Friday, October 08, 2004

Perfect Pitch - Is it Really Necessary?

There's a site on the internet that promises to teach you perfect pitch. To be able to recognize any note you hear when you hear it, i.e. "yes, that's a C note etc." The thing is, you don't need to have perfect pitch to play piano, or any other instrument for that matter! Yet there are those out there who seem to need to learn this skill. What a waste of time! Don't fall for it. In fact, having perfect pitch won't make you a better musician at all and has nothing to do with musicianship.

All that is necessary is the desire to create. And if anyone tells you having the ability to know what you are hearing helps, then they obviously don't know what they are talking about. This is a particular rant I have. Especially after seeing a site that charges a substantial fee to teach this useless skill.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:13 AM

    Perfect pitch is a gift, not something that can be learnt. Perfect Pitch oftern is set at a pitch personal to the musician ( and can range from anywhere from A430 to A450 or further ) and playing in any other pitch is simply un natural. Aquired pitch is yet another thing and can be learnt, should be learnt and is very useful in all areas of music. I have yet to come across a real musician who can not tell a c from a c sharp.
    Think of this, we know green is green simply because we have learnt that green is green. If we hear A440 we will soon learn that "A" is "A" and not some other note.