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Perfect Pitch: Why Do People Lose It?

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In this episode I discuss the how and why people who live long enough lose their Perfect Pitch.

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Honzinus78 lvl 40
I listened to the video in the background and I recognized As major key in an instant he hit the keyboard. I don't know what that is but I've had this ability since I was a little boy. I believe it is not a perfect pitch. I recognize some notes from the cluster, but not all of them..
B Me
B Me 19 日 前
In the late 18th and early 19th century, pianos were typically tuned to A415. I tune mine down to that and enjoy the new color and feeling to pieces from that era.
Z Z
Z Z 21 日 前
I am 22 and my perfect pitch lately has shifted by a semi tone. Very embarrassing
QalinaCom
QalinaCom 24 日 前
Richter and other people should just play on digital piano transposed to suit their perfect hearing.
QalinaCom
QalinaCom 24 日 前
I wonder how people with perfect pitch play transposing instruments, like saxophone?
Chris
Chris 26 日 前
I've had inner ear troubles and it slightly affects my pitch perception. Sometimes if I yawn really hard or stretch my jaw in the right way, it makes all sound slightly sharp or flat. I definitely believe it has something to do with the ears and not the brain- like those anectodes you presented, those who lost perfect pitch expected to hear a sound they had memorized, but the environment they perceived gave another, which to me indicates their measuring devices had shifted (ears!). I really wish doctors actually understood how to heal ears that have degenerated or shifted, in my experience, they absolutely do not and mostly guess.
Mick Hogan
Mick Hogan ヶ月 前
Very interesting. My son is an audiologist and has a great interest in brain plasticity. He's mentioned to me in the past that many double bass players' intonation goes out as they get older, and that it's recognised in modern medical science.
Quatsch Bond
Quatsch Bond ヶ月 前
😚👍 Great job, Rick ... very interesting ....
L Clarke
L Clarke ヶ月 前
Perfect pitch drifts because the world is drifting ... to the Left.
Mary Beth Ciocco
Mary Beth Ciocco ヶ月 前
just turned 52 and still have it
Hamilton Loomis
Hamilton Loomis ヶ月 前
I too used to have perfect pitch, but interestingly, I lost mine in my early twenties, and I noticed I was starting to be a half step off, just like Rick said! (And many other comments) Many people have commented that it would be devastating to lose perfect pitch, however I feel like losing it was a BLESSING, not a curse... When I was a kid it used to drive me nuts when instruments and singers were out of tune, and it was like nails on a chalkboard. I just couldn't stand it. Now I hear the value of being out of tune, and all the imperfections that make performances human. It's almost as if my ear relaxed, in some sense, and now music is so much more enriching and meaningful. Anyone else experience this? For instance, there are certain singers who are consistently slightly flat, like Sam Smith for instance, and that's one of the elements that makes him sound so melancholy and emotional. I thought for a while that maybe this "shift" was a result of me maturing further as a musician, but it's awfully coincidental that this all happened right around the same time, so I'm sure that losing perfect pitch had at least something to do with it. And if so, I'm better off because of it. Perfect pitch, good riddance!!!
PaganWizard
PaganWizard ヶ月 前
While you were tuning your guitar, it reminded me of "Oracle: The Dream" from RUSH's 2112.
Magnús Scoria
Magnús Scoria ヶ月 前
So long as I have my relative pitch, I'll do fine as a singer. Must be terrifying to have had perfect pitch and then lose it!
peach cat
peach cat ヶ月 前
this makes me sad that one day i will lose my perfect pitch :(
Copykon's Music
Copykon's Music ヶ月 前
This explains what happened to me after a heart attack and surgery.
Tyler Swagar
Tyler Swagar ヶ月 前
I'm only 29, but I seem to temporarily lose my absolute pitch when I have a flu or some other acute illness. Not sure what that's about. And it's exactly as described, hearing everything down a semitone.
Damn Son
Damn Son ヶ月 前
I know this isn't a competition but I lost my perfect pitch before I could even hear.
sharpest shed tool
My ex husband had perfect pitch at the point of our divorce. He is in his 60s now. I haven’t seen him for at least 17 years, but now I’m curious🤔 Edit: He was a drummer so it would only affect his singing. Or is it effect? Darn!
PewPewReload
PewPewReload 2 ヶ月 前
I would bet that the sag comes from our common usage of tempered tuning in modern music. Perfect pitch isn't tempered. It's literal. After years and years of listening to music/instruments in tempered tuning, your ear starts to hear pitches sagged from what they really are. IMO; that's just my theory. It would explain a lot, anyway.
yourbudjerry
yourbudjerry 2 ヶ月 前
This may explain something I ran into with my aunt a decade or so ago. I went to visit her at my moms and wanted her to play a new guitar I had bought, so before she came in, I tuned it with my electronic tuner. Now, she hadn't touched a guitar in many years, but when I handed it to her, she strummed it and said..."Wow, this thing is out of tune." I didn't say a word, but watched her retune each string and then after she played "Wildwood flower", she handed me the guitar back and I got my tuner out again. Much to my surprise, she had tuned each string down a full step exactly. I thought for a while, they grew up in a rural area, maybe she had learned relative pitch incorrectly as she didn't reach music, but maybe this was just her brain telling her the notes were correct.... any thoughts?
floopyboo
floopyboo 2 ヶ月 前
Le sigh. Something to "look forward to"
Catherine Meeson
Catherine Meeson 2 ヶ月 前
Wonderful Rick, in the spirit of music, you rock
justgivemeanumber
justgivemeanumber 2 ヶ月 前
so everyone can recognize the intervals... but not actual pitch?
Nam Tập Bass
Nam Tập Bass 2 ヶ月 前
As a person with perfect pitch, somehow I can relate the story of Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch to one of the lessons in life: No matter how special your individual self are, it's simply how you are to people around you that lasts.
Hikaru Ichijyo Alfred
I know a lady who has it and she's 50. She hears her kettle whistle and goes, "that's high C", or when an elevator dings she'll sing it back with the note . . . she can tell if instruments are tuned right or not . . . when she'd throw parties and her music friends would come in and garage band it out. . . and she is a good musician but it is not her line of work. Her best friend is a professional musician and she gets jelly as she only has relative pitch. But its crazy like she has a super power or something, and guess the pitch game .
tjs114
tjs114 2 ヶ月 前
I had perfect pitch until I was 40, when I had a jaw fracture repaired. I went flat by 15 percent, after about six months I adapted and regained it, but I think I actually adjusted in my head- like people have to learn how to wear bifocal glasses without feeling nausea. At 51, I can feel it sliding again. An audiologist will tell you it relates to hearing loss of high frequency, but I think it might really be related to changes in bone density in the skull and jaw. I think it is like the tuning of a drum head- our skull changes and we process the sound different. Totally obscure thing I've noticed over the years. People who have any musical training tend to be able to identify an E cold. I don't know why, and the rest of the notes are scattershot; but identifying E seems to be one of the easiest to do. I wonder if E just resonates with bone in such a way that we just *know* it.
Claymation Media
Claymation Media 2 ヶ月 前
Interesting... I'm sure you could create a pitch-adjusted keyboard that matches the pitch change that happens in the mind.
sivadmg
sivadmg 2 ヶ月 前
so learn general pitch or become a drummer (multi instrumentalist)
Forest Littke
Forest Littke 2 ヶ月 前
I could listen to Rick talk for 25 hours a day ... if you get my meaning :)
Ronnie Dr. Rocker Ross
I came across this video about perfect pitch ( great video by the way)....I once worked with a girl. with perfect. pitch, and she was amazing...I could smash down a bunch of keys and she could call out every note... BUT...if she got a cold and her head was stuffed up, well , her pitch would leave her until she got over the cold....Have you ever heard of this before...if you haven't, you heard of it now.. Comment please....
Flap Jackson
Flap Jackson 2 ヶ月 前
I was fortunate enough to see Gary Burton play a solo performance in Johnstown, PA 20+ years ago. I was then fortunate enough to meet him, as he happened to be sitting at the table next to me and my wife at a dinner following his concert. I hadn’t heard of him before then, but his vibraphone skills made me plenty aware that he must be a well known musician. I commented to him that I was amazed at his performance, and he engaged me in conversation for the next five minutes. Very nice and gracious guy. I was tickled to see him mentioned in this video.
Hobart's Obsessions
Hobart's Obsessions 2 ヶ月 前
this is my second time watching this video. I've spoken to many people about this video and channel. great job, love what you do.
Matthias Seekjær
Matthias Seekjær 2 ヶ月 前
Fun fact the Bell at 12.38 is actually an F#. Your welcome
CR Green
CR Green 2 ヶ月 前
Here's a fun (weird, maybe) story. I've always had good relative pitch. Never perfect pitch. But while I was studying piano for a (very) short period of time in the late 80s my teacher, who was a brilliant pianist, got in an argument with me … Here's what happened. As I was learning the rudiments of piano, which I learned quickly (my mother was a prodigy and I came from a "show biz" family - I got some of that by DNA and/or constant exposure to music), I noticed (for whatever reason - I don't remember how I discovered this) when I plugged my ears and pushed in (like /aggressively/ plugged my ears with my fingers), there was a consistant tone /in my head/ (E flat or E sharp, I can't remember which - it's now an E natural). So at some point I came in to my lesson and maybe my teacher played a note or something on some other instrument before I played anything on the piano and I quickly plugged my ears and said "D flat" or whatever it was. I sort of laughed and at some point he decided to "test me" by playing notes and I would respond with the note name. I told him afterward that I was using a "trick" - that note my head. The weird part of it was that I expected him to laugh and say "you tricky bastard" or something but instead he /refused to believe/ that I was using relative pitch! We got in this bizarre argument and I tried to explain the trick to him but he just /refused/ to accept it.
Steve
Steve 2 ヶ月 前
Hey Rick, do you think there is any connection between Slash always playing down a half step and his heart challenges. I wonder if the same thing happened to him but at a younger age?
Katherine Schindler
Katherine Schindler 2 ヶ月 前
One older guy 50 - 60 has perfect pitch in a choir I sang in. The director would say give me an A flat. He would croak it out - smoker too.
Ansis99
Ansis99 2 ヶ月 前
For musicians who start in childhood solfeggio and all life living and playing, it is easy to be in "shape". For me - I start to sing in 4 years, in 5 I get small children's piano with 2 octaves and only "white" keys. In six, father get small electric "1 touch per note" 3 octaves all keys instrument. Then musical school... I can "play everything" today (more or less - simple songs) because (from six years) I "search" songs on the piano board. It helps a lot. Today I have 54 years and I am not playing a lot and I loose ability to hear notes... Sometimes I try to make solfeggio in my brain, but it fails always... Not fun. But it is what it is. 🥂
Su Strafford
Su Strafford 2 ヶ月 前
After a sudden unexplained loss of hearing, I realised I was hearing pitches in one ear a semitone different from the other ear - it has never resolved and where the stereo of a recording is very well defined, as in older recordings, it is excruciating! I don't have perfect pitch, but the relative difference is disconcerting enough!
PrimalTheEmperor (primal9000)
Perfect Pitch is a curse, ‘cause you can walk by and hear something in G or E and not be able to tune it out (no pun intended), or ignore it…
Grant Loxton
Grant Loxton 2 ヶ月 前
If Beethoven can write deaf I can write without perfect pitch
SuperStrik9
SuperStrik9 2 ヶ月 前
According to Jerry Garcia Phil Lesh had perfect pitch.
phasespace
phasespace 2 ヶ月 前
Anyone can learn perfect pitch.
Cajavier
Cajavier 2 ヶ月 前
My friend and I used to say that I had a “half perfect” pitch because I’m usually off the tune by half step. Now that I’ve seen this video it’s all coming together. The worst part is that I’m 29, haha
Dexter the AMV DJ
Dexter the AMV DJ 2 ヶ月 前
I learn more about music from you than from any other thing in the world. Thank you so much!
Rich McKay
Rich McKay 2 ヶ月 前
I had to watch this twice and you mentioned that losing your perfect pitch has to do with your brain? You even said it when Gary Burton had heart problems he lost his perfect pitch. I used to have a pretty good ear until I started having high blood pressure in my late 50's. I think that the higher blood pressure screwed with my ears. What do you think? Ask your friends, who lost their perfect pitch in their fifty's, if they were diagnosed with high blood pressure?
Jack Heald
Jack Heald 2 ヶ月 前
I remember in freshman music theory, the girl in front of me had perfect pitch. (I had a good ear, but not perfect.) When we did harmonic dictation, the instructor would say, "we're starting in C." And she would say, "no, you're playing in Eb." Up till then, I always thought it'd be awesome to have perfect pitch. That was when I realized that her perfect pitch was actually a handicap, and my good-enough relative pitch was a much more useful ability.
Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck 2 ヶ月 前
I have perfect pitch and I discovered that after swimming (probably because of the water in my ears?) I hear everything flat for about an hour or two. I noticed it the first time when I instantly grabbed my bass guitar after an hour of swimming to practise. I thought I got crazy when the tuner said its an E but it 100% sounded like Eb to me, I got so scared and worried but soon I discovered that with this trick I can make familiar music sound "new" again, so listening to music I love after swimming is always a great adventure because it sounds so different to me
Linda November
Linda November 2 ヶ月 前
Bingo, My PP started to hear a half tone lower, I'm almost 77, and it still is !
Ron Oliver
Ron Oliver 2 ヶ月 前
Somebody with perfect pitch here: I realized I had perfect pitch when I was very young. At some point in my childhood, my parents bought me an upright piano which was slightly out of tune (tuned a semitone lower on purpose - would eventually go a bit more than a semitone lower). It was a terribly nauseating experience, to the point that not only I had to transpose everything I wanted to play in my head, which was an unexpectedly horrible and tedious task for me, but even if I managed to do that, it just wouldn't sound the same, because it would still be lower no matter what. After years of playing it, I bought a new piano, and I thought I had to "re-tune" everything in my head. No harm done, right? Well, wrong. I have kind of lost my perfect pitch. Although I can still tell what note it is most of the times, it is much harder for me than it used to be, and mistakes and auditory illusions are a commonplace occurence (at first I thought the lower note on the guitar at 1:03 was a Eb -> F, when it was in fact a D -> E, and it took me two or three seconds to realize; however, I knew at 6:51 that it was an Eb instantly). I'm sure you've read many testimonies from people who've lost their perfect pitch as they age, and they'll be happy to tell you how devastating it is on their own personality. I can confidently tell you that they're not exaggerating one bit.
Gary A
Gary A 2 ヶ月 前
If you don't start playing music until older how would you know if you ever had perfect pitch?
Laura Unterweger
Laura Unterweger 2 ヶ月 前
Mine used to be pretty close to perfect (although I've sometimes had trouble distinguishing whether a song is in B or C), but it has slipped a bit. (I'm 58 now.) I still have pretty darn good relative pitch, though.
aussiebloke609
aussiebloke609 2 ヶ月 前
I remember when I first realised my perfect pitch was slipping. It was pretty unsettling to realize that improv was going to be a whole lot harder, especially when playing with someone else who was also riffing loosely on a theme. Relative pitch certainly helps, but it's just not as intuitive as instantly knowing the note I needed without thought or planning. That said, having it for a while was better - in my book, anyway - than never having known what it's like. :-)
PopArt
PopArt 2 ヶ月 前
Hey Rick, check out the neuroscience topic "representational drift." There's a June 9th, 2021 article in The Atlantic that gives an overview. My hunch is that representational drift is at least partially responsible for the shift in perfect pitch.
Saxophone and Clarient - Austral
I don't have perfect pitch, but every time I play with a pianist I always get my first not right on the clarinet without thinking about it, I am 59, your brain sometimes knows things you don't know. This is do true even if I pretend to play the clarinet with my hands I can recall notes perfectly
Marco Torres
Marco Torres 2 ヶ月 前
In Ecclesiastes 12 written anywhere between 970 to 930 B.C. king Solomon exhorts us to enjoy life before the effects of old age take away natural ability. One of the effects of old age listed is the fainting of sounds, more specifically the sound of birds, which is musical in nature. I think it interesting that the author decided to use nature's music as part of a rather poetic description of the loss of hearing. One noteworthy part of this chapter of Ecclesiastes is the third line of verse 4 which can be interpreted to mean that once melodic sounds will lose that quality at old age. It's very interesting that recognition of the change in the way we hear sounds at old age was something that was written about so long ago.
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armagan72 2 ヶ月 前
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Big Talk
Big Talk 2 ヶ月 前
You really need to get in touch with some neuroscientists. Everything you talk about in this video has to do with brain anatomy and auditory physiology. Neuropeptides, synapses. There is a biological answer to your dilemma of why people lose perfect pitch. I don't have the answers, but neuroscientists and neurochemists would be able to help you. The whole topic is fascinating to me. I'm a physician, and as such approach issues about hearing on a biological level. But most musicians probably have little to no understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of a sense such as sound. Two different points of view coming at almost opposite directions. Mix up some top level musicians with some top level neuroscientists, and see what they come up with. It would be mind blowing.
Singu Larity
Singu Larity 2 ヶ月 前
This happened to me but at 30. I still have no idea what to do.
Cats Pajamas
Cats Pajamas 2 ヶ月 前
I've always been a half-step sharp when trying to recall notes. Without a reference note to go by, if someone asks me for a C, I sing a C♯. If they ask for a D, I sing an E♭. I'm in my mid-50's now... based on what you said about people losing a half-step in their 50's, can I look forward to perfect pitch soon? 😋 That would be cool!
Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck 2 ヶ月 前
I can also identify notes with 100% accuracy but if I try to tune my guitar/violin im ALWAYS a few hz flat. Probably somewhere between 430-435.. idk why it happens
halt2045
halt2045 2 ヶ月 前
I clearly don't have perfect pitch, but I'm 65 years old and my relative pitch has never been better than it is today, it will likely get better in the future. I had a little brother who is now deceased, who had perfect pitch. I believe my father did also. It always amazed me how they could make comments about a piece of music after hearing it one time, that were too obscure for me to notice without listening to it dozens of times. I could play a little guitar but I wasn't nearly as good as my brother. We would play and sing a song together, and shortly after starting he would stop me. He'd tell me something like tighten the D string about a sixteenth of a turn. Now loosen the A string just a smidge. We would start playing again, and he would say, "perfect."
Badger
Badger 2 ヶ月 前
So interesting.
Chris Guida
Chris Guida 2 ヶ月 前
This is exactly what happened to me. Funny thing is, now I know that it's off by a half-step so I can retune, with a slight delay
Sean McAleavy
Sean McAleavy 2 ヶ月 前
Pitch, pitch, pitch, It's all I ever hear from you!
DmK S
DmK S 2 ヶ月 前
totally unscientific but maybe the brain uses everything we hear all the time as a calibration for perfect pitch. with age we perceive less and less high frequencies so maybe the calibration just shifts down a half step.
aceto1900
aceto1900 2 ヶ月 前
This was the best an' the longest ad for Beato's Ear Training Course.
T C
T C 2 ヶ月 前
I'm seldom disappointed with your videos but this time I was. The title of the video is misleading. You don't explain how perfect pitch is lost. You just say it's a "brain thing" and that people slowly stop hearing the notes properly.
Michael Dobrinski
Michael Dobrinski 2 ヶ月 前
There are medications that can alter your perfect pitch as well
SilentMajority
SilentMajority 2 ヶ月 前
I find this as well…. Never had perfect pitch yet tuning my guitar these days with new strings (without tuner ) I tune to my bottom E to Eb……
Ian Arigadas
Ian Arigadas 2 ヶ月 前
Theae people complaining on how they are lossing thier perfect pitch and here i am cannot even tune a guitar using the tune of other strings. You are blessed dude.
Joshua Photara
Joshua Photara 2 ヶ月 前
Its a memory/sensation thing.
Ben Dejo
Ben Dejo 2 ヶ月 前
I lost my pitch when I developed MS. Also, I can no longer identify every regional accent you’d find in the UK…. A Manx sounds exactly the same as Brummie to me. I guess I can identify a Norther Irish (Belfast) and a northern Welsh accent but other than that it sounds the same at different levels of pronunciation and glottal stops … It’s so frustrating and forget about singing…. It’s completely diabolical
Dada
Dada 2 ヶ月 前
Holy cow, no wonder I always mess up my Low E. It is always Eb. Problem is I'm in my thirties. I lost it very early.
Rusty Yates
Rusty Yates 2 ヶ月 前
In order to truly have perfect pitch, a human being would have to be perfect. There has only ever been one perfect human. I don't believe anyone other than that one perfect human is capable of having perfect pitch. I think instead one is capable of having close to perfect relative pitch.
kipling1957
kipling1957 3 ヶ月 前
It’s gone the other direction with me. The young me could hardly keep in tune. Now at 64, having played music and recorded for the last 20 years (late starter) I’m amazed to find I can pick up a guitar, sing what I think is, let’s say an A, and pluck the A string to find I am spot on. I think it’s a mixture of repetitive learning and the epigenetic switching on of genes related to pitch perception. Seems to suggest that perfect pitch is somewhat plastic in nature.
Jimmy DeGroot
Jimmy DeGroot 3 ヶ月 前
Hey Rick can you do a video on how to fatten cords up? Take boring 1,3,5 and beef it up?
ohbewan
ohbewan 3 ヶ月 前
Does Dylan still have perfect pitch?
Dewdli
Dewdli 3 ヶ月 前
In my head if you have perfect pitch you surely already have relative one, because it takes time to remember every notes sound unless you have awesome memory
RedDogMamaHD
RedDogMamaHD 3 ヶ月 前
So funny that I am watching this and you mentioning Jacob Collier ... I just discovered him this morning! I loved his Moon River! I guess that this video of yours showed up for me because I just subscribed to his channel ... I have been subscribed to you for a long time, and I remember watching your videos with Dylan and his perfect pitch.
Sergeant Skeleton
Sergeant Skeleton 3 ヶ月 前
Hey Rick, I would love it if you could do a What Makes This Song Great on Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s new song Leave The Door Open.
Paul Driscoll
Paul Driscoll 3 ヶ月 前
Its called getting old, (and it sucks - Turned 59, want to be 25, but reality is your screwed lol, hell im so far from perfect im on the next keyboard in the other room and that is broken too... lol)
MisterCrankyPants
MisterCrankyPants 3 ヶ月 前
I've always wondered, is there anything special about the actual frequencies of notes? For example an A4 is 440 hz, but as a whole are the frequencies of notes in relation to some point of reference (i.e. time is measured based on revolutions of the earth around the sun) or are they merely arbitrary as long as they remain the same relative to one another. That is, could an A4 be referenced as 437 hz (and all the others -3 hz as well) and still maintain their overall qualities, or is there some quality or property that would be lost if they were all -3 or -6 or whatever hz.
DJ Dimapasoc
DJ Dimapasoc 3 ヶ月 前
How I tune my guitar? I play this specific part (intro) of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy"
Andre Kunkel
Andre Kunkel 3 ヶ月 前
I am a bassist who slag tunes down a semitone in my band. I now, after years of this, tend to be off by a semitone. “My” E has now become an Eb.
tubedatpipeline
tubedatpipeline 3 ヶ月 前
Yep. Ive had perfect pitch all my life but recently lost it in my late 40s. It happens. Now I’m weirdly consistently half note off. Super annoying. Lol
joe hurst
joe hurst 3 ヶ月 前
I lost it after an illness where one of the side effects of meds was tinnitus....don’t have the tinnitus anymore but my instant perfect pitch is gone. I still have good relative pitch and by “ remembering “ E and A by actively ( rather than passively) listening to songs in those keys once in a while my brain remembers those and I reference from them. It takes a couple of seconds , where as it used to be instantaneous...
Glenn Broadway
Glenn Broadway 3 ヶ月 前
Do orchestras around the world all tune to the same frequencies? I’ve heard that an American middle C is different to an English one, and that even Scotland use a slightly different frequency.
Jamie Andrews
Jamie Andrews 3 ヶ月 前
I went out to a karaoke bar and after my 10th pint, sang Living On A Prayer by Bon Jovi pitch perfect with full choreography, woke up the next morning to recreate the performance in the kitchen and my wife said I sounded like someone kicking a cat... proof you can loose your perfect pitch...
Randy Coutu
Randy Coutu 3 ヶ月 前
How to tune your guitar 2112-style
Amaj
Amaj 3 ヶ月 前
so, say you are losing half a tone in your pitch... can't you just play like every tone half a step higher? I am no musician, so sorry if the question doesnt make sense
Lasha Martashvili
Lasha Martashvili 3 ヶ月 前
It's not the brain thing. each hear in the cochlea picks a resonance from a specific tone and brain knows which neuron the signal was delivered from. The correspondence of which hair firing matches which frequency is dependent on quite many factors such as cochlea dimensions, density/pressure inside cochlear liquid, tension/elasticity of the membranes which can obviously be affected by aging. So, after changing to these parameters, different resonant patterns will be present in the cochlea. Eeach hair will start picking different frequency than it used to, but the neuron it is sending the impulse to the brain with, stays the same. Eventually the brain starts receiving signals from different addresses. So it's purely mechanical and in no way mental. BTW Gary Burton most probably lost his perfect pitch to one or more drugs he had been constantly injected with during his pulmonary/heart bypass procedure. Sildenafil AKA viagra is known to alter perfect pitch. Interestingly, affected subjects reported a half tone shift in pitch perception.
Mike is Better than Mike
I am losing my perfect pitch now. I am just 27. Sometimes I hear E but it’s F in reality.
Rosanna Tufts
Rosanna Tufts 3 ヶ月 前
I played around with A=432 tuning for a couple of years. When I had to go back to A=440 tuning for a classical concert, everything sounded so HIGH!
Ivan Rivero
Ivan Rivero 3 ヶ月 前
Rick. Simple question as I'm watching. If you ask me to sing any song I have heard before just once and I sing it in tune with the original? Is that perfect pitch?
António Gonçalves
António Gonçalves 3 ヶ月 前
I'm speculating a bit, but losing perfect pitch might be explained by the normal aging process. When we get old, we start getting neurosensorial hearing loss, which is called presbycusis, and this is more impactful in high frequencies. The switch from earing in a range with higher frequencies to lower might explain the half tone stepdown!
James Peyton
James Peyton 3 ヶ月 前
Neil Sedaka said Carole King could name the notes in sequence and never made a mistake. However, she herself said she has relative pitch and not perfect pitch. The great concert pianist Josef Hoffman's pitch was so good he told his piano tuner that the fork was not at 440, and Hoffman was correct. Last, Abbey Simon was my piano professor's piano professor.
Phillip King
Phillip King 3 ヶ月 前
Sinuses.
G G
G G 3 ヶ月 前
I can sing scales on piano the same. Without former training. A musician discovered this.
Renato Štrek
Renato Štrek 3 ヶ月 前
I like how every other commenter has perfect pitch, but in reality only about 4% of music students (!) and about 1 in 8000 people overall have it (or at least know they have it).
Yepow
Yepow 3 ヶ月 前
(the people commenting on perfect pitch and their loss of it on a perfect pitch video are not selected as a random sample from the population, but presumably have a significant sampling bias towards commentary from people with perfect pitch)
Joeh1154
Joeh1154 3 ヶ月 前
I remember something on of my professors mentioned during an ear training class. He mentioned his perfect pitch was getting lower. He said concert A for him now seemed to be lower than A but not quite an A flat. I have decent relative pitch and I was pretty good at musical dictation. I always found it somewhat funny that the singers in College were all pretty bad at dictation and sight singing.
Rafart Music
Rafart Music 3 ヶ月 前
Didn’t know it was a common thing! This happened to me in the lapse of 5 years and I didn’t know what was wrong, very frustrating indeed.
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