[Menvi-discuss] blind musicians with perfect pitch
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Mon Sep 18 08:32:22 EDT 2017
I have really been enjoying this thread on perfect pitch. One thing that's really difficult for me, is playing on the keyboard when someone has hit the key transpose. Because a "see" the keys in my mind when I play, it really messes me up when I think one pitch and hear another. That being said, my perfect pitch has been a blessing throughout my life. I love to be able to transcribe things that I hear in the key in which they were written. It also helps out in so many other ways. Thanks for a great discussion!
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> On Sep 17, 2017, at 9:30 AM, Jared Rimer - MENVI webmaster via Menvi-discuss <menvi-discuss at menvi.org> wrote:
> I think I would have the same reaction as you when asked to sing it in a different key than the one its supposed to be in. It'd take me a bit to figure that one out too. That was a great chuckle. Thanks for sharing.
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> On 9/17/2017 7:47 AM, Chris Smart via Menvi-discuss wrote:
>>> Perfect pitch, although useful, I think is overrated. and, that's from someone who definitely has it. I can hum or sing any note, without a reference, very accurately, and name things very quickly upon hearing them. In fact, when attending live jazz concerts, I wish I could turn that part of my brain off, and hear the music more how others do. In other words, I wish I could stop naming every chord as it goes by, every note, and be affected more on an emotional level.
>> It used to give me real problems when, in sight singing class, our teacher would say something like "ok, let's sing example 4, but transposed up a third. Whaaaat? My brain has real trouble trying to read, say, C E G, but sing F A C. For this reason, I try to learn tunes in several keys now, so I'm not as reliant on my pitch memory.
>> As a friend of mine likes to say, whenever the subject of learning by ear comes up: absolute pitch just gets you the first note. Relative pitch can get you every note after that.
>> "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer
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