Often we hear the term “perfect pitch”(not to be confused with intonation) My students ask me often as to what it is. I can only give a theory but not an answer, as I believe it is a process of the brain that I cannot explain. We are amazed at someone who can name the note played on a piano. Would it really be more realistic to consider the talent not as a phenomenon of nature, but simply a keen understand of intervals? I am perplexed, for the fact that today’s standard of A’=440 MHz was not always the standard. It is only a reference point, and was instituted for logical reasons. What if on played an A’ on an early piano-forte, such as Mozart or even Beethoven would have known, that was tuned A’=415 MHz or slightly higher or lower, respectively, but not A’=440? Would that mean that someone who possesses perfect pitch would name the A’ as G#’? How could this happen, unless they have an established and recognized reference point within the brain?
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