[Harp-L] Positions Modes and the Harp_L List.

The Iceman icemanle@xxxxx
Sat Oct 27 13:39:09 EDT 2018

Sorry, but your perfect pitch comment is not accurate. It can be learned at any age.

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From: Arthur Jennings via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>
To: Aongus Mac Cana <amaccana at xxxxx>
Cc: Harp-L List <harp-l at xxxxx>
Sent: Sat, Oct 27, 2018 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Positions Modes and the Harp_L List.

Relative pitch -- naming notes and chords in relation to a reference pitch -- can be learned by almost anyone, given sufficient effort.

Absolute (a.k.a. "Perfect") pitch -- naming notes and chords without a reference pitch -- seems to be something you have to develop in infancy.

People who muddle the difference between those two say you can develop perfect pitch, but they are really talking about highly developed relative pitch.

> On Oct 27, 2018, at 9:08 AM, Aongus Mac Cana <<a href="mailto:amaccana at xxxxx">amaccana at xxxxx</a>> wrote:
> Michael Rubin's generous response to my dumb enquiry on the above topic and
> the response of others reaffirms to me what is terrific resource this forum
> is.
> Dare I raise the topics of Perfect and Relative Pitch?  
> David Lucas Burge claims that these skills can be learned. 
> I invested in his CD course and think that he might be right. If I could be
> a bit more persistent I would know for sure.
> Has anyone else established that Perfect Pitch is not just a God given gift
> only bestowed on the privileged few?
> Beannachtai
> Aongus Mac Cana

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