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Subject: Re: Pitch
From: Hermine Stover <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Hermine Stover <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:19:15 -0700
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At 09:53 PM 4/23/2017, R PRADA wrote:
>Hi. For your information, because Chinese has tonal related speech, 
>there are a good many more Chinese people with perfect or absolute 
>pitch than there are Americans, for instance.
>Singing on pitch in trained singers is partly a function of support. 
>If they push they go sharp.


Mandarin has four pitches, and Cantonese has NINE. I can hear and 
speak four tones, which my husband cannot distinguish one from 
another and I simply cannot wrap my head and ear around nine tones, 
which some say is only seven, BUT STILL!

herm


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