RE: [Harp-L] perfect pitch

I thought that perfect pitch is when the banjo player throws his banjo over the piano and hits the harp player... :D

> Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:31:10 -0700
> From: robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [Harp-L] perfect pitch
> Don't be troubled by talk of Perfect pitch, and think that you were born
> musically disadvantaged. Instead, choose to cultivate your Relative pitch
> over time and enjoy the heck out of your music.
> Perfect pitch and Relative pitch are not mutually exclusive. Relative pitch
> does not necessarily lead to Perfect pitch. Each has its
> musical contributions. Many more of us benefit from Relative pitch in our
> musical journey. (What is the chord change? How far is that next note?)
> If you exhibit Perfect pitch today, but were born in another time and
> place, would you have Perfect pitch? If "yes," then it is acquired as
> a cultural norm. In this sense it is "relative" to the period of music in
> which you acquired it, and not a cosmic absolute.
> Perfect pitch, then, is the fine and precise identification of a pitch in
> isolation, without a reference tone.
> Relative pitch is the ability to identify a note as an interval FROM a
> recently heard reference tone.
> Interesting site here:
> And a better one here:
> (read about pitch wars, and pitch inflation)
> Perfect pitch (absolute pitch) most often references A=440hz today in
> America. But concert pitch has ranged from 409-450 hz. in Europe from
> 1700's.
> Robert Hale
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