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Oriental musical penchants (was: Re: R: Re: R: Re: R: Re: R: Re: )

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 26, 2000, 6:07
From: "Mangiat"

> D. Koller wrote:
> > From: "Thomas R. Wier"
> > > Indeed, > > > analogously, people who speak languages which employ tonal phonemic > > > contrasts essentially all have perfect pitch.
> > You apparently have not endured an evening in a Chinese karaoke parlor.
> I think I have to agree with you, Kou. You see, one of my many activities
> studying piano at my town's Conservatory. There are many foreign students
> well, 90% Chinese-japanese-Korean. My teacher says they'll never learn
> is Music : )
Jokingly or no, this is certainly *not* what I meant to imply. A bit culturally imperious for my blood, as is this:
> I heard a similar compliant from a Chinese music scholar about > the class of eager Americans wanting to learn Chinese 7-string zither
> music... > "They have no sensitivity... no sense of "flowing"..." etc.
I think both the East and the West have enough gifted musicians between them to make the "teacher's" and the "scholar's" claims ludicrous and unproductive. What I was kvetching about was the notion that "people who speak [tonal] languages...[essentially] *all* have perfect pitch", and despite some interesting arguments about brain hemispheres by someone in a later post, I'm still quite skeptical. Perhaps I'm working under a different assumption as to what constitutes "perfect pitch". Kou