Help, I'm developing perfect pitch!
Hear me out. Previously, like pretty much everyone else, I'd assumed it to be impossible to develop perfect pitch after the age of, say, 5 or 7. For someone like myself who started in music when they were twelve, it would be unheard of as far as I know. But for the past little while my pitch memory has been becoming far better than I ever remember it being. I can tune my violin starting on any string to exactly the correct note every time, no matter how out-of-tune it was. What's more, when I hear a song on the radio I seem to always recall it in the correct key even a day or two later. In one case, a melody I'd heard weeks ago didn't "feel" right on the piano in any key except the one I heard it in.
Not quite naming the pitch of sliding chairs and creaky doors, but I feel like it's something. From what I've seen, most of the pros in my immediate area don't have this level of pitch recall if they don't have perfect pitch. Thoughts?
I've noticed my ability to guess correctly when I sing something improving a little over the last few years, or stuff like singing my a440 before tuning. I think that while my pitch memory has gotten and is getting slightly better, I am decidedly not developing perfect pitch. Who knows, but you are probably especially noticing all the times you get it right, and subconsciously downplaying all the times you don't.
Most players will develop relative perfect pitch after some time. At the very least you can probably do an "A" in your head and derive everything else from that.
When I tune up a newly strung violin, I try to get the pitch right, when I compare it to my keyboard, I'm always quite flat!!
I've experienced the same and I only played guitar for a couple of years. On the way to a gig my friend decided he needed to replace with new strings, I was tasked with changing them. Without any pitch reference I tuned them up to concert pitch, he made a point of telling me this because he must of been expecting it to be way out of tune. How can this be because I don't have perfect pitch. I decided it was due to the continual practice of tuning with a tuning fork which developed the memory for string pitches and the feel for the correct tension of the strings.
I used to have perfect pitch, but it has deteriorated! Wreaks havoc with my playing of the E-major Prelude!
I don’t have perfect pitch:(.
There are always exceptions. Perhaps you really are developing perfect pitch, or maybe like Lydia said it's relative pitch that just happens to be REALLY strong. Everyone has a different level of pitch sense.
You don't need help unless you become one of those people who have to point it out every.single.time. that they have perfect pitch. So annoying.
I don't have perfect pitch :) ....
Kiki speaks the truth.
I used to be conceited. But not any more. Now I'm perfect.
Have you noticed a lump growing on your head over the right temporal lobe?
For me it is simply a sign of how often I have been practicing lately. If enough, then I have the open strings in my head and then a good relative pitch (recognizing intervals quickly and reliably) indeed gives you (a kind of) absolute pitch.
I was always told that perfect pitch was a gift that only a few rare people are born with. The rest of us can acquire a good degree of relative pitch through hard and consistent practice. But alas, we can also lose it through neglect...
Parker has it right—perfect pitch is an innate ability that only shows up in a very small number of people. It isn’t something that can be developed. Those that have the ability simply have it and don’t need to do anything to develop or maintain it. Perfect pitch is not a guarantee of good playing or technical ability. My father had a classmate in music school who had perfect pitch. Not only could he easily name any random note played without any thought, he could listen to a random selection of notes played simultaneously on the piano and identify them all, also without any effort. I have only met one person who may have had perfect pitch. He could identify a pitch immediately, but I couldn’t be sure that he didn’t just have a good ear.
Yeah, I'm aware of all that. I'm half-joking, here. That said, I dunno if it's relative pitch to be able to wake up in the morning and immediately be able to produce an exact G, D, A, or E—more like some pitch memory muscle that I've developed by accident. But then isn't that a kind of faux-pp in and of itself?
I’m not sure why you couldn’t develop it. Perhaps you have it but don’t realize it until you use it some time after learning the names of pitches. I didn’t know I could play a polyrhythm with my left and right hands until someone introduced me to the concept. It didn’t come automatically; it required development. To be honest, I haven’t met a non musician who could bang out a three against two without knowledge of what they were doing. Maybe they’re out; I just haven’t met them.
From what I've seen, most of the pros in my immediate area don't have this level of pitch recall if they don't have perfect pitch.
Faux-pp is when you make an error so quietly that few people notice.