Questions tagged [pitch]

Use this tag whenever the topic involved relative or absolute tones. It can be the frequency of a note, or perhaps the comparison of a tuned instrument vs an untuned one.

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What role does melody play in 2020?

(Instrumental melodies, not vocal melodies) A lot of people say that melody is dead, but I disagree…. I think what we emphasize in melody has just evolved... I feel like the timbre/design of the sound ...
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When I sing, why does everyone tell me that it's horrible? [closed]

Listen to: 1 2 3 Why do people think this? Is it mainly because of my voice timbre or mainly that the notes out of tune ? Which is the worse ? My voice timber or the tuning ? I require objective ...
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What are the physical differences between tuned and non-tuned drums?

Why do some drums (e.g. timpani, rototom) have a distinct pitch, while others do not? What is the physical difference that results in a distinct pitch or lack thereof?
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Why were the frequencies for notes chosen?

I understand that the first note of each octave is twice the frequency of the first note from the octave before, but how are the frequencies for each note chosen subsequently after that. So far, I’ve ...
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Vocal technique: Why is Smiling Used to Sharpen Notes?

A very common technique in singing is to smile in order to brighten the tonality of a given note and raise the pitch of the note. When it comes to raising the pitch of the note, is it the overtones ...
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Pitch and Time Terms in music, parallel to Y and X axis

Does any one know of a better specification when generalizing the basic concepts of pitch and time in music? If one would map the time to an X axis and pitch to Y axis for instance. I am mostly ...
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How can we sing the same note either with chest or head?

I've seen a singing teacher being able to sing the same note either as a chest note or as a head note. I tried to do it myself and it seems to me this can be done with the middle range notes by ...
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guitar tuning - note shifts after striking it [duplicate]

If I tune a guitar typically I see that I strike the string and the tuner records a certain value, e.g. dead on E. However often (maybe not always - but I can't say for sure) a few moments later the ...
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Perfect pitch on only one instrument? [duplicate]

So I was wondering if, theoretically, it would be possible to have perfect pitch only on one instrument. For a bit of background, I grew up as a Suzuki cello student and thus have been playing the ...
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What is the technical term for the note names C, D, E, F, G, A, and H?

I'm trying to find out whether my knowledge of the theory is correct, so this question might look a bit silly. There's the term pitch. Pitch allows objectively tell whether two sounds are equal, and ...
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How accurately can the ear distinguish frequencies?

Preamble: I know this question is borderline off-topic, but I decided to post it here because the motivation is a fundamentally music-theory one for me. The cochlea contains many bundles of hair ...
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Difference between pitch and key? [closed]

Say I have a song that I recorded in C major to a wav file. And then I open that file with Audacity (or some other audio program) and I increase the pitch. And as a result now the song is in E major. ...
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History of standardization of pitch and tuning: measuring waves

The velocity of a traveling wave in a stretched string is determined by the tension and the mass per unit length of the string. for a string of length cm and mass/length = gm/m. For such a string, the ...
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Physics of Guitar frets and sound

I understand how Guitar works. Pitch/Frequency of sound produced depends on length of vibrating string. So we have different frets to product different notes. Fine. However I am curious to understand ...
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Accurately recalling the key - can everyone do it?

I'm wondering if it is common for people to accurately recall not only the melody of a song they know, but also the key. I've recently done a small experiment where I asked a few of my friends to hum ...
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Comparing variable-length pitch contours

Robert Morris defined a contour segment of a set of n pitches as a list of numbers from 0 to n, where each number corresponds to the relative height of its corresponding pitch (for instance, <...
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How can I develop relative pitch if I have perfect pitch?

As someone with perfect pitch, I can do the usual things associated with perfect pitch such as name a note instantly without a reference note, name the key, and name a chord. Sight-singing comes ...
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Possibility to correct pitch from digital versions of records with the hole not centered

I've got a lot of old 7 inch singles and lp's I want to digitize, but it's almost impossible to get them played correctly because on most of these records the hole isn't really pressed in the middle ...
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A second-hand guitar pitch sounds weird

I got a guitar from my friend’s son. The high E string is weird because fret no. 12 and 13 and 14 have the same pitch: F#! Furthermore, other strings have a similar problem. On the B string, fret no. ...
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Singing along to guitar chords (harmony)

Recently I started writing songs and I started to wonder: Let's say I sing middle C (while playing open C chord on guitar) for a bar and then go to singing E, third higher in pitch. Should I follow ...
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Highest note in Perfect by Ed Sheeran [closed]

I am very new to music theory. From the website http://www.myvocalrange.com, it states that the vocal range for the song is from is Eb4-Ab5. But when I used the app on my android phone to measure the ...
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Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?

I would linke to aquire a natural horn to play a very low pitched tone. I am not educated in music, so I don't even know how to describe the tone in a correct way (is it "low pitched"?), but I found a ...
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Do seventh chords add vocal pitches not found in triads? [closed]

I was wondering what is it about seventh notes... Fmaj7 Tall and tanned and young and lovely       G7 The girl from ipanema goes walking     &...
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When is out-of-tune okay? [closed]

We have a song we're recording and parts are sung fairly loud and end out of tune. We found that there are 2-3 words that somehow were fitting better and more natural when as they were recorded and ...
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How do I not fall into other people's singing pitch?

When I am at the karaoke with my friends, I often sing with them and realize, when I sing alone, I can sing the song perfectly but when I sing with someone that is of higher pitch/lower pitch, I tend ...
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I cannot hold my pitch when accompanied. How to best practice this?

I am an amateur among very musically talented friends. They have repeatedly complimented me on my singing voice, and asked that I participate more in their musical get-togethers. However, I found ...
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Algorithms for time stretching/pitch shifting

I want to change the pitch of an audio track and try to keep the highest quality possible, so when I click on processor algorithm setup, I have few options : Standard method (time stretches and pitch ...
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How does one interpret (or write) scientific pitch notation with accidentals when it crosses octave boundaries?

Given C♭♭4, for example, is that enharmonic with B♭3 (because you start at C4 and flat it twice) or B♭4 (because octave number 4 means octave number 4)? Asked another way, how do you write the note ...
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E# note in the D# Major scale. What does it mean?

I've been having this doubt for a quite a while and haven't been able to find a satisfying answer. Is the 'E#' note technically an F? If so, why does it not exist on the chromatic scale like other ...
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What feelings or words are associated to the different major scale degrees? [closed]

I'm using the Alain Benbassat method for ear training: Listening to major scale notes in the context of the scale (e.g. after hearing I-IV-V-I) and trying to hear the scale degree. I keep reading and ...
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When I play G, why does it come out as F on bass clarinet?

I'm new to bass clarinet, and I seem to be following the button chart accurately to play a G, which indicates to press no buttons. However, when I measure the note with a tuner, it clearly plays an F ...
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What makes a note “high” or “low”?

I've heard people talk about "high C" and "low C". What classifies a note as a "high" or "low" note? Also, what's above the high notes?
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relation of piano string length to pitch?

I had erroneously believed that piano pitch was directly related to string length. What string length is necessary to create the lowest pitch on an 88-key piano (the low A)? With string lengths ...
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MusES musical representation system — questions on the “algebra of pitch-classes” and some conventions

This may be pretty niche... For a project I'm working on I've been reading this paper on MusES; my goal is to find a simple musical representation system (or build my own) for a program I'm working on....
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Perfect, Absolute, Relative Pitch [duplicate]

I've seen many quizzes on "perfect pitch and do you have it"? They all play sounds and ask you to name it. But perfect pitch or not wouldn't one have to have some music training to know the designated ...
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Why don't tuning forks produce overtones?

I want to know how a tuning fork can produce a pure tone. I do not understand the process because I know, although not sure, the presence of air inside an instrument introduces the harmonics of the ...
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Are the terms tuning and pitch the same?

The Roland TR-03 has a knob labelled with the term 'Tuning'. When I turn it to the left then the sound gets deeper. When I turn it to the right then the sound gets higher. I know the term 'pitch' ...
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Why is the speedfader for turntables called pitchfader?

Turntables have a fader which controls the speed of the rotating vinyl. This fader is used by DJs to synchronize the tracks between two or more turntables before they mix the tracks together. I know ...
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Piano playing matching pitch of spoken voice - is there a name for this?

This is my first post of the Music SE so apologies if this question isn't in the right place! The other day, I was listening to a new album by electronic artist "Yimino" and I came across this (...
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What is `Roland's pitch` and `Yamaha's pitch`? and How to convert notes to them?

I have an assign that convert this sheet to 'Roland's pitch' and 'Yamaha's pitch'. I have no idea about what is Roland's pitch and Yamaha's pitch, neither how to do it. Please let me know. using this ...
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Whether child singers know what they are doing while singing different pitches or do they do it automatically? [closed]

Many young children sing perfectly. Do they know what changes they are doing in their body to sing a high pitch or low pitch? Whether they are doing those changes automatically without knowing what ...
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Is the pitch-producing mechanism for singing and humming the same or entirely different?

The sound-producing mechanisms in string instruments and the flute are entirely different. Are the pitch-producing mechanisms used while singing a song and humming a song (humming with closed lips and ...
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Do out of tune singers hear that they're off?

Is it the song "in your head" that is out of tune or is it your vocalisation of that ideal song that is off, and if so why/how? I guess what I'm asking is how is it possible to sing consistently out ...
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Pitch or frequency?

There seems to be confusion (certainly with me!) about the relationship between pitch and frequency. Trying to clear it up finds contrasting ideas. Obviously, when a note has a higher frequency than ...
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What is the length of water and the length of air in a glass needed to produce different pitches in a glass harp?

I want to create in my house a simple glass harp using household glasses. (It will not be used for performance on stage in front of people, it will be used for my own entertainment). I want to know ...
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Why have sharps and flats instead of twelve notes with distinct names? [duplicate]

I'm new to piano, and I'm new to music. 12 notes, 7 letters, and I'm mad at teacher. I tried looking up why there are only 7 letters for 12 notes, and I'm not satisfied. Why do we have sharps and ...
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What is the difference between perfect pitch, pitch memorization and relative pitch?

I am confused by these terms. I heard perfect pitch is impossible to learn as an adult, but if you memorize all twelve notes in the chromatic scale in whichever octave, isn't that perfect pitch? If it ...
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Do musical instruments pitched at different frequencies play different notes when compared to each other?

I'm trying to get a better understanding how the pitch affects the note. Say if person A has a flute that is pitched to 440Hz and person B has a flute pitched to 335Hz, and they both decide to play ...
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Is absolute pitch acquired by training, genetic or both? And if possible, is it much harder than relative pitch?

I have heard many different views of people that absolute pitch is ONLY acquired by training, ONLY by genetics, by genetics but also possible with training or ONLY both. But what is the truth? ...
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Can a song contain pitches outside of its intended key? [duplicate]

I'm new to music theory and am self teaching so I apologise if this has already been asked but I'd be extremely grateful if you could point me in the right direction. I'm trying to learn the best way ...