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!
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--Former Cal Band Director Bob Briggs, rehearsing the final chord of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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.
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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. Without perfect pitch, those sorts of conditions are bearable.
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