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Re: AW: absolute pitch & animals

I have pretty good AP for one note on the trumpet, A4 concert. All
I have to do is image playing that note on the horn, and then I can
figure out other notes relatively from that. I've tried the same
thing for playing notes on the piano (without going through the
trumpet imaging process), and I'm invarably wrong.


Susan Hall said:
>>In fact, musicians without AP can sometimes achieve what may be
>>called pseudo-AP in that they develop a long-term memory for a
>>single reference note (e.g., many orchestra musicians can reliably
>>identify A 440 because they've heard it so often). This may be
>>similar to what the bats are able to do.
>When I played in a band at school, a bunch of us had fun for a while
>trying to see who could sing, hum or whistle the tuning note most
>closely each morning before the band director played it. We all got
>very good at it (none of us were APers). In discussing how we did it,
>one possible cue we considered was motor rather than perceptual - for
>that one note, we learned the vocal tract conformation (for singing),
>or the lip tension (for whistling).