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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 12:01 pm perfect pitch curiosity
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Date:July 1st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
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1) no difference. I'm a pianist, if that helps any.
2) independent, for me. An A is an A is an A, no matter which instrument or machine or whatnot is producing it. You mght meet people who have timbre-based "AP", which is not really the same...I refer to it lovingly as "piano pitch" after the instrument whose players most often have it! They can't seem to name notes on instruments besides their own, though.
3) I hear the whole chord in its key, though that might be because I actually have good relative pitch as well. The key and the quality come simultaneously, except for in, oddly enough, the French augmented 6, where I can get the quality first by a split second!
4) I tend to hear a bit more harmonically, as a diehard tonal composer, but I try to pay attention to line as well, especially when I'm writing contrapuntally. If someone weren't hearing at all harmonically, I'd question whether or not they have any relative pitch at all...which, contrary to popular belief, a lot of AP possessors have (and all *should* have) alongside. :)