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Re: perfect pitch/transposing

On Thu, 3 May 2001, Rebecca Mercuri wrote:

> I believe the way to differentiate people with
> perfect pitch with those with relative pitch is whether
> or not they can transpose
I have no perfect pitch but unfortunately cannot transpose either :-))
More seriously, in rock music it is quite popular to "tune down half
step", which means that the guitars are tuned down, but the musicians play
the same way as before. Which means that all their songs are in unusual
keys like Ab, Eb, Db. Does someone with perfect pitch has a kind of
strange experience when listening to these songs? Especially, when the the
band plays a song that is well known, but originally was written half step

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