Re: [Harp-L] perfect pitch

When you toss the banjo into the dumpster and it lands directly on the accordion.


When life asks you to jump in...
----- Original Message ----- From: "Buck Worley" <boogalloo@xxxxxxx>
To: "Robert" <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:45 PM
Subject: 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

Robert Hale
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