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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000572.txt from 2002/05

From: Jeremy A Schiffer <schiffer@-----.edu>
Subj: RE: [kl] Perfect Pitch
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 17:47:40 -0400

On Tue, 21 May 2002, Kenneth Wolman wrote:

> Who knows what on earth she was thinking.
> It's hard for me to laugh at this--I feel rather like I'm laughing at
> someone you'd see in the subway playing for coin.
>
> Ken

Hey, *I* play in the subway [stations] for coin!

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By the way, what type of specialist does one see if they want to figure
out how they're wired for sound, so to speak? As far as I can tell, I'm
virtually tone-deaf (listen to my intonation), have no singing voice, and
no finite sense of pitch. I can match any pitch when I sing, as long as
the source is still sounding, but once it stops, I have a nearly
impossible time recreating it. Needless to say, this makes learning by
ear a real challenge. Is there a way I can find out how best to overcome
my apparent musical handicaps, aside from hour upon hour of frustrating,
humiliating ear training (which I already did in college, with little
improvement)? We learn everything by ear in the klezmer band, and I'm
tired of it taking two hours to learn a new piece when everyone else has
it down in less than ten minutes.

thanks,

Jeremy Schiffer
1st Clarinet, Columbia Wind Ensemble
Clarinet, Columbia Klezmer Band
mp3's (of both groups) at http://www.columbia.edu/~schiffer/music.html

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