PipeChat Digest #1429 - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 Perfect pitch by <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Perfect Pitch by "Bruce Behnke" <email@example.com> Re: Perfect pitch by "Bob Scarborough" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(back) Subject: Perfect pitch From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 23:15:06 EDT In my thirty years of musical experience I have only met one person who really had perfect pitch. I have met many others who claimed to have it. Being a natural born skeptic I had to test them ( playing a middle G# - "John, what's this? What? What note is this? Uuuuh. it's a B. Sorry John = it's a G# . Yeah that's what I said a G that's a little sharp." Yeah. Right. ) This person with true perfect pitch was conditioned at a young age to sing = the notes of the scale as he played them during piano lessons. This = actually conditioned the auditory cortex ( Brain surgeons help me out here ) of his = young and forming brain to recognize tones as notes. This guy was = incredible. If we were sent to service an organ that we hadn't been to before, he = could tell if it was an A=3D440 or an A=3D435 organ by ear. Oddly enough he = considered perfect pitch to be a burden rather than an asset. Being a choir director, = organist and tuner he was often torn between his perfect pitch, the = wandering pitch of the pipe organ and piano. He was the person who taught me the = right way to tune an organ. From him I learned the concept of less is more. Many = organ service persons could benefit from his advice. Stop ripping the = scrolls on reed and string pipes. Stop beating on cone tuned pipes and stop tuning = organs at 4:00 PM when they are played at 9:30 AM. Etc. Alan B.
(back) Subject: Perfect Pitch From: "Bruce Behnke" <email@example.com> Date: Tue, 30 May 00 21:40:37 -0700 >Perfect pitch as far as I am concerned is the ability to pitch a note = given a >reference note. For instance when training a choir someone with PP could >pitch >the tenor note given the alto etc. and could pitch the first note for the = >next >anthem in a different key. I can do that and also can my son who is a >professional tuner. It does not mean that he or she can pitch a perfect = A=3D440 >without any reference note, although I have known one or two people who >can do >that.. I was taught that this was "Relative Pitch" or basically a good ear. Perfect Pitch or Absolute Pitch allows the tormented individual to identify any pitch heard or produce vocally any pitch asked for independent of anything heard. Bruce
(back) Subject: Re: Perfect pitch From: "Bob Scarborough" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 23:35:33 At 11:15 PM 5/30/2000 EDT, you wrote: >In my thirty years of musical experience I have only met one person who >really had perfect pitch. I have met many others who claimed to have it. >Being a natural born skeptic I had to test them ( playing a middle = G#<snip> I agree...true perfect pitch is rare, indeed. Excellent relative pitch, however, is quite common. I've done the same tests, with similar results. DeserTBoB