Discussion in 'Music' started by CrusaderFrank, Nov 28, 2018.
All I can say is my life would have taken a whole other direction if I wasn't a tone deaf weasel.
He is wrong that perfect pitch is equal to being able to label the key name as played. Perfect pitch is able to hear a note and being able to recreate it perfectly on key. There are those with perfect pitch that can’t read a note of music on paper. That was a truly bad example for his belief.
No, that's intonation. Matching pitch. That's not what musicians mean when they say "perfect pitch". Perfect pitch is described in the video.
None of The Beatles could read or write a note of music
You are describing relative pitch or "playing by ear". It's pretty common for musicians to have this skill. Perfect pitch is being able to identify the key of a song just by hearing it or identify the exact notes of a chord by hearing it.
Relative pitch is being able to find any other note on the scale from a reference note. It's a "sight-singing" skill--and does involve hearing by ear, but also a little more than that. Not just, say, the chord progressions normally found in pop music but actual melody lines and etc.
A lot of musicians can't--rock and pop musicians. I tell my young students that when you can read music and "play by ear", you have the best of both worlds. I hope they listen--sometimes I think it's a bunch of blah blah. Ha
I am a musician, I can read, write and play by ear. I have good relative pitch but do not have perfect pitch. Relative pitch definitely involves hearing by ear. I hear a song and go over to the piano and within a couple of notes I can play the melody and if it's not too complicated I can put chords to it. That is relative pitch.
My Great-Grandpappy had it. I am not that fortunate, AFAIK. I don't mess with music enough to know.
Tbh, I think it's all about tone memory.
You remember a tone and use relative pitch from there. I just tested myself with a tuning fork and was just about dead nuts on A-440.
One has to think these things in order for them to happen. Now as for doing a Mixolydian mode off that A-440? Not happening for me. With some practice, perhaps..
Like I said, I don't mess with music that much.
I can't even do a C-major scale from that A right now. I can do that A though.
With the right relative-pitch skills, one could work it all out.
I find that hard to believe.
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