[Dixielandjazz] Perfect (sic) pitch.
Fr M J (Mike) Logsdon
mjl at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jun 5 13:24:34 PDT 2005
> An interesting question on "perfect pitch" might be: "What about people
> raised with the folkloric "natural scale" or with scales that are now considered
> "high pitch" or anywhere that A does not equal 440?
> Would a person with perfect pitch in our America (western world) society
> today have had perfect pitch in a different world/time? Probably I would guess.
This has all been very interesting. Especially as I used to indulge in
historic Southern shape-note gospel singing. The closest I ever got to
"perfect pitch" was someone who knew what it was, though didn't have it.
I confess, though my voice has its qualities, that I am, indisputably,
of IMperfect pitch. There are those who lean sharp, there are those who
lean flat. I'm of the flat variety. Whilst in my college's chamber
singers, my own personal trick was to *consciously* sing sharp, so as to
overwrite, so to speak, my flatness!,
Fr M J "Mike" Logsdon
Special Assistant to the Presiding Archbishop
North American Old Roman Catholic Church (Utrecht Succession)
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