Perfect Pitch

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    All I can say is my life would have taken a whole other direction if I wasn't a tone deaf weasel.

     
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    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.
     
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    No, that's intonation. Matching pitch. That's not what musicians mean when they say "perfect pitch". Perfect pitch is described in the video.
     
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    None of The Beatles could read or write a note of music
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I find that hard to believe.
     
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