I used to be the accompanist for a Soprano who had perfect pitch. I never needed to give her the starting pitch for any solo - she would nail the proper note every time without fail. One is born with perfect pitch - I don't think it can be learned.
I have 'relative' pitch ... meaning I can identify any given note when it is played.
This may be a stupid question but if a Baroque ens wished to perform in a Church is it possible to easily change the pitch of an Organ or would they have to provide their own instrument say a Chamber Organ?
I would like to think that a performance group would bring in a portable organ of sorts.
Altering the pitch of a church or performance hall pipe organ is a time consuming task ... my church organ has only 9 ranks and it takes my tuner 3-4 hours to go through the entire organ. I can visualize many more hours for larger pipe organs.
Most digital instruments can be re-tuned in a matter of minutes. Cameron Carpenter's touring organ has such a control on lower left side of the stop tabs.
Analog organs have tuning controls for each stop and would be akin to tuning a pipe organ.
Thanks, I thought that would be the case but with all those knobs (sorry stops) to play with you never know.
I have seen a few A Capella groups in concert over the last 30 or so years and they all used a tuning fork for pitch at the beginning and if I recall correctly even for each work.
Huh! When I was in bands on the road in the seventies,
when synthesizers came out, I spent a lot of down time with keyboardists,
hitting a note on a keyboard and trying to guess what it was,
and then doing that with a guitar with effects.
Early synths would heat up under the lights and change pitch, oh yeah.
I also used to practice standing there with my guitar, looking away,
and reaching for the fret I wanted.
People who came to see me play guitar were surprised I didn't watch myself,
most of the time. I'd hear people shouting he's not even looking.
Unless I was eating, travelling around, I carrried my guitar around my neck,
playing it while I walked, doing everything Jimi said he did in interviews,
so I could be one with it. I only have one guitar, my instrument.
And I made it myself.
When I got my long hair and long beard shorn a few weeks ago,
I saved the hair, saying I was going to make some paint brushes out of it,
for my artwork, and it grosses a lot of people out.
Oh yeah, I'll be having some for show, if nothing else.
It is interesting how quickly an instrument goes out of tune, at chamber concerts the members of a St Qt will re tune consistently through out the evening, now my flute once it has warmed up requires next to no adjustment.