[Menvi-discuss] blind musicians with perfect pitch

Chris Smart csmart8 at cogeco.ca
Mon Sep 18 15:34:34 EDT 2017


hhahahaha the results would have been pretty funny though!

At 01:21 PM 9/18/2017, you wrote:
>Speaking of key transpose and perfect pitch: I was in the right 
>place at the right time. Some folks were practicing for a worship 
>service. The keyboard player hit the key transpose, they practiced a 
>song and then were done. The unsuspecting bass player walked up to 
>the keyboard and started tuning his instrument. I cringed. I was 
>sitting in the audience beforehand.  Things were pretty informal, so 
>I walked up and explained that the E he was expecting was really not 
>an E.  There was a bit of a language barrier, so I patiently 
>explained that he could not tune his instrument yet. The pianist 
>finally overheard what was happening and fixed the keyboard back. 
>That would have been awful if he had not discovered that he was a 
>half-step off!
>
>Chris Cooke
>
>
>Music of the heart
>Worshiping God
>Bringing musicians together
>www.Playhymns.com
>
> > On Sep 18, 2017, at 6:17 AM, Karen Gearreald via Menvi-discuss 
> <menvi-discuss at menvi.org> wrote:
> >
> > Yes, those automatic transposers are killers.  A few months ago 
> at a morning
> > church service, I started playing the doxology in what I expected to be the
> > key of G, as I have done hundreds of times.  What I didn't realize was that
> > because I was using an unfamiliar keyboard, I was dealing with an automatic
> > transposition feature which had not been readjusted to normal.  My doxology
> > was therefore sounding in the key of F.  Fortunately the piece was very
> > short and somehow I survived.  Apparently the congregation did 
> not know that
> > I was in total panic.  It did sound funny to hear people sing the song in
> > such a low key, and now I can laugh about the whole experience.  Even
> > sighted people sometimes forget to readjust the transposer.  A light on the
> > keyboard reminds them, but they don't always see it.
> >                        Karen Gearreald  .
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Menvi-discuss [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of
> > Chris Cooke via Menvi-discuss
> > Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 8:32 AM
> > To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
> > Cc: Chris Cooke
> > Subject: Re: [Menvi-discuss] blind musicians with perfect pitch
> >
> > 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!
> > Chris Cooke
> >
> >
> > Music of the heart
> > Worshiping God
> > Bringing musicians together
> > www.Playhymns.com
> >
> >> On Sep 17, 2017, at 9:30 AM, Jared Rimer - MENVI webmaster via
> > Menvi-discuss <menvi-discuss at menvi.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Chris,
> >>
> >> 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.
> >>
> >> Jared Rimer
> >> Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired www.menvi.org
> >> bridging the gap between the blind and music education
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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.
> >>> Chris
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