perfect pitch study/test

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by coolerdave, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    And the rest of us, as soon as the pianist comes in with the accompaniment!
  2. brassplayer

    brassplayer Pianissimo User

    May 6, 2009
    San Gabriel, CA
    I always roll my eyes when I hear an orchestra perform The Stars and Stripes Forever a half-step lower than Sousa's original. I suppose those weenie string players can't handle the flat keys! ROFL
  3. stevesf

    stevesf Piano User

    Jun 23, 2010
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I don't pretend to have "perfect" pitch but I think I have pretty darn good relative pitch.
    I can diffinately tell when a piece is performed in a different key than norm.
  4. turtlejimmy

    turtlejimmy Utimate User

    Jun 6, 2010
    I don't think perfect pitch is something that you'd want .... Relative pitch is the thing to have, which is fortunate because that's most of us. With good relative pitch you can play in tune and still be relaxed and flexible with your surroundings.

    I played every week in an open jam for a whole winter with an out of tune piano (guitar/vocals). The piano was in tune with itself but flat by quite a bit. There was often a discussion about tuning down to the piano (my preference) or not bothering ... in which case everyone tuned to concert pitch and suffered.:stars: Without perfect pitch, those sorts of conditions are bearable.

  5. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    I roll my eyes when the U.S. Marine Corps Band (The President's Own) crescendos their bass and drums in the finale to literally obliterate the reprise of the piccolo part. Sousa wrote no crescendo for basses and drums at that point. Be mindful that Sousa was first a master violin player and reputed to have perfect pitch.

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