Author: SL Lee
Date: 06-25-07 00:59
A new study concludes that young musicians who speak Mandarin Chinese can learn to identify isolated musical notes much better than English speakers can. Fewer than one American in 10,000 has absolute pitch, which means they can identify or produce a note without reference to any other note. Also called perfect pitch, this skill requires distinguishing sounds that differ by just 6 percent in frequency.
Better still, if you speak Cantonese, there are 9 tones! :)
Cantonese opera are merely poems with the words changed into melodic movement.