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Jun. 28th, 2009 @ 09:09 pm Hi
Hello, looks like things have been dead for a couple months. I'm new here, just saying hi. I go by Doranwen online (Doran for short), I play piano, soprano recorder, a little guitar, and have played violin in the past. (I also try to play dulcimers--hammered or not--anytime I run across one.) I know I've got good relative pitch for sure, and I'm pretty sure I have something of absolute pitch as well. I'm not always perfect about it--sometimes I'm off a little when I have to identify a single note. I can almost always get the key of a song hearing it by itself, and offkey-ness bugs me to no end, but I can transpose music and sing a different key than I'm reading it (though I'm usually QUITE aware that it's not right and it's a really odd feeling). In the medium range I'm the most accurate with notes--when it gets higher or lower I'm not always right on (until someone's confirmed a pitch, then anywhere they go on the keyboard I can get it, thanks to relative pitch). I'm not rigid about concert pitch either, there's a bit of flexibility. I've played on a lot of out-of-tune and old pianos in the past, and I think that's saved me from going bonkers, lol. Mostly what I do musical these days (besides just listening and enjoying music) is transcribe pieces that don't have sheet music, either for my parents or just because. The latest one I did was called Mr. Simon, a piano/vocal piece (my dad wanted to perform it at church but the only thing available was a $15 accompaniment track--he preferred that my mom be able to play it). If you're curious, you can see the result here (needs Sibelius Scorch to see/play).

I think one of the things I always sensed growing up that puzzled me that I couldn't figure out why no one else did, was how *different* black and white keys sounded. White keys had a crisp clear sound, and black keys had a warm rich sound. And everyone I told this looked at me blankly like "OK, I don't know what you're talking about." I feel like this is a basic thing, am I right? Or is it something weird that most people don't sense?

Does anyone else feel like each key has its own feel, its own emotion? Even the minors don't sound alike. D minor to me has a weeping sad sound, very emotional. B minor is incredibly sad too, but it feels like the emotions are all locked up and don't know how to escape.

And one more question: Anyone out there who does NOT have synaesthesia but feels like keys have their own colors? I know I'm not a synaesthete, but I feel like different notes have their own colors, which have something to do with how they sound. (I don't see the colors when I hear music, just when I think about it.)
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Date:June 29th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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You say you have relative pitch, that's pretty much how the general populace understands music - by the intervals. Us absolute pitch possessors actually attribute something to the notes or key, as you obviously do. So in a way, it's right. We actually listen to each individual note, so it's not surprising to have you attribute something to the piano keys.

G or G Major is usually an optimistic key/note for me, C Major is neutral, E flat is an annoying buzzing fly, A/A Major shouts overconfidence and arrogance. *shrug*

The whole 'being off slightly' is normal. Most absolute pitch studies I've read, participants were usually able to identify notes with a ~90%+ accuracy with a semitone error margin.
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Date:June 29th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Welcome, and thanks for posting. :D
I totally agree about the black and white keys, and each key having its own distinct sound. I don't really feel the "colors" thing, but that's just because I'm defs. not a synaesthete.
Also, I love dulcimers.
:D Again welcome. Glad to have you.