Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by bb77, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. bb77


    Oct 13, 2001
    I''ve tried for months and i still can't get it: the perfect pitch.
    I 've heard I can't get perfect pitch anymore because I have to born with it, but at I tried the relative and I still can't tell the difference betweenn a D and an A.
    Any tips or anything please!
  2. watt

    watt TalkBass Pro Supporting Member


    this is a hard thing to learn but it shouldn't stop you from working the bass! as long as your machine is in tune, you can hit the right note by fretting it - you don't need to "know" its pitch or even sing it in your head. as for trying to learn perfect pitch, I don't have any tips cuz I don't have it either! intervals are probably easier to learn, like the natural third - sing the end of the first line of that french song, "frere jacques," it goes like this: "father john" the 'fa' part is the root, the 'ther' part is the second and the 'john' part is the third. for the flatted third, used willie dixon's "spoonful" - the 'spoon' part is the root and the 'ful' part is the flatted third.

    the important thing is don't let not having perfect pitch intimidate you. bass is also a lot about rhythm and not all about harmony. in fact, rhythm is a huge part.

    on bass, watt