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Topic: Is it possible to know this?
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posted: 12/5/2004 at 12:03:16 PM ET
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Hi again:

In my quest to learn to read music, when I look at the staff. and look at "G", I am wondering how I know by using my voice, where "G" is by hitting the note with my voice? Is this something that comes in time? Being able to hum "G" automatically? Or, is this something that isn't able to be done without the aid of a tuned instrument to help one along? In other words, if someone were to say to me" Give me a "G", expecting me to be able to use my voice to give them a "G" is this possible? I guess what I am getting at is, lets say I am at my chimes. They each have a note. If I have a piece of music in front of me, let's say "Joy to the World", and I was to follow along with the music, what if the notes were not indented onto the chime? How would I know where "G" is in the chimes? Is this something I will learn after practicing for long periods of time- knowing right where to automatically go when wanting to strike each note? I am trying to figure out how to understand how I am going to know where I need to go when playing a melody on chimes without having to "guess". The chimes begin with the highest note being "E" then end with the lowest note ( of the 20) being "A".

Thanks very much!


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posted: 12/5/2004 at 4:26:09 PM ET
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Chimes have the same arrangement as piano When you play G, G comes out. You just have a assume the piano is in tune and whatever note you play, that is the right note. Vocally most singers must have a note to begin singing with. That's why when a choir or singer has a acapella piece they need a note from the piano before they start to sing. It gives them a reference point to start from.
There are people who have perfect pitch. This means they can hear a note and identify it or sing any note you wish to hear. This is rare. Very rare. And cannot be learned. You can, with training, learn to improve your relative pitch. Relative pitch is what 95% of the people in the world have. You have the ability to "relate" one pitch to another. I don't have perfect pitch so if someone played a note and asked me what it was, I could not identify it. If , however they played the note and told me what it is. G for example, I could tell other notes they might play by "relating" the new note to G and knowing the intervals, I could tell you what the SECOND note is.

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