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Re: Just a question about 'perfect pitch'
10/12/2000 3:11 AM
Stone Dragon (8501) wrote:
I ordered the course about 15 years ago... spent my last $50 (or whatever the cost was at the time) on it. At that time you got a bunch of tapes and a book detailing the exercises. The tapes were worthless (IMHO) but the book was a goldmine. I could hear exactly what the guy was telling you to listen for.
My problem at the time was that I could only hear it clearly on a piano. I didn't own a piano, but everytime I was near a piano I tried it out.
I threw the tapes away and stashed the book thinking that one day I might have access to a piano and (hopefully) a partner to help with the exercises. I now own a piano and have somebody (my wife) who would gladly help out, but somewhere along the trail, I lost the book.
I keep thinking that I should get the course again... I even went so far as to email the company to see about purchasing just the book. They don't offer the book any more though. Everything is on CD. They did offer me a reduced rate on the package due to the fact that I had previously bought the course, but I haven't gotten around to ordering it.
Now, keep in mind that the prevailing opinion is that perfect pitch is either a myth or that you have to be born with some special ability that no one else has. Also keep in mind that the people who say this have usually done nothing to try and develop the ability themselves. My advice in a case like this is to never listen to people who tell you that you can't do something.
As far as the course goes, Mr Burge makes an analogy between the way in which different frequencies of light effect how the eye sees color and how different frequencies of sound effect the ear in the same manner. If you think about the amount of time you have devoted to paying attention to different colors and shades of the same color, visually and how little time (none) you have spent doing the same thing aurally, then it's not too hard to see that the ability to distinguish between different frequencies of sound would be quite possible yet undeveloped.
In my personal opinion, I think the course is 100% valid, but it will not be quick and/or easy. It will take consistent practice and refinement to reach the same level of discrimination with your hearing that you most probably take for granted with your sight.