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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Cut the middle, May 21, 2020 at 4:03 PM.
I don't. I have imperfect relative pitch.
How 'bout you?
No, I have relative pitch down pretty well, but absolute pitch is a lot tougher. Getting better at it with practice.
How do you go about practicing that? Thanks?
My pitch memory is strong enough that I found it very hard to play a bass tuned in D standard - the notes that I hear in my head made me go for a certain place on the bass, and the note...wasn't there. I could do it, but to be consistent enough to play a gig, I had to rehearse for a week before the gig all on a bass tuned in D standard - even then, I'd hit a note here or there where it was "supposed to be" rather than were it really was.
I now use 5 string basses when I need notes below E. It's just easier for me than fighting my pitch memory.
I thought that I was almost tone-deaf, but this test confirms that I truly am:
The Music Lab
Gonna take this test one day in the distant future!
Thanks for posting this.
29/32, 2.6 sec response time with phone that needed firm multiple taps.
Nope. I recently heard that if you don't have it by age 6 you won't get it. However relative pitch is something everyone can work on. I think it's something I could get decent at but I guess I'm too lazy or not interested enough to pursue it in an academic manner. I want my ear for intervals and pitches to develop in the course of playing a lot of music.
Read a most interesting book about this recently, but I'll let someone smarter than me chime in.... Paging @Danielle Meyer
I have very good relative pitch, I don't really even need a tuner although I do use them but I don't have perfect pitch, once I hear one note I can find the pitch on my bass almost immediately. I can hear songs in my head in the correct key though but if you tell me to sing an A for example I can't do it which I believe is what perfect pitch is. There's a guy on youtube who says that young people can learn it but there's a window and once you go by that window it's impossible to learn, again, who knows? I will say though the more I play the better my ears get, if I lay off or slow down practicing I start to lose my hearing acuity slowly.
A sax player friend of mine’s daughter could demonstrate her perfect pitch when she was around 3yrs(iirc). He had a large piano keyboard poster on the floor, he’d play a note and she would go to the correct spot on the keyboard.
Perfect pitch can be a great tool and blessing but also a PITA in certain situations. You hear stories about vocalists touring back in the day and performing in rooms that have pianos tuned slightly sharp or flat...absolute nightmare.
Like Milli Vanilli?
I took it three times,
first: 27/32, 59%,
2nd: 26/32, 45%,
third: 31/32, 98%,
0.7 seconds each time.
The first two times I was worrying about my time, the third time I stopped looking at the screen and just listened and didn't worry about the time and did what I thought I should have done the first time. I do think they include reaction time because the quicker you are the more confident you are (?)
30/32 1.2 seconds, should’ve used earbuds. Sadly I’m pretty good with higher pitches...it’s the low notes(that I play for a living!!) that give me trouble I think. FWIW, that test has nothing to do with “perfect pitch”.
Yup, it's relative pitch.
I have it. I actually meant to hit all those clams.....
Did the test; got 32 of 32 correct. 1 second.
Same and no earbuds but you beat my time by .6 seconds. I've been wondering why time is measured in such a test. I also have more trouble hearing the lower pitches.
The times reported are not reflective of reality. Perhaps my upload speed?