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is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lara Poe Dec 7. 25 Replies

I saw that Julie Harris mentioned in a blog post that her composition students "mostly have perfect pitch". How much advantage does perfect pitch bring to a composer? It's obvious it'll make it…Continue

 

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Lara Poe replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"It can be quite irritating, but usually it doesn't get this bad.  Most folks with PP (or least that I've seen) learn to deal with it in various ways, with varying degrees of success.  Personally I found learning to cope with…"
Dec 7
Rick Waugh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"In my junior high school there was a girl who had perfect pitch. She also had a number of mental and physical problems, not enough to keep her out of school, but they made her life more than a bit difficult. She could not abide any music that was…"
Dec 6
Rick Waugh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"I have a friend who when he tunes his guitar, he tunes the A string to a perfect "A", then tunes the guitar from there. He trained himself to be able to do that, but aside from that one note, simply has good relative pitch. I had not heard…"
Dec 6
Lara Poe replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Addendum: I was trying to edit this question and it didn't let me post the edit for some reason.   Couple more things: There are issues that you can run into if you have perfect pitch and don't develop a sense of relative pitch, and…"
Dec 3
Lara Poe replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Short answer: It's useful if you do have it, and if you have it, you will end up relying on it to some degree at least (just because it's there and will affect how you hear things).  But it's not necessary.   Long answer:…"
Dec 3
Manfred Goop replied to James Price's discussion Find work as a composer
"In case it's of interest, here's a very general article I saw: https://audioskills.com/post/4938/ And why not take a quick look at…"
Nov 30
Manfred Goop replied to TH Piano's discussion TH Piano - A long way to glory (symphonic soundtrack)
"Gosh, I liked this a lot, too. Melodic motifs, and you know how to build a nice crescendo. The instrumentation sounded excellent, too (to my humble ears). Julie asked, Julie, on SoundCloud you can put a track on repeat (there's an icon for…"
Nov 26
Julie Harris replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Manfred, I really like your example.  I will use that one from now on!   I design a lot of computer graphics and totally appreciate having many shades of orange (and other colors) in one "orange" item, as well as exactly…"
Nov 22
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Pitch, as our brains perceive it, is not necessarily tied to a specific (physical) frequency.  As Manfred says, it could be a range of frequencies that's grouped under the umbrella of a single "pitch". Physiologically speaking,…"
Nov 22
Manfred Goop replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Dear Ray, The key concept you may be neglecting is the concept of "more or less". I will try to sound cultured by using the term "range" instead. The "more or less" is how we have the color orange (and the other colors…"
Nov 22
Manfred Goop replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"I'm finding out that I'm very bad at this (forum participation) because I started this discussion but don't know how to carry along with it. Thanks to everyone else here, I feel I can leave it in their hands and I can just read their…"
Nov 22
Julie Harris replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Ray, all of these terms are just consensus anyway.  We've arbitrarily used "A" "B" "C" or "ut" "re" "mi" or "do" "re" "mi" to give what we call…"
Nov 22
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"Yeah, I remember trying to "acquire" PP by following what my friend did -- play a reference pitch repeatedly and trying to "memorize" it.  It didn't work for me.  It lasted as long as I consciously kept that pitch…"
Nov 21
Ian Ring replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"By my early teens I already had impeccable relative pitch, but I really wanted to have PP to know what all the fuss was about. So I experimented on myself; I had a little electronic metronome that also played a tuning tone (this was in the 1980s, so…"
Nov 21
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"P.S. Some funny anecdotes: I have a friend who does has PP, and I remember when we were kids he would have these "PP practice sessions" where he would play a note on the piano and concentrate really hard to try to "learn" its…"
Nov 21
H. S. Teoh replied to Manfred Goop's discussion is perfect pitch an advantage to a composer?
"I don't have perfect pitch, and I truly envy those who do! But I have found that my "relative pitch" has been immensely helpful in transposing on-the-fly.  Since what I "hear" in my head does not have a fixed pitch, I…"
Nov 21

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
USA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm an amateur composer who likes melodic classical music.

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At 8:34am on November 16, 2017, Julie Harris said…

Welcome to Composers Forum, Manfred.

We look forward to getting to know you and to hearing some of your melodic classical music!

 
 
 

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