Why you DON'T want Perfect Pitch

8 feb 2021
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Perfect Pitch is awesome! But I never would want it for myself, and here's why!
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0:00 Intro (tests for AP)
2:00 AP defined
3:17 Untrained Pitch vs. Absolute Pitch
4:29 Quasi Absolute Pitch
6:47 Relative Pitch
9:22 Why You Don't Want Perfect Pitch
Thanks to Josh Bailey for the drums!
Gary Burton on Adam Tan's channel
Rick Beato's video on losing perfect pitch
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  • oh god this is terrifying why did I watch this my perfect pitch helps me immensely in remembering and playing songs I heard years ago without remembering their names, the thought of losing this and not being able to comprehend it anymore is something I didn't want to know

    Scrublord.Scrublord.Klukkustund síðan
  • Is there any possibility of perfect pitch existing in people who have no musical training? Like is there any possibility of having perfect pitch without the musical vocabulary to name the actual note?

    Anika Jade CaswellAnika Jade Caswell4 klukkustundum síðan
  • “Perfect Pitch” is a misnomer and we should collectively stop using it. This is “pitch memory,” pure and simple, since there are many, many possible vibrational assignments for any pitch. I play historical instruments (Baroque, Classical, etc.) and a note, such as “A,” can equal 440hz, 415hz, 392hz, 465hz, as well as 430hz, 409hz, 427.50hz, 454hz, etc., and instrumental and vocal ensembles are all using these pitches as their set reference/tuning notes. Try asking a person with so-called “perfect pitch” to identify notes with those tuning systems using those different “As.” It drives “perfect pitch” folks crazy when an open A string or a keyboard is sounding notes a half step lower (such as A=415hz). 🎶

    Gregory Maldonado [West CTA]Gregory Maldonado [West CTA]9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Thanks so much for bidding my confidence! I don't feel as bad for not having perfect pitch. I wouldn't mind having perfect pitch anyways, but knowing that not having perfect pitch has is advantages is gratifying. This is also the first video I watch on your channel!

    Conor TopasnaConor Topasna15 klukkustundum síðan
  • Still wish I had perfect pitch lol

    Gabriela RibeiroGabriela RibeiroDegi Síðan síðan
  • I don't even have decent relative pitch. It's an actual pain sometimes

    Jordy V.Jordy V.Degi Síðan síðan
  • I'm so sorry for you... having to play Don't Stop Believing in a cover band so often that it's imprinted in your noggin'. Like a Sartre hell.

    Kleiner TeufelKleiner Teufel2 dögum síðan
  • As someone with perfect pitch, you're right. You don't want it. Just about the only thing handy to me about is the pitch recognition aspect of it, and even every now and then it wavers. Even though I'm still young, I have to check my pitch centers every now and then to make sure they're still accurate, because sometimes I do catch them drifting by a quarter tone or so. It's annoying to have to reset, but if it means I get to keep it a little longer, then I'm fine doing it.

    Anton SederquistAnton Sederquist2 dögum síðan
  • I don't have perfect pitch, but I have very good relative pitch and can transcribe, albeit slightly slower, very complex tracks. I did John Wiliiam's Mine Car Chase on my channel as a demo. Was a very fun transcription.

    Parallel OrchestraParallel Orchestra3 dögum síðan
  • I didn't think the analogy with color worked at all. Hearing pitches and seeing colors are two completely different sense phenomena and can't be equated even roughly by analogy. Maybe it would help to know that there is a good sized chunk of grey matter devoted exclusively to the task of perceiving and generating pitches. Also, all spoken languages have pitch production embedded in the act of speaking. The unique characteristic of languages like English is that we do imply some sense of meaning by inflection. Go! Go? Go. (monotone) The first spoken at the beginning of a race, the second like (I should go?) and the third like just get out of here. But yes Mandarin Chinese has meanings closely related to how the sounds are pitched and changing the pitch makes major differences in the meaning.

    Ray PhenicieRay Phenicie3 dögum síðan
  • I have absolute pitch... this video made me more scared of and disheartened about my later adulthood than the prospect of death ever could.

    sartoriusrocksartoriusrock3 dögum síðan
  • Why you DONT want perfect pitch? Said no one ever

    Atom-TAtom-T3 dögum síðan
  • What if when you listen to a note in a song, and then you able to find that note on the instrument... So it's like when someone gives you a picture of an apple, and using that picture you can find the real apple... Is that falls under the relative pitch or untrained category? Or maybe there's another category for it?

    「プラン」WarDimension「プラン」WarDimension3 dögum síðan
  • I think I have really good Quasi-Absolute pitch for piano... I don't play piano, I play guitar...

    DaggerCatzDaggerCatz3 dögum síðan
  • using the same logic, he's basically saying it's not worth living because you'll eventually die

    Lucca Beust MilletoLucca Beust Milleto3 dögum síðan
  • Interesting. Having been around Chinese speakers, been to China, tried to learn China (yes it helps to Sing Chinese) extensively for 20 years I'm wondered if they speak in the same key (so to speak... uh pun not intended). And Ive heard some darn great singers from my colleagues as well.

    Doug EisenstarkDoug Eisenstark4 dögum síðan
  • So, the Levitan Effect... can it be forced? Because I’ve taught myself every single note on the piano based on the relation to a specific song or part of a song, which has given me quasi-absolute pitch. I hear notes, chords, scales and keys regardless if I want to or not. Ive noticed my ear picks up on Ab, Fm, Cm and Eb more than any other keys and chords, which is even stranger to me. I would love to understand why.

    EmoTrinityEnthusiastEmoTrinityEnthusiast4 dögum síðan
  • I want the "more cowbell" shirt!

    JayTempleJayTemple4 dögum síðan
  • I never thought of pitch as color, more as altitude. Someone with perfect pitch to me sounds like someone who you'll show a silhouette of Mt. Fuji to them, and they won't be able to tell what mountain it is until you tell them how high the peak is above sea level. Whereas to the rest of us, we just need to see the overall shape in isolation and can say, "Hey, that looks like Fuji." When you think about it, assuming it's got a genetic component, there actually has to be an active selection pressure against it. Otherwise why would it be at such extremely low levels? Most things that are positive end up becoming more common, and most things that are neutral end up being uncommon but not really that much, like left-handedness. There are even harmful things like Usher syndrome and hyperlipidemia that are more common than perfect pitch. One in ten thousand starts to sound like there's active pressure against it. Disclaimer: not a geneticist, obvs.

    J CorteseJ Cortese4 dögum síðan
  • The ending was the worst type of advertising I have ever seen on youtube.

    Kevin RussellKevin Russell4 dögum síðan
  • I definitely fall into the memory section. I've heard songs like Linoleum by NOFX so many times that I can sing it in key with no reference. I actually tested it while watching this video. I feel like that's a good enough skill to have. xD

    TheRealMikeSheaTheRealMikeShea5 dögum síðan
  • There are two problems for those with absolute pitch which are not mentioned in the video: the first is that where singers are involved, pieces are often sung in a key other than the written one. This is no problem for me with relative pitch, but must be confusing if you're aware that you're reading one thing and singing another. The second problem is where music is played in a pitch other than A440, either because of historical instruments or because recorded music is being reproduced at a slightly wrong speed - admittedly much more common with record players and cassette players than digital systems. I imagine it must sound rather odd.

    usvalveusvalve6 dögum síðan
  • Great explanation of the whole continuum of pitch awareness! And yeah, count me as one of those whose pitch used to be more "perfect". Now, as a 50-something pro singer/teacher, my pitch memory is more in the "relative" category: I have to think about it, and may have to relate a given note to several other pitches, even singing them out loud, before giving you my "final answer". Are there any stats comparing loss of perfect pitch in singers and players of instruments which can slide from note to note (i.e. stringed instruments, trombone) versus players of instruments where playing the right note involves executing the correct hand position or fingering (i.e. piano)?

    Gori Voice StudiosGori Voice Studios6 dögum síðan
  • I don’t have any kind of pitch 🤣

    MacumbeiroMacumbeiro6 dögum síðan
  • And then there's us people with synesthesia *actually* seeing the color lmao

    ScriptyShakeScriptyShake6 dögum síðan
  • I don't know why you don't have a PBS kids show.

    Ian MooreIan Moore6 dögum síðan
  • Perfect Pitch is CRUCIAL for pedestrian safety. When crossing the street remember: C# or Bb...

    Brinner DangBrinner Dang6 dögum síðan
  • Asleep I fell

    Larry MaggardLarry Maggard7 dögum síðan
  • Am i the only one who thought this was gonna be about microtonality ?

    Max BidziMax Bidzi7 dögum síðan
  • 17 frets to the octave marker? interesting......

    Paul GerlachPaul Gerlach7 dögum síðan
  • So having perfect pitch is A short and sudden burst of talent?

    Easy AEasy A7 dögum síðan
  • Perfect pitch ratio in your poll is higher because your audience is music people. Therefore removing people that don't do music at all and giving perfect pitch more chances to pop up.

    Put A Toe meh.Put A Toe meh.7 dögum síðan
  • From all the reading I'd ever done on absolute pitch, I'd never heard of quasi absolute pitch. Even the Wikipedia page doesn't mention it. It seems that to develop absolute pitch, you need to have the potential for it, as well as early childhood exposure to musical training. Without one part of the equation, you don't develop it. So if you don't have the potential for it but you do have childhood musical training, you still don't develop absolute pitch. That got me thinking about those who develop quasi absolute pitch. Maybe they were those who had the potential to develop absolute pitch, but never had the early childhood musical training to do so - their musical training came a little bit later in life (maybe even just in late childhood/teens, but past the window to develop absolute pitch). I suspect that a good proportion of them would count. It would be interesting to see research done on this where they look into when those with quasi absolute pitch started their musical education. Also, since the ability to develop absolute pitch does have a genetic basis, to see if any of those with children who had the early childhood musical education that they themselves didn't have, go on to develop absolute pitch and if that proportion is higher than the general population. I bet that would show up some interesting results.

    asteraastera8 dögum síðan
  • I've certainly never known key or tone names, but I can see in my mind what internal position someone's mouth is just by hearing it. As well as match any tone I hear so long as it's within my vocal range.

    Surux StrawdeSurux Strawde9 dögum síðan
  • Is it just me who thought his hair was dyed purple?

    Rey AriasRey Arias9 dögum síðan
  • I'd call it a condition

    TmtoSouperTmtoSouper10 dögum síðan
  • sick! apples are green too

    Ayman SjabAyman Sjab10 dögum síðan
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    Cortez SladeCortez Slade10 dögum síðan
  • So if considering music/tonality just like a language, starting early can make you a native speaker (Perfect Pitch) - But any attempt thereafter will at best make you super-fluent (Quasi) as any non-native language will always (to some degree) be filtered through your native language as base reference. And similar to spoken languages you can become super-fluent and mistaken for a native speaker, while knowing it never feels completely innate.

    drunkenmusedrunkenmuse10 dögum síðan
  • Classical musicians I have met with perfect pitch do not play well in ensemble with others unless everyone is at perfect pitch. If the piano is perfectly in tune to itself, but 5 cents flat to their accustomed pitch, they cannot handle it. Oh - and the thumbnail "note" looks a little like Homestar Runner.

    QermaqQermaq10 dögum síðan
  • how to know if i pitch deaf

    A DoliteA Dolite11 dögum síðan
  • Is the song from the Video available somewhere?

    unknown userunknown user11 dögum síðan
  • Is there any research on people developing perfect pitch keyed to hz rather than notes?

    VolsungVolsung11 dögum síðan
    • I bet it's possible, but do you know any teacher who teaches each note as a frequency rather than its name? Especially to a child since you need that early exposure to note names to develop absolute pitch if you have the potential for it. If people who have absolute pitch were taught note names in hertz, it'll probably be just like translating the name of something. Actually there's already the example of using different naming systems for notes; do, re, mi or C, D, E? It doesn't matter because it's the same thing. The names are just a label after all. It doesn't matter if I call an apple, une pomme or ein Apfel, it's still an apple and it will taste the same. I imagine that learning the notes with their names in hertz won't make any difference to the experience of the notes in absolute pitch.

      asteraastera8 dögum síðan
  • Hey Adam, hey guys. I am a 2nd year bachelor student in harpsichord from Lebanon (the first one ever) and my country quickly got really really poor last year. So I would ask: what can I do related to music to earn money? What do you think is a good idea for me as a solo concertist in Vienna? I thought that I could invite tourists to the same concert that I will repeat once a week, because obviously tourists in Austria come for the historical music. Leave a comment please

    joseph zaarourjoseph zaarour11 dögum síðan
  • Interesting! I have (quasi-?) absolute pitch but experienced a mind-bending adjustment to playing Baroque music at 415 Hz in my early 20's. This was resolved timbrally (the sound of unwound gut strings providing a solution ;-)

    Beth GexBeth Gex12 dögum síðan
  • He showed a chord sequence. What type of music would that be considered? Jazz? I liked how they sounded. If anybody knows, could you let me know?

    Ramon LealRamon Leal12 dögum síðan
  • I might be just plain wrong, but the beeping sound at 6:20 of that truck is F, not E. Great video nonetheless!

    Joao RepolhoJoao Repolho12 dögum síðan
  • I was backing a rock legends show when one of the singers decided to jump in on a well known keyboard part, from ear. He came in a half step sharp, even though he had perfect pitch. Everyone made it into a joke, but he in his forties, so now I understand the flub.

    Roger JamesRoger James12 dögum síðan
  • When he says the pitch of the truck is E but its an F. Pain

    Finlay LabuschagneFinlay Labuschagne12 dögum síðan
  • Me with perfect pitch:

    Nip DipNip Dip12 dögum síðan
  • As someone with perfect pitch myself, I don't think shifted hearing is actually that big of an issue. FWIW I'm 25, but even at age 16 I already noticed that my hearing was shifted by almost a full semitone from when I was, say, 4 or 5 (what can I say, I have really good musical memory). I'm lucky in that right around when I noticed this happening, I had a piano teacher who also had perfect pitch who told me about this phenomenon. When I first noticed it, it did feel like the world was deliberately gaslighting me, and it was *extremely* distressing, but hearing from someone else that this was normal helped me feel much better. Like, hey, I'm not crazy after all! What I'm perceiving is expected and I need to just learn to work with it. Maybe I'm lucky to have noticed my shifting hearing at a young age, since that means I'll live most of my life aware of my shifting hearing instead of being surprised by it later on. I manage it by re-training myself on what each named pitch sounds like every year or so; that way I'm not being thrown off as a musician. I also learned to accept that if I listen to something I haven't heard in a few years, it will probably sound a tad sharp compared to what I remember. It still sounds fine, and if I really want some nostalgia I can just pitch-shift it down a tad (which apparently makes music sound nostalgic even to people without perfect pitch, go figure). And hey, it also gives me motivation to actually practice my relative hearing skills, so I can appreciate the shared musicality of my more flat-sounding memories of a song and the sharper-sounding way I currently hear it. There's a different downside to perfect pitch that I have some personal anecdotal evidence but haven't seen written about anywhere. I think it's more difficult for us to understand people's speech, especially when there are other sounds in the way (for example in any loud environment, or in song lyrics). It makes sense to me that it might be possible given that the sound processing is a bit different, but again I haven't actually seen any writing about this myself, so take it with a grain of salt.

    Daniel AmirDaniel Amir12 dögum síðan
  • Wait, his hair isn't dyed?

    Giovanni Lima ♪Giovanni Lima ♪12 dögum síðan
  • I was tested by a professional musician who was also teaching his craft at the time and he told my parents I had perfect pitch and that it would be a crime not to get me into music training... I was 5. My parents didn't really make the best choices regarding my music training, as for them music was not a realistic potential career for anyone. Perfect pitch helped me in terms of foreign language learning, though.

    Dieezah Translator-SongwriterDieezah Translator-Songwriter12 dögum síðan
  • No dude, its like saying you wouldn't want to fly because people who can fly, and spend their entire lives soaring through the skies will eventually lose the skill. Sounds like envy to me.

    Mateus MeurerMateus Meurer13 dögum síðan
  • I predict Adam says 12-tone equal temperament at least 17 times

    Jake RyanJake Ryan13 dögum síðan
  • I don’t know, having perfect pitch would have really helped me out in sight singing and aural training lmao

    Claire ThomaClaire Thoma13 dögum síðan
  • Dang I’ve gone from being jealous to feeling sorry.

    Hopeful HyenaHopeful Hyena13 dögum síðan
  • the 1 percent of dislikes must've come from those with perfect pitch

    UnchartedSkyUnchartedSky13 dögum síðan
  • I suddenly feel vindicated for having quasi perfect pitch (I can hear a piece of music that's been transposed and say what the semitonal discrepancy is, but not what key it's in). I play half an orchestra of instruments and always got stuck with pretentious "wait, you _don't_ have perfect pitch" attitudes. My built in tuning reference... The theme music for Jurassic Park. Which, incidentally left me very annoyed recently when I watched the Camp Cretaceous Netflix series based on Jurassic World. The music was bumped up a few semitones and it was _so damn wrong_ and my 60 year old father with relative pitch thoroughly enjoyed watching 34 year old me with my quasi perfect pitch brain have a meltdown.

    Kati BKati B13 dögum síðan
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    Vickie SandersVickie Sanders14 dögum síðan
  • 6:35 Can't believe he actually didn"t check...

    Anns 76Anns 7614 dögum síðan
  • It's stupid comparing having perfect pitch to seeing color. I mean, we all hear tones and frequencies, we all can differentiate between tones and frequencies, the only difference is that normal people can't name and remember these tones and frequencies as nuanced as pp people might. So really, pp people see the same red apple, but to them it isn't just a red apple, it's a magenta red apple, and the color of that apple is exactly like the color of that bench they saw yesterday. To me it's just a red apple. Show me the bench I would also be able to say "these are the same color", I just wouldn't be able to remember it as accurately without reference.

    Deus Vult.Deus Vult.14 dögum síðan
  • The term "Absolute Pitch" has me wondering. Absolute compared to what? The A = 440Hz Standard ? Do 'sufferers' wince at music tuned to other standards ? Or is it Absolute with a margin ofvariance sufficiently wide to encompass various tuning Standards ?

    KozmykJKozmykJ14 dögum síðan
  • Tonal language, interesting point... I might have untrained perfect pitch, as a native mandarin speaker.

    胡俊涛胡俊涛14 dögum síðan
  • Because apples are red.... What if you had a green one or a golden one? I guess we would be talking bout jazz!

    Red LionessRed Lioness14 dögum síðan
  • [sings F] "and then down to an E" : )

    Well-Spoken RamblerWell-Spoken Rambler15 dögum síðan
  • That's very interesting. I wonder now about Hermeto Pascoal, who is famous for his perfect pitch and is over 80. I tried to look up if he lost it but couldn't find anything.

    Felipe MolicaFelipe Molica15 dögum síðan
  • i thought perfect pitch was the thing where if someone plays a note you can match it with your voice

    BotarioBotario15 dögum síðan
    • No, that's just not being tone-deaf.

      SoiledWigSoiledWig9 dögum síðan
    • Apparently, that's now "pitch memory" which is fine with me. I didn't learn music until I was 26 so it doesn't come naturally for me to identify pitches with letters, but I still have the right pitches in my head.

      Gideon MarcusGideon Marcus11 dögum síðan
  • Wow what an incredibly, heartbreakingly confused post and comment section. To be able to identify an interval perfectly regardless of context and situation requires many days and countless hours of hard work, work much harder than what everyday people ever experience. It is an acquired privilege reserved for the hardest working musicians, for people who love music and have been incubated in the sonicsphere for extended amounts of time, doing the right things. The fool talking about not being able to identify the key of an opera is confused, as are the rest of you claiming perfect pitch. Any musician with perfect pitch is currently working on music, not commenting on posts as ridiculously titled as this one. Leave it to those who don't understand to discuss what they don't understand......lmao what a minddump!

    Gavin RyderGavin Ryder16 dögum síðan
  • So, I've just learned that I have the Levitin effect. I "play" in my head one of my favorite songs to come up with, say, C.

    ryofurueryofurue16 dögum síðan
  • It’s funny notes literally say what they are. A sounds like an A. B sounds like the letter B

    KingRichTvKingRichTv16 dögum síðan
  • Ignorance is bliss, who would've guessed?

    Prof. Dr. Mike HawkProf. Dr. Mike Hawk16 dögum síðan
  • I like barely strumming an intentionally detuned acoustic guitar.

    Elijah GuevaraElijah Guevara16 dögum síðan
  • Oh...I thought for a minute that Adam dyed his hair pink and I thought it was cute. But it's just the lighting. 😅

    CricketStyleJCricketStyleJ16 dögum síðan
  • Dude there was this guy in my hs music theory class who practiced his trombone so much that he could name chords and notes that were played by my teacher simply because he memorized what it would sound like on his instrument. It was quite amazing to witness! It will be a goal of mine to eventually develop quasi-perfect pitch!

    M SM S17 dögum síðan
  • I pitch-match from muscle memory when singing, and I'm curious if this is a version of Quasi-absolute pitch. Even when I am unable to hear myself due to overwhelming ambient noise, I can still sing along with music I hear because I can feel the pitch and intervals in my throat. I used to think this was fun to play with while sick and hoarse. I would reach for a note by feel and then see how skewed it was due to inflammation in the vocal apparatus. Unfortunately, I later discovered how upsetting it is to lose part of my range due to scarring. I can still feel those notes, all my muscles know where they should be and how they should feel, but when I try to vocalize them, I just get whistle and hiss. :(

    Dianna BlackDianna Black17 dögum síðan
  • Loved the video..... Hated your hoody the whole time, which I think you did on purpose.

    AluminumHasteAluminumHaste17 dögum síðan
  • Dye your hair pink on top. Just do it.

    Loki StreamsLoki Streams17 dögum síðan
  • russian colors are all the same tbh, blue is the only difference. we have синий (seeniy) for pure blue and голубой (goluboy) for light avy blue. and yes, our rainbow has 7 colors because of it. but if im honest its a bit strange. why only blue? its only one of primary colors that has a «brother» in the rainbow. light red is pink, dark red is бардовый, light green is салатовый (salad-colored), dark green is болотный (swamp-colored), but there s nothing for dark blue its just темно-синий (literally dark blue). its a mess. Why pink is not a pert of the rainbow, its a full spectrum, so its there, we just dont count it. funny how rainbow became a symbol of LGBTQ+ and the only color that is missing from yours is light blue which is голубой. in russian голубой also was a slang for gay ppl. Australians of all ppl appropriated it, as for them goluboy sounded like gal-boy and made sense. the real reason why gays were associated with light blue in russian is still debated, strangely enough in soviet prisons passive gays were labeled RED not blue, the despised color of state. so yeah, its another mess.

    TiMonsorTiMonsor18 dögum síðan
  • Perfect pitch is meant to be more common in people who're on the spectrum. I also have tinnitus (constant D tone) which gives me a reference point and I'm not sure if that improved what pitch I had before, or I have developed a form of quasi perfect pitch relative to it.

    Dan Lo BiancoDan Lo Bianco18 dögum síðan
  • I don't have perfect pitch but the day I realized I didn't need it was when I saw most of my fellow students (all of them orchestra players and most of them with perfect pitch, me composer) failed while transcribing polyphonic pieces. They struggled to write the transposing instruments cause their brain was conflicted with what they heard. They struggled, I was able to skip two dictation semesters. As a composer I value much more having the ability to recognize chords., functions and relatively long melodies with ease. It wasn't until I got into guitar that the EADGBE got kind of ingrained in my head and I suspect people who starts violin, or clarinet as you said, at a very young age, develop perfect pitch because no matter which instrument they hear, it reminds them of the note colors in their instruments, it is in a way a form of "auditive hallucination", if you will. From there to color synesthesia I guess there is a small step...our brain software can be molded to do awesome things.

    Sacco BelmonteSacco Belmonte18 dögum síðan
  • can you have Perfect Pitch without able to read music notes? bcz i can not. but i can hear when a piano is 'wrong' or a guitar is playing the wrong tone in a song..

    FMRFMR18 dögum síðan
  • The truck sound was an F not an E woops!

    R. V.R. V.19 dögum síðan
  • I always remember D by singing Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

    thanos lakesthanos lakes19 dögum síðan
  • I already know this video is gonna make me depressed. I didn’t ask to be born with these ears

    Daniel StonecipherDaniel Stonecipher19 dögum síðan
  • This video works for everyone. It makes people feel less bad about not having perfect pitch, and lets everyone know that their talent is just like life in that it eventually goes away.

    f1rebreather123f1rebreather12320 dögum síðan
  • Is there something like, you can see the colors but don't have a strong enough association to the names of the colors to immediately say what they're called? I have a super instant tonal memory, but I never learned music theory when I was young. I played piano for years with a teacher and just learned everything by ear, save for reading the individual notes on sheet music. Even that, I'm really bad at. It takes me so much time to read sheet music, so there's this huge gap between my music theory skills and and actual performance/engagement/musicality. It's something that I'm super ashamed about in front of other musicians, because it's like how can you play piano for >10 years and not be able to name scales and chord progressions at all? It really makes me feel stupid and like a total fraud. I've relied on my ears and tonal memory for everything. I can see the world in color easily I just have a hard time recalling the names, but if there were some sort of pantone color palette in front of me I could recreate the whole scene. Is anyone else out there like this and is there a name for it?

    irreversesirreverses20 dögum síðan
  • Fascinating video! Your colour analogy with the apple makes me wonder if there's any correlation between perfect pitch and chromesthesia (soundcolour synesthesia). If you're interested in learning more about perfect pitch, check out the chapter "Papa blows his nose in G" in Oliver Sack's wonderful book "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain".

    Shiboline M'RessShiboline M'Ress20 dögum síðan
  • I wish I had half the knowledge that Adam has when it comes to theory

    Kolbe McNeilKolbe McNeil20 dögum síðan
  • As a band kid growing up, I can correctly identify and produce in my head 3 pitches: A, Bb, and F, and I can only do it in that order, all using the oboe’s sound. Thank you daily tuning 😂

    徐立瑄Will Hsu徐立瑄Will Hsu20 dögum síðan
    • I got quite good at relative pitch due to band playing and daily drills on tuning sometimes for 1/4 of the class. Also got visual feedback on pitch production with tuning equipment. But it spoils amateur productions especially where there are more than one of the choir or band members singing/playing out of tune. Had to give up on church choir but couldn't tell anyone so I made excuses about too much work. Seems like all I can notice even in professional groups is how well the sections are playing in tune. From my perspective, violin sections are the worst of all as say in a group of 20 violins there's always at least three or four playing out of tune, sometimes more. Other string sections are sometimes poorly tuned as well. Basses though, seem to have no problem. But occasionally there are groups that play very close to perfectly in tune. The ConcertgebouwOrkest gets the rating of one (there are several others) of the best orchestras in the world because they play almost perfectly in tune so much of the time. Here they are doing Beethoven 7 ispast.info/losk/v-deo/k5pmmpjTvYmte4o.html Other musicians, groups, Chicago Symphony, Jascha Heifitz, Pavarotti, many more.

      Ray PhenicieRay Phenicie3 dögum síðan
  • I was taught that perfect pitch is when a musician throws a banjo out a window and hits an accordion player...

    Brinner DangBrinner Dang20 dögum síðan
  • i only have perfect pitch when im on LSD...

    GolbezGolbez21 degi síðan síðan
  • Another important reason you DON'T want to have Perfect Pitch: Every holiday we had at my first music school, a classmate with this "disease" had to make a 20 hour train trip + 10 hour drive to his home in Alta, 2000+ km away as he was unable to fly the prop aircraft used in northern parts of Norway. The impact the two mispitched engines had for about 2 hours was unbearable to him as each of them always cruised between different pitches. The worst impact however, was the fact that the interval between them oscillated from centipitches through dim and perfect seconds to whatever random resting frequency for some seconds, and then back again, every single time passing through one or two perfect pitched intervals for just a second or two before continuing to skew into the chaos between intervals up to a minute before repeating the whole cycle over and over again, each time dragging his mind along with them. A horrible experience according to himself.

    Rainer NilsenRainer Nilsen21 degi síðan síðan
  • And what about people with quasi-perfect pitch? Do they also lose it as they age?

    crtusrcrtusr21 degi síðan síðan
  • Bro, I don't even speak english and now I'm sad bc this is gonna have an end:( I have Quasi-Perfect Pitch

    Gustavo FélixGustavo Félix21 degi síðan síðan
  • i have pp and i feel the music in this video a little flat, is that right or maybe my headphones are "off tune"?

    FabioFabio21 degi síðan síðan
  • Me who has perfect pitch: *well fuck*

    Oreoz and ChillOreoz and Chill21 degi síðan síðan
  • So basically you got to use it to impress a girl, then when you lose it you have someone to comfort you when it's gone and the world just isn't the same.

    Austin OrlikowskiAustin Orlikowski21 degi síðan síðan
  • I have pp and while it can be really useful at times when writing or listening to music, I can tell when my choir goes off pitch and I just cringe so bad. It's not quite a curse but not a blessing either.

    E0NE0N21 degi síðan síðan
  • I remember a few pitches better than others from the effect mentioned. My memory references are: B-flat and A: tuning to these notes in concert band years ago. In addition, I remember B-flat as the first note of the Zelda theme. E: the high string on guitar, and Bach's E-major fugue from WTC II. F: I don't know exactly, the middle F from a piano is so distinct to me that I can always hear it. D: Devo's "Devo Corporate Anthem" starts on D. C: Pianists spend so much time early on thinking about middle-C that it's hard to forget.

    stapler942stapler94221 degi síðan síðan