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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Subjective perception of pitch

I read that the human ear perceives pitch as the logarithm of frequency, so the ear should sense that each note on the scale rises by the same amount. However, to me the higher notes in an octave seem ...
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I have been struggling at achieving pitch accuracy since forever. How can I prevent singing off-pitch?

An audio of myself singing to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy": my bad guy cover I have been singing for a year and 4 months now. When I started I had no knowledge of pitch, tone and dynamics. I ...
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How to find out the pitch of a melody in Ableton live 10?

I have a sample that plays 4 chords. I have no idea what their key/pitch is. I've tried using the tuner audio effect but it doesn't say anything at all. Does anyone know an alternate way to find the ...
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Visualization of Tones being played together

Recently I found this video showing the "visual representation" of sound waves. I was trying to figure out how these shapes were being generated. I am interested in the parts where there is ...
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Why do “in tune” bass lines sometimes seem sharp to me?

I've noticed that certain bass and baritone register sounds often seem sharp to me, even when they are ostensibly in tune- the notes are checked with a tuner or generated by a digital synth that won't ...
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How does it feel (or where) to change the pitch while singing?

I unfortunately use my larynx while I change my pitch, and I really don't know where or what or how to feel while I change my pitch without using my larynx. How do I even control my vocal cords ...
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Why do the bass lines of some songs sound sharp to me? [closed]

I'm listening to the radio. Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" came on and I was reminded that every time I hear this song the bass guitar, on the lowest note of the backing lick (or whatever ...
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Why are drums considered non pitched instruments?

Aren't the different parts of it having a different pitch? Can't this be used to play a melody?
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Why does Garageband play my recorded audio at the wrong pitch?

I was recording my bass in Garageband. After some recording, I created a new track, and the new regions in the track started playing in the wrong pitch (but at the correct tempo). I was able to make ...
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Octaves start on C with guitar?

I am learning scientific pitch in order to understand the guitar fretboard better, in terms of absolute pitch. What I was taught, was that A to G, and then back to A up an octave. When I look at the ...
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What are the pitches in this donso ngoni tuning?

Please see the image below depicting the donso ngoni. I'm bad at identifying notes from clefs. But if I'm giving a try to guess the notes I think in the key of A: it is A - B - D - E - G - A. Is that ...
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Unlearned Perfect Pitch / never had it?

Cheers, I'm 25 and I have some perfect pitch issues... Questions about this get asked a lot but I haven't found something similar yet! So, playing piano for most of my life, music teachers told me I ...
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Do all fundamental frequencies have 1 anti-node and 2 nodes

Given any musical instrument, when a note is played on the instrument, does the fundamental have only one node and 2 antinodes (Theoretically fundamental frequencies should have half wavelength)? If ...
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Finding the frequency of a note by slowing it down

Is it accurate and reliable if I try to slow down the tempo of a video or an audio in order to correctly identify the frequency of a note with Audacity? I don't have perfect pitch which is the ability ...
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Improving perfect pitch? [duplicate]

I've always had good pitch hearing but never perfect. Things like 1/32 tone change is hard to notice. I was wondering whether it can be improved (if you have some to begin with) to achieve "...
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How to deal with voice change?

I am a 14 year old boy and I think my voice is changing. Last year I used to nail notes from D4-G5 in my chest voice and I was always taking the high octave (even with the girls singing) but over the ...
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Why are notes created the way they are today? [duplicate]

The main question I have is admittedly broad. I'd like to know why the notes we use today are the way they are. By that I mean how is it that we have converged upon the specific discrete set of ...
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How do polyphonic pitch-shifting algorithms handle doubled/tripled octaves?

I do not in the first place how polyphonic pitch shifters work. What happens internally when one that’s adding octaves (or simply, octaves are being played) is fed into another? Does it treat the ...
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What tuning system is the song Stand by me written in? [closed]

it always feels weird to me when I play the notes on my violin.... unless the music i have is wrong, is it possible the song is either written in a different tonality, or is it just the singer adds to ...
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Why is the clarinet able to play lower notes than the soprano sax?

The clarinet and the soprano sax are similar in size, but the clarinet is able to play much lower notes than the soprano sax. Why is this the case? I understand that when the clarinet is overblown the ...
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reference pitch before the invention of the tuning fork [duplicate]

What was the reference pitch before the invention of the tuning fork in 1711? Was it somewhat a task to try and get within the ballpark of referenced pitch? Like for instance, maybe they knew what ...
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What part of the sound of notes to focus on while ear training to correctly identify notes?

I am using different instruments from my Keyboard to do ear training. In practicing ear training, i have learnt from the forums here that I should focus and pay attention to the pitch of the note. ...
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Names of the staff lines and spaces

I'm very new to the world of music, literally a beginner and i've just started learning the basics of sheet music. I'm having trouble understanding how these lines and spaces of the staff are named (...
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How do you decide which key signature a certain music is in by ear, from hearing it?

When I hear a song or a melodious tune, I can often figure out the relative pitches and play the tune on the piano. But I usually only play it on C major (the simplest scale for me--occasionally G ...
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Relation between size of larynx and lowest pitch and highest pitch possible

Is there any relation between the lowest pitch possible by a person and the size of the larynx? If there exists a relation, then is there any proportion, like if the larynx is x units big/small, then ...
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Auto correcting a slightly off pitch recording?

Suppose I have a recording of a live concert of a known band. We can assume that the concert was played using instruments that were in tune, in standard tuning. This was in the 1990s, so the concert ...
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If you don't use Solfège, how do you read & memorize music— what goes through your mind?

I learned solfège as a child, long before I started to learn the musical notes on 5 lines. So I'm used to matching every notes to its solfege equivalent in order to know which piano key to press and ...
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What is the best METHOD in acquiring perfect pitch? [duplicate]

What is the best/easiest/most efficient way of developing perfect pitch? Note: What I mean by perfect pitch is the ability to distinct a certain note from another. In other words being able to ...
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Am I tone deaf? How come sometimes when I listen to music I would feel that it is a little off-key even though I know it's not? [closed]

I'd listen to a studio recording of a familiar song, for example, and it would seem off at times but after a while that "off" feeling would go away.
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Larynx feeling a bit tense when hitting a high note?

When I hit a high note or sing in my head voice, I feel my larynx/Adams apple raised up and my larynx moving/vibrating. I find it easier to hit high notes and to sing in head voice like this. Is that ...
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Advice for singing [closed]

I feel like I generally am on pitch but still don't like my tone a lot. My goal is to be able to sing pop music at a really high level and I don't know how to make my tone more pop sounding, or just ...
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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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Why do I hear characters to keys in equal temperament? [closed]

I know, I'm not the only one who hears key characters. But I have heard time and time again that equal temperament means that all keys are equal and thus there aren't any characters to it beyond Major ...
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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 ...