Pure Pitch Method – Master Absolute Pitch & Relative quality
From the desk of: Ryan Cameron
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Did you know that for centuries the world’s greatest musicians and composers have had a secret weapon that few others knew about? And even more astounding is the fact that every single person has this same ability lying undiscovered inside!
This special ability is pitch recognition, more commonly known as absolute pitch and relative pitch. These two skills have been the guiding force behind some of music’s biggest names. Some top composers with this ability include:
– And many more…
More recently the skill of pitch recognition has helped musical greats including:
– Frank Sinatra
– Miles Davis
– Mariah Carey
– Stevie Wonder
– Jimi Hendrix
– Yngwie Malmsteen
– And many more…Most professionals agree that a good sense of pitch is one of the most important qualities of good musicianship.
Below are various quotes acknowledging some of the top musical performers’ absolute / perfect pitch abilities.Jimi Hendrix”Although Hendrix never learned to read written music, early in his career as a sideman he could learn a new band’s entire repertoire in an hour or two by just hearing the songs once. Again, this would be beyond someone without perfect pitch.”
Miles Davis”He talks about his Julliard years and says how he and his friend used to call out the pitch as soon as a sound was heard.”
Mariah Carey”Luckily, she discovered the art of singing and had a natural talent for it. Having perfect pitch she could sing back exactly what she heard at the age of four.”
Yanni”The interviewer began to randomly play pitches at the keyboard and Yanni, without hesitation, accurately identified every one of them.”
Here are some interesting facts that you should know:
1. 10% of students at the leading music schools, including Julliard School of Music, have absolute pitch.2. A symphony orchestra usually includes 20% – 40% of musicians with absolute pitch.3. Numerous leading surveys have concluded that at least 50% of today’s top recording artists have either absolute pitch, relative pitch, or both!
Even today there are some universities around the world that teach their students that absolute pitch can’t be learned. You’re either born with it or not. Personally, I know this to be a completely false statement considering I learned this skill in my teens.So what exactly is absolute pitch (also known as perfect pitch)? It is the ability to hear a musical note or chord and name it.
I predict that in the future universities will start to wake up to the fact that this is a skill that can be taught, just like language and art. Until then there will always be people that don’t try to understand it. Instead they simply dismiss it as a genetic defect. I guess the saying “People criticize what they don’t understand”, applies to absolute pitch.
To me I can’t help but laugh at all this nonsense. And hopefully since you’re reading this then you also know that absolute pitch is a skill that can be learned.
That brings me to relative pitch. So what is that? Simply put, it is the ability to hear and comprehend the relationship between one note and another. In other words, a musical interval. For example, a perfect 5th is an interval.
Now here is the funny thing, relative pitch is usually taught in universities… So at least they got something right!
I recently read an article about a scientific study done to try…
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