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#1162663 - 03/14/09 10:33 AM perfect pitch question?
storm Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
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hi

I start listening david lucas burge course "perfect pitch"

And he said it is "color discrimination" and not how high pitch is.

I need answer from someone who have perfect pitch,is perfect pitch abilitie to distinguish "pitch quality("color") , or how high it is?
So far i was thinking only about "high-low" quality?

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#1162667 - 03/14/09 10:42 AM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: storm]
keystring Offline
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Registered: 12/11/07
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Hi Storm. Until someone answers, do have a search because several long threads on the subject exist that may give you a ton of answers. smile

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#1162702 - 03/14/09 12:24 PM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: keystring]
Larisa Offline
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It is about "how high" the note is - i.e. is it a G or an A. But the different notes feel like different colors.

Think about how your eye distinguishes color. When a light wave of a certain frequency enters the eye, you experience it as "red". When a higher-frequency light wave enters the eye, you experience it as "green". Perfect pitch is exactly like that. A sound wave of a certain frequency enters your ear, and you experience it as "G"; a higher-frequency sound wave enters your ear, and you experience it as "A". And A is as different from G as red is different from green.

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#1162923 - 03/14/09 10:49 PM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: Larisa]
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Registered: 10/30/06
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OK... This is my opinion on it...

I was born with perfect pitch practically to the nth degree of perfection. I don't know why I was born with it, but I have it.

I don't see colour when I hear a note, in fact I don't know what people mean when they say that... Some people have even associated emotions with different notes... I still don't have a clue what they mean when they say that.

I don't think about 'how high' the note is...

I just instinctivally know if a note is an E, or an A, or an F#... and even do it subconsciously. I can listen to a piano concerto and work out the notes while typing on the computer.

But that's just me.

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#1163064 - 03/15/09 09:53 AM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: Perfect Pitch]
rada Offline
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Registered: 09/07/06
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I have somewhere between relative and perfect pitch and I never hear any color...do not even understand what that means but I can hear the difference between the black keys and the white keys.
I just don't associate sound with color...moods yes.

rada
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Edited by rada (03/15/09 09:53 AM)

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#1167299 - 03/23/09 01:10 PM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: rada]
stevewoodzell Offline
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Registered: 03/21/09
Posts: 22
Loc: Brooklyn, NY
I think they mean color in an sense, which makes sense to me even though I have no perfect pitch.. for instance I frequently hear that the black keys sound "darker" than the white keys

I am trying to develop this as well but have no idea how to do so short of habitually checking the key of everything I listen to..

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#1919794 - 06/27/12 10:50 PM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: storm]
Murtagh394 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/12
Posts: 5
Loc: Banned
I think steve is right its not actually seeing colors they just mean its a sensory experience like color. so for example f sounds one way and g sounds another to the ear like red looks one way and green looks another to your eye. also laurisa's example illustrates the point very clearly. the only thing i would ad is that myself being someone that has gained perfect pitch from that course is that in the begining days of perfect pitch you don't always experience a note and instantly think g first thing. what happens is you hear the tone sounds one way and you learn to connect the name to the sound like you would for visual colors. that course is a great way for anyone to gain pp.

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#1919900 - 06/28/12 05:32 AM Re: perfect pitch question? [Re: storm]
Bobpickle Offline

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Registered: 05/24/12
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I believe the color reference was meant metaphorically unless you happen to be Alexander Scriabin or also coincidentally suffer from synesthesia

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