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#75343 - 07/08/02 08:33 PM Re: wondering
quayle Offline
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Does anybody here have perfect pitch?


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#75344 - 07/08/02 08:34 PM Re: wondering
Wordwind Offline
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I sing and play piano, harpsichord (some difference in technique from piano), some African drumming, recorder, violin (but I progressed only through the fourth book in the Suzuki School (and that's sortof at the end of being a beginner), and I studied flute through the end of high. I was a rotten flutist. Piano is the most natural for me.


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#75345 - 07/08/02 11:20 PM Re: wondering
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I play the stereo [flipping hair off shoulders-e]


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#75346 - 07/09/02 04:33 AM Re: wondering
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I play the stereo [flipping hair off shoulders-e]

LOL



Aside: I'm going to try Helen's TV + middle C trick as soon as I get home tonight. If the kids thought I was a bit mad before, they'll be convinced now .
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#75347 - 07/09/02 06:10 AM Re: Does anybody here have perfect pitch?
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I don't. There are programs that purport to develop perfect pitch, but I don't see that there's much to gain. There are so many professional musicians who don't have perfect pitch, and some musicians who do have perfect pitch have expressed how that ability sometimes gets in the way of performance when slight changes in key are made. Also, having perfect pitch does not guarantee that one will be a good musician.

If I believed that perfect pitch would help improve my musicianship in a way to make appreciable gains, I'd probably look into one of the programs available to help develop it or, at least, to make some improvements.

Also, if I believed it could generally improve musicianship, I would use such a program in music lessons at my school. The most I've read about gains made has been in the advertising literature for such programs.

It is more important to develop knowledge of relative pitch, and everybody is capable of developing those skills.


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#75348 - 07/09/02 08:05 AM Re: Does anybody here have perfect pitch?
boronia Offline
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I've always been the most a-musical (and not in an amusing way) person I know. Last fall, I started singing lessons -- what a joy -- I LOVE it! Although I was VERY pitch-ignorant at first, I've been improving considerably (just sang a solo at a student recital a few weeks ago).

My instructor has said there are 2 kinds of perfect pitch - absolute pitch (where someone can sing any particular note on demand, or can name any particular note s/he hears -- it's all about labelling), and relative pitch (more common -- once you're given a note, you can move up or down from it with ease -- I think). She said she had read studies indicating that perfect pitch is developed between the ages of 2 and 5; once that window is missed, the note-sound-label connection won't be made. And, as Wordwind pointed out, perfect pitch does not necessarily make you a better singer.

oops - just saw Wordwind's last line. Should have read more carefully - could've avoided redundancy.

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#75349 - 07/09/02 04:05 PM Perfect pitch
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Nope. My vision's so bad i can't even see the plate from that far away! I hold the record for hitting batters.

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#75350 - 07/09/02 05:33 PM Re: Imperfect pitch/Hitting batters
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#@*#*#@ I hold the record for hitting batters.#@*#*#@

Ha! Best laugh of the evening!


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#75351 - 07/09/02 05:55 PM Re: Imperfect pitch/Hitting batters
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Dear TEd: you are perfectly equipped to be an Umpire. Go for it.


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#75352 - 07/09/02 06:19 PM Every pitcher tells a story
FishonaBike Offline
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I hold the record for hitting batters

What was that Helen said (cross-threading) about how humming a perfect middle C makes your telly go haywire? Perhaps someone should see if it has the same effect on batters.

Excellent local acoustics would be required for this to work.

The pitcher's secret weapon would then be perfect pitch with a perfect pitch on a perfect pitch.




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