Can your bass player do that?
May 10, 2010 3:16 AM Subscribe
Do I have perfect pitch?
posted by cronholio to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I play the double bass in a band and when tuning our instruments before rehearsal, the guitar guy would always ask me to give him an A, in reply to which I would sing the letter "A". This turned into a running gag and soon we discovered that my A was in near-perfect pitch every time. I tried it again at home and without reference (that is, without hearing anything being played shortly before) and I always seem to get it right. I can do other notes as well, though I'm still practicing, and what's more, I can name individual notes when played on the piano (or another instrument, for that matter). This works reasonably well for notes of the C major scale, for others I'm sometimes a bit off.
So what does that mean? I've read that only 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch. So I guess what I can do has been acquired and is probably more common? (I've been playing all kinds of instruments since I was a kid, in case that matters. Not professionally though.)