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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

I don't have perfect pitch, but I've had several friends over the years who did. Are the frequencies C4 260hz and A4 440hz actually noticeably different to someone with “perfect pitch”. Yes. I ask ...
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What would've given more accurate consonant ratios than 12?

Before there were 12 notes one had 8 different notes (modulo octaves), formed by three different hexachords. Since ancient times musicology had the concept of tones and semitones, and these hexachords ...
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Is it possible to play in D-tuning (guitar) on keyboards?

Yes and no. Yes, you can play all the notes of a retuned guitar on a keyboard. Alternatively you can tune the whole keyboard to any pitch you like. Some keyboards will let you retune notes ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

Absolute pitch is not some superpower that you either have or not. I believe that this ability is like a scale: You can have it in different degrees and you can improve it as you play more music. Some ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

I speak as a person with absolute pitch. Are the frequencies C4 260hz and A4 440hz actually noticeably different to someone with “perfect pitch”. Yes, they are. In fact, they should also be ...
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Is there a mathematic reason why Standard tuning for guitar is number 1 in the series of tunings? Could AI find it given a guitar with no tuning?

I assume that an algorithm or AI could come up with a different useful tuning, but I suspect it would be a slight variation of the currently popular tunings. After all, the tuning is very much limited ...
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E1 gradually goes flat as I move up the fretboard

If your intonation goes flat as you move up the fretboard and the saddle rider is as close to the neck as possible it is quite likely that either the bridge is off (or the neck is set into the wrong ...
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Why would tuner app confuse C5 with F2?

C5 is the sixth harmonic of F2. I'm not sufficiently familiar with the sound spectrum of the kalimba to know whether there's anything that would make this particularly likely, but the software is ...
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Is it possible to play in D-tuning (guitar) on keyboards?

No, not really. Think of it this way: Guitar strings are independent objects that can be manipulated (by fretting) to produce distinct pitches. A guitar contains six or more of these independent ...
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Is it possible to play in D-tuning (guitar) on keyboards?

Physical keyboards normally have transpose button, which sometimes may help playing some passages, as the black and white key patterns change. I'm not sure about physical keyboards, but quite many ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

"Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?" By definition, 'Perfect Pitch' recognises tones absolutely, without any reference. When a ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

As someone with perfect pitch, I'd be happy to answer your question! Are the frequencies C4 260hz and A4 440hz actually noticeably different to someone with “perfect pitch”. Yes -- quite. I can hear ...
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Potential intonation problems by having a 0.5" difference between half scale lengths?

Building the guitar the way you describe would give you a string length of 25.5". The twelfth fret (for the high E-string) should be at half that: 12.75", so the distance from the bridge to ...
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New tongue drum - no musical experience whatsoever - notes map?

I have a very similar (but smaller) tongue drum in C. The numbers on yours go from 1 to 7, so I'd expect a diatonic scale like mine. That's the "white keys," not a pentatonic scale, which is ...
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New tongue drum - no musical experience whatsoever - notes map?

It appears to have 15 tongues,(you reckon 14?) with numbers ranging from 1-7. That presumes there are two octaves, with say, 1 and 1, 2 and 2 being octave copies of each other, and the notes belonging ...
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How to use a spectrum analyzer to help practice an instrument

There's tone, then there's tone! The pitch of a note is often called its tone, meaning is it in tune or not. The timbre of that note is called its tone, and will vary from player to player, instrument ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

I don't have perfect pitch, but I do have good relative pitch, this is the ability to quite accurately name other pitches from a given reference note. Most musicians develop this ability over their ...
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Is it possible to play in D-tuning (guitar) on keyboards?

I'd say not. There's no need, as if the player wants to play a different note, that's exactly what he does. On guitar, with your example of a D tuned 6th string, that's for a particular purpose, but ...
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How to calculate 21-limit just intonation

You unfortunately seem to have a certain amount of misapprehension as to what is referred to by "[something]-limit just intonation". I will try to clarify this for you here. Just tuning ...
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What would've given more accurate consonant ratios than 12?

You didn't say specifically which simple ratios you want to approximate, so I'll focus on the three that are part of the 4:5:6 just major triad: perfect fifth (P5) = 3/2 major third (M3) = 5/4 minor ...
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What would've given more accurate consonant ratios than 12?

The 12-pitch chromatic scale preceded equal temperament, so the 12th root of 2 was chosen because there were already 12 pitches, not the other way around. Loosely speaking, as you increase the number ...
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What are the best weather conditions and/or season to tune a piano?

If you're tuning the piano once a year, avoid tuning it during the high and low extremes of humidity. Often this means tuning it in the spring or fall as opposed to the dead of winter, but it will ...
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Perfect Pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

I don't have perfect pitch but I play several instruments for many years. My answer is actually a funny little story I noticed about myself :-) Actually this happened several times. I just tuned my ...
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Emulating a 415 Hz tuner?

String instruments usually tune by ear, based on a reference pitch for one of the strings (in most orchestral and chamber music settings, this will be the A, whether at 415, 440 or any other reference)...
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Emulating a 415 Hz tuner?

Since 415 Hz is a G# in A=440 tuning (to the nearest whole number) if you use your tuner and tune your Bb note to A=440 your A will be 415 Hz provided the instrument plays in tune with itself. At that ...
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Isn't it obvious the pitch value alphabet language of music is Chomsky regular?

I'm assuming your A is the notes on a piano from low A = 1 to high C = 88 You seem to be confusing the entire gamut of musical sounds A* with real music — you don't have to be very musically literate ...
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Should I purposely detune my piano for tuning practice?

There is a great deal more to tuning a piano that just tightening or loosing strings to adjust their pitch, and given your description, I'm have the impression that's where you are, so far, in your ...
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How did John Lennon tune his guitar

What's interesting, John Lennon purposely tuned the D string low on his guitar making it "slightly out of tune" in order to make it recognizable on mono recordings from the other Beatles. He ...
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How did John Lennon tune his guitar

Lennon's mom taught him a few banjo chords ..He tuned his gtr like a banjo..When G. Harrison saw him play..he said "What are you doing w 5 strings" from that point George came to the rescue ...
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