David Lucas Burge's Perfect Pitch - Is it worth time and effort?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by FreakCM, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. FreakCM


    Jul 24, 2011
    Hey fellas, sorry if i opened this thread unnecessary, but i wasn't able to find anything that will answer the answer i have.

    I managed to get my hands on relative pitch by David Lucas Burge, and i am wondering is it worth the effort of practicing for 30 minutes every day, or should i try to spend that time a little more useful? I have limited time every day (aprox. 3h) so i am wondering what would be smarter to do, do this course, dedicate that time transcribing of the records, or try to get some other course(it looks like people find Gary Willis' relative pitch training good, which one do you think is better?)

    And while I'm here, do you have any easy songs to recommend to a young wannabe with a pretty lousy ear :D

    Thanks a lot in advance :)

    EDIT: The title is wrong, but since i haven't posted a lot i don't know if i can change it and how, i am actually talking about relative pitch course
  2. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Northern California
    For me I think transcribing helps your ear the most. What I would do if I were in your shoes, is to listen to some top 40 songs (they are usually really easy). Once you think you've figured it out go and look at a tab and see if the notes you were hearing are right. Don't rely on tabs, rely on your ears. Practicing 30 minutes a day of just transcribing will make your ear a whole lot better. Though I haven't used any of these ear training courses it's hard to say whether they work or not. I have the Gary Willis ear training book in PDF that I was considering looking at, but I think I would rather play my instrument and figure out a few easy Top 40 songs. Even old hip-hop and R&B tunes have some smooth bass lines in them that will challenge your ear. That's my suggestion, good luck and have fun with it.

    -Adam Prado
  3. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    There is no scientific evidence anywhere of any adult ever learning perfect pitch by any training method. If you don't already have perfect pitch, it is smarter study and learn relative pitch.
  4. FreakCM


    Jul 24, 2011
    I was actually trying to edit the title but my connection shut down ;) i was thinking about relative pitch course, but i wrote perfect pitch instead ;)
  5. I tried these relative pitch programs twice and it just did not take - for me. IMO

    Speaking of Perfect Pitch. Perfect pitch IMO is a curse. Played with a guy that has perfect pitch, he was always leaning over and telling me; "Your Flat". Or retuning in the middle of a song because he had gone flat. Notice I said I played with a guy -- he is not with us now. Drove everyone crazy. Relative pitch would be nice, but, it has not happened for me.

    For what I play, Country, there is always some fake chord or lead sheet music available. Of course neither have the bass clef so I'm on my own as to what exact notes to put in my bass line. So far chord tones have done the job. Bear in mind with Country it's root - five and chromatic runs to the next chord.

    Plus I like the freedom of being able to add what I want and not have to copy note for note what the original artist did. I would love to have relative pitch in my bag of tricks, just have not given it the time necessary - I had other things that were more important - back then - and now I'm happy doing what I do. It's a hobby.

    My two cents on the subject.