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Aug
1
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
@horatio I've heard somewhere that people who speak pitched languages (e.g. Chinese) are a lot more likely to have perfect pitch. I wonder if for those studies they surveyed people with musical training only, or if they came up with some other criteria that can apply to anyone that speaks the languages fluently?
Jun
10
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
@Babu Thanks, that's informative. It explains why I can easily guess a few pitches every time (A, Bb, C, D, E) but have to think more carefully about everything else -- they're probably the keys that I play most often.
May
15
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
Yep, that definitely sounds like me. Thanks!
Oct
11
comment Get rid (or die trying) of latency when using a MIDI instrument
@finnw Well, people still generally use PCM output with MIDI instruments.
Oct
10
comment Get rid (or die trying) of latency when using a MIDI instrument
@Pitto Sorry, didn't see that for some reason :P
Sep
20
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
@Matthew I can only accurately recall A440 if I picture my violin tuning routine as a 4-note "melody" (A, AE, AD, DG). The pitch alone doesn't come to me. Maybe most people are capable of applying perfect pitch only in certain contexts, and for me (as well as reinierpost's choir), it's only with melodies. That, or my shoddy relative pitch is throwing me off -- and there are definitely some aspects of relative pitch that I really need to work on.
Sep
19
comment Able to recall music in its correct key, but don't have perfect pitch — what is it called?
@Matthew Ah, yeah, I wasn't too sure what tags to use. Thanks for the edit.
Aug
1
comment How much being a touch-typist can help learning the piano faster?
Touch typing hasn't helped me keep my hands relaxed either. My violin students have had stiff hands for the first few months, and having started proper piano lessons just last month, my teacher tells me that my hands are stiff too, particularly my wrist. I think tension comes more from learning something new, not from any kind of transferable technique.
Jun
23
comment How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?
I've been teaching myself piano recently and started trying the Inventions. Good to know I'm on the right track.
Jun
16
comment Are fingertips supposed to hurt and get calluses from playing the violin ?
@Willie Hah, yeah, that's what I meant. Thanks!
Jun
14
comment How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?
Might be, not too sure. 7/11 tends to localize their selection, so they might have it if there's demand for it in your area.
Jun
14
comment How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?
@Binary Phile -- Do you ever actually drink coffee when you do that? Because for me caffeine just makes things even worse. Then again, I have an unusually low tolerance to caffeine.
Jun
14
comment How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?
@rshallit Yeah, I get that too sometimes.
May
31
comment My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?
@Matthew Thanks!
May
31
comment My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?
Also, the only reason it's short is because it's an easy question to describe -- not because it's trivial.
May
31
comment My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?
@Matthew Whether this question is about how to avoid hurting your fingers while you're playing or how musicians generally remedy the problem when it does happen, it's relevant to musicians and it's something that a good guitarist would be very well qualified to answer. I strongly disagree with closing this question.
May
22
comment What to play instead of chords with an informal group?
That's actually the same tuning as violin and mandolin. Maybe you could check out the repertoire for those instruments. The Violin II parts of orchestral and string quartet pieces might give you some inspiration, albeit probably not in your style. Bach could be especially good since his music generally has interesting counterpoint. If you're interested, imslp.org is a good place to look.
May
22
comment How to transcribe music by ear?
I find that the hardest task for me when I'm transcribing is figuring out the middle pitches of chords. Sometimes it seems like a pitch is there, so you write it in, but then after a while you realize that you're really just reinforcing a fifth redundantly.
May
21
comment Learning an alternative moving-do solfege — futile?
Yeah, I definitely wouldn't bother trying to popularize something like this. The main reason I'm really interested in this myself is because I've developed a compulsive habit of solfeging everything I hear, so it's frustrating when I can't keep up. I do admire your friends who can "sing chords in their head" -- that would be a really practical skill to have. Thanks for the great discussion yet again!
May
17
comment Do music theory books differ per instrument?
@Allan Actually, when I think of it that way, that instrumental specifics come from practice more than from theory, I have to agree.