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    In retirement from decades of computer design in Silicon valley, I am a 64 year old Astrophysicist, a second career that I do living alone from a cottage in the forest near the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

    I learned a bit of piano as a small child to the level of Minuet 3 from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.

    I loved the classical music my father let me put on his record player. Sometimes I listen to my old favorites, the Bach double violin concerto, the Mendelssohn violin concerto in E minor, the Mozart Clarinet concerto in A and the second movement of Beethoven's 7th while reading full score, to focus my attention.

    I recently bought a nice weighted key Williams Allegro2. I carry an A-440 tuning fork always, and while walking in the forest or driving to the observatory practice Solfage. I understand music theory from the Physicist's point of view, that is "On the Sensation of Tone" by Helmholtz.
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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    Interesting, you mean trying the "Guess Key" drill without the note names in either ABC or DoRaMe, with the screen turned off, just by sound? I will try that later this evening. I'm only getting in ~15 minutes per day, pressure of my research. But that sounds like fun.

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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    2/11/2018
    guess key solfage 1156 8:11

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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    2/10/2018
    Guess by Key ABC 1050 in 8:10 minutes
    Guess by Key Solfage 1009 in 8:37 minutes

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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    Some answers

    you wrote
    "Me Fa you mean?"
    yes, of course

    "faster than I answering your posts"
    Please don't feel that you have to answer my posts quickly.

    "Can you sing C major by one syllable. Ah, Oh, Uh? Do you remember the pattern and inner intervals between the scale degrees?"
    Yes. I know the "sound" of the major key, confidently. I can sing the major and minor scales, thinking do-ra...te-do, or la-te...so,la. I can, slowly, play a major or minor scale starting any where on the keyboard the same way.

    "Imagine... For some reason file came out as fast."
    Yes, it played fast. I put it in the "Beatles" file for later. There is a key change that I didn't understand, so I need to listen to the original while looking at the score.

    "Can you try R1H, L1H and P1H?"
    Will try.

    "The next steps will be playing with TEACHING VIDEOS"
    I wanted to get to practising all the "Favorite Classics 1", but I will look at your teaching videos. I wanted to get a bit farther along before sending you a video. I'm only getting in a 20 minute practice session every second day.

    I have your suggestions how to progress in an earlier email, and the lesson plan on the web site too.

    Thanks for the responses!

    I did read your book, but thought you might be interested in additional reports of perfect pitch in tonal languages, and successes in teaching it.

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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    2/6/2018
    Guess by Key 1286 in 11 minutes
    Musette
    R1 34/37 16; 34/37 5; 35/37 8
    L1 31/33 15; 30/33 13; 32/33 10
    P1 67/70 15; 62/70 18; 65/70 21
    used "s" to listen and follow along reading the scores for the rest of the pieces in the Classical 1 folder, without my hands on the keyboard

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  • davidsaroff replied to the topic 'David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    You asked, are you playing the Guess Key on ABC or Do Re Mi?
    Did you reach sharps and flats?
    I'm playing ABC. Yes by the sixth basket I was doing sharps and flats.

    I will report as directed, thank you.

    Moveable Do makes sense to those of us with relative pitch. For you with absolute pitch it is nonsense. When I practice music by singing as I walk in the forest or drive, I anchor to A-440 with a tuning fork that I always carry. Otherwise there is no knowing what key my ear finds. From A-220 to A-440 is my comfortable range. To sing in minor, I start at the A's with La. To sing in major, I start with Do. I pick out any scale on the piano remembering that Me-So and Te-Do are half steps. I will relearn your way of course, and have both ways to use. I imagine that those of us with relative pitch seem to you like the color blind do to those with normal sight. Do you know that Chinese is spoken in absolute pitch, and that is one of the reasons that many Chinese children develop absolute pitch when they learn piano?
    www.scientificamerican.com/article/speaking-tonal-languages/

    There is also an experimental result from the Tokyo music school successfully developing in children from age 2 to age 6 perfect pitch. It seems that it can be taught to almost everyone, if started young. If you don't know of this, please have a look at their method.
    Ayako Skakibara in "Psychology of Music"
    journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0305735612463948

    Thanks for "Imagine"

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  • davidsaroff created a new topic ' David, 64 years old, started February 3, 2018' in the forum.

    2/3/2018
    guess key school, score 1024 10.5 minutes
    musette R1 three times L1 three times P1 three times P3 three times

    2/4/2018
    guess key school, score 1119 9.5 minutes
    musette R1 three times L1 three times P1 three times P3 three times

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  • davidsaroff created a new topic ' david, age 64, Virginia USA' in the forum.

    1/27/2018 installing software

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  • davidsaroff created a new topic ' david saroff, hello and privet' in the forum.

    In retirement from decades of computer design in Silicon valley, I am a 64 year old Astrophysicist, a second career that I do living alone from a cottage in the forest near the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

    I learned a bit of piano as a small child to the level of Minuet 3 from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.

    I loved the classical music my father let me put on his record player. Sometimes I listen to my old favorites, the Bach double violin concerto, the Mendelson violin concerto in E, the Mozart Clarinet concerto in A and the second movement of Beethoven's 7th while reading full score, to focus my attention.

    I recently bought a nice weighted key Williams Allegro2. I carry an A-440 tuning fork always, and while walking in the forest or driving to the observatory practice Solfage. I understand music theory from the Physicist's point of view, that is "On the Sensation of Tone" by Helmholtz.

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