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My Berklee College of Music instructor says that in classical music, an accidental does not carry through to other octaves, but in jazz it does.


Yes, it is possible to confuse octaves. Less so with experience, but it's still possible to get fooled, particularly when more than one instrument is playing. No, you're not broken. And your low score merely indicates that you don't suffer from absolute pitch (some say it's as much a curse as an advantage!) Most experienced musicians have some degree of ...


Most transcriptions of music without official sheet music I've seen have the melody in the correct octave, so yes, I'd say that people can usually tell what octave notes are played in, regardless of whether they have absolute pitch. (OK, fine, the transcribers likely had the help of an instrument to determine octave voicings, but I don't think they kept ...


When people guess not just the pitch but also the octave, then they sometimes guess the wrong octave. Computers make the same kind of mistake (e.g., this paper, page 4, bottom left). In the pitch tracking literature this is called an octave displacement error. But most of the time, particularly in a musical context that's not too dense (piano: Bach not ...

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