Pros: express music better, hear more clearly,for all instruments and levels, gain perfect pitch
Cons: takes time and patience, "trying"(I'll explain this)
Perfect pitch has been thought of as a super human ability limited only to the few priveleged individuals. Many famous musicians have had this ability ranging from pop stars, classical musicians, jazz musicians, rock musicians ect. This ability has caused a lot of fascination because of the benefits that come with having perfect pitch. The benefits range from hearing the key of a piece, hearing pitches and naming them, naming the keynotes of chords, singing desired pitches and enjoying a finer perception of music. Many people say that learning perfect pitch is impossible but the David Lucas Burge has proved other wise.
I am a pianists who is about to graduate with a bachelor degree in piano performance this summer. I found this course in a book and I was so fascinated with being able to acquire perfect pitch, so I ordered the course. During the year of 2002 I acquired this ability in a matter of months. I was able to identify pitches on the piano, hear the key pieces were in, identify chords and express music better. The reason I acquired this ability was because I learned how to "listen". However I still practice identifying tones to continue to strengthen my perfect pitch and I still need to practice on my ability to sing desired pitches out of thin air. Always remember that ear training never ends.
Basically it is important for musicians to hear more clearly because you cannot enjoy music to the fullest extent without a developed ear. Having a good ear will also enable one to get farther in the world of music because the best musicians usually either have a good perfect pitch or relative pitch. Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach were able to do wonders with music because they had perfect pitch.
During the first part of the course Mr. Burge will basically culture your ear so your ear can gradually build up until you acquire perfect pitch. He stresses an individual to listen with ease because when you try to force the ear the ear becomes tired. You have to steer you ear gently. He also talks about becoming "child-like" in ones approach to this course because perfect pitch is a natural ability that cannot be forced. Burge calls this a color hearing course because each note has a different color, or flavor that your ear gradually learns to recognize. This is not an INTELLECTUAL course, this is a natural couse so if you do not have the time to put into this couse then do not buy it. You must also do everything Mr. Burge tells you to do, there are no short cuts to acquiring this ability.
During the 2nd part of this course you begin meditation drills which are the key to acquiring perfect pitch. Basically you listen to a note and let the tone soak and come into your ears. Then you stop playing the tone and imagine it in a non-forceful, gentle way inside of your mind. When you practice all of the tones like this for a period of time you get to the point until where you will notice that you start recognizing these tones. I must stress that when you practice these meditation drills, do not "TRY"!!! What do I mean by this? Well some people who practice the meditation drills try to hurry up and just rip the sound from the note to the ear. You will not acquire perfect pitch like this. One must always listen with ease in a non-forceful way. I would recommend doing these exercises in the morning and do not do anything in the course that Mr. Burn does not tell you to do. Do not use any drugs that will sedate you in order to listen with ease. Listen with ease without drugs, become child-like.
This ability goes beyond technicality and intellectuality into a realm of the natural and that of a child. One will reap the benefits of this ability. Remember that even when you finish the course you still have to practice to continue developing your aural recall(ability to sing desired pitches from your head with no source). Your perfect pitch will continue to develop if you continue to practice the exercises because you will also be able to sense the sharpness or flatness of a tone in a matter of time. You will also be able to ear pitches on other instruments later on if you continue to practice the exercises. Again you have to continue to develop your ear even after you finish the course, ear-training never ends. A wise person who is interested in perfect pitch must take a wise and diligent approach to this course. Do not be in a rush or hurry when doing this course because it will disrupt the training.After you finish the course do not try to hear everything and think you will automatically become like Beethoven. Perfect pitch tells you the color but Relative Pitch helps you understand the architecture of music.
This course is for all musical styles, instruments, and levels. Let me remind you that you must do EVERYTHING in proper sequence that Mr. David Burge tells you to do. Also he has an interesting story to tell you as to how he achieved perfect pitch, make sure you read it. Remember to have the most complete ear, I would also suggest that you study David Lucas Burge's Relative Pitch Super Course for an even better ear.
I wish everyone luck in their musical endeavors and roads to success. Here are 2 key things you must remember:
"You are set free or limited by what you can and cannot hear"-David Lucas Burge
"There are no true shortcuts to personal musically growth, only wise paths"-David Lucas Burge
I believe I wrote this in the Perfect Pitch paperback book section but the course are a set of CDs and paperback book and can be found at www.perfectpitch.com