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Q. What are the cons of having "Perfect Pitch"?
A. Unaccompanied choirs tend to "go flat" during a performance. The PP person has much stress and difficulty singing out of tune with the rest of the choir, especially while reading notes on paper. The musician with it is somewhat of a "sighted person among a sea of blind". Since there are so few people with this gift, the musician can appear crazy because he or she is the only one in an ensemble that hears everything that happens. This gift cannot be turned off, so every sound, 24 hours a day, becomes a musical event which may torment the musician his or her entire life. To a person without Perfect Pitch, a car passing by is just that. A person with Perfect Pitch hears the same car as cluster of pitches eminating from the tires, car body and wind which triggers memories of songs containing those pitches. However, when performing music he or she may have the ability to create a superior performance. There is also the possibility that the PP person may perform poorly do to sonic distractions in the performance environment. The musician without PP probably is more consistant in performance. The person with "Perfect Pitch" is most effective in an ensemble where every musician has this gift.
Many musicians are driven mad by "Perfect Pitch" because they are too sensitive to live in the present world and may exibit intolerant behavior (Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, etc.)
The PP person can be "thrown off" by wrong notes or chord changes played be other members of an ensemble. For their own survival, PP musicians make sure they only play with the finest musicians.
One person reported having difficulty looking at music in one key and singing in another. With training, many of us have overcome such problems, even "turning off" our absolute pitch if necessary.
Q. What are some of the possibilities?
A. A person with PP often performs solitary feats for entertainment, but will talk about such things only with another perfect pitch person. These things don't help in a musical performance but make the daily life of the PP person unique.