Re: Pitch Memory (Don Hill )

Subject: Re: Pitch Memory
From:    Don Hill  <donhill(at)WIMSEY.COM>
Date:    Wed, 9 Aug 1995 13:53:00 PDT

Rebecca, You wrote: >Regarding the pitch memory process... (snip) ... >Also, people tend to do a lot of things >easily (math, swimming,...) until they get the idea that they are >supposed to be hard. Pitch memory is just one of these things. A personal anecdote: many, many years ago, I sang one of the principal roles in a G&S operetta; a modest production, only a piano accompaniment; I was fourteen. One of the ditty's required a key-pitch prompt before my big solo. During the opening night performance, I didn't wait for the prompt and launched into the song. To the accompanist's amazement, I was in perfect pitch - the piano and chorus joined in without a bump. After the show, the accompanist spoke a great deal of my 'talent.' I recall being unimpressed with myself, simply because we had rehearsed the piece so many times. Why wouldn't I remember the correct pitch? Ah...blissful youth. Cordially, Don Hill donhill(at)

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