August 1, 2016

I don’t like the word ‘pitch’. It’s a black kind of a word. Even with ‘perfect’ in front of it, I’m not convinced.

Musically speaking, it is supposed to be a great asset to have perfect pitch i.e. the ability to recognise any note you hear as an F sharp, B flat or whatever. I once tried to teach myself perfect pitch by carrying a tuning fork around in my pocket. Clonked against any hard object (your head will do if nothing else is forthcoming) this useful implement will reliably provide you with the note A. I would test myself by trying to sing an A at regular intervals throughout the day and check with the tuning fork to see if I had it right. I was getting quite good, but then one day the fork disappeared during a walk on Dartmoo...

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