Perfect pitch and transposing instruments

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Haste2, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

    Jun 6, 2010
    There are a lot of famous classical composers in that list of people with perfect pitch .... Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, Motzart, Rimsky-Korsakov. That seems like a significant pattern.

    However, the people hosting the list are selling a course to TEACH you perfect pitch. I thought that you couldn't learn perfect pitch, but just either had it or not??? :dontknow:

  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    try keeping time with your left foot. that activates a side of the brain not normally used for playing
  3. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Cooler Dave, it may be inappropriate to ask, but does he have any musical skills and has he learned to read Braille?
  4. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Turtle, I really don't know whether one can learn "perfect pitch" but I do think the vocalists mentioned (and others) have learned sufficiently to stay in tune with the instrumental music supporting them and well enough to sing a capella those songs they've memorized.

    I once heard a demonstration of an instrumentalist who played songs in every key and would change the tempos etc. to many rhythms. It was very impressive, but some just didn't click with what I was familiar with. Dixie was composed by Walter Donaldson in C Major, but I prefer to play it in D Major on my Bb trumpet. Works for me!
  5. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    If you are really doing that then you actually are playing it in concert C major, that how it will sound to the listener.
  6. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    No, when I cite key signatures I always do so in concert key, in this instance D Major for the Bb trumpet would be 4 sharps as in appearance only would look like E Major in concert key. Too, of course, I'm playing 2 semi-tones higher than that for a C instrument that if they were to accompany me would also have to play in D Major with two sharps. It's just something I learned when the key signature is called from the conductor's podium. I just think Dixie has more "snap" and brilliance played higher and with a faster tempo. If a conductor wanted to change key signature, do you think he/she would tell each instrument type (Bb, C, D, Eb, F, and BBb) how they should play it. Ain't gonna happen in my world!

    However, I made a big boo boo! The song I referred to is NOT Dixie, but is Carolina in the Mornin'. Walter Donaldson was a pianist and indoctrinated into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dixie is attributed to Daniel Emmett, but has many challenges as to origin. Oops, such happens when you bring a Yankee to the the South (me).
  7. brassplayer

    brassplayer Pianissimo User

    May 6, 2009
    San Gabriel, CA
    It may not be possible to learn perfect pitch. However, over time, you might become familiar enough with certain pitches that they become internalized. As an example, my college Band Director said he could pretty consistently sing a Db and Bb, two pitches which are quite common in Band literature.

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