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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    Michael was very good with vocals. he had a wide range of vocals. do I think he always had them? from looking at his early stuff from when he was a kid. i would say yeah. but i think as he got older that pitch fade a bit.

    like others said, some people are just born with that pitch. and in my opinion Michael had it until he got older. I say by the dangerous and history era that was when his pitch got lower. especially during the invincible era.



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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    Michael was very good with vocals. he had a wide range of vocals. do I think he always had them? from looking at his early stuff from when he was a kid. i would say yeah. but i think as he got older that pitch fade a bit.

    like others said, some people are just born with that pitch. and in my opinion Michael had it until he got older. I say by the dangerous and history era that was when his pitch got lower. especially during the invincible era.
    There has been a little slight misunderstanding NatureCriminal7896. We are not talking about his vocal range. His vocal range decreased as he got older which is very natural phenomenon that happens to a lot of musicians. Where talking about a rare ability called "Absolute Pitch", often called Perfect pitch. It is a rare ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference note.

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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    Keep the faith has nothing to do with perfect pitch. The key was just too high for him which caused his voice to break in some parts. If he sung keep the faith during the Thriller Era he would have been able to hit those notes effortlessly.
    I don’t know that other Motown song you’re talking about.
    You're right. I've mixed it up with the keys. My bad, sorry.





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    The day had come for Michael to put the lead on 'Keep the Faith,' he sang the first and second verses, and then he disappeared. It was very unlike Michael. I found him standing in the corner of his office crying his eyes out. He was absolutely heartbroken, cut to the quick. I told him, 'Michael, it's not that big a deal, I'll just record it in the other key.' We'd tried two keys and, unfortunately, picked the wrong one. He was really upset. I told him, 'Michael, we've got to face this right now.' I called the synth player and programmer. I felt we had to get the right key and get Michael to face it before it turned into something ugly. I thought we'd have a major, major problem, I was visualizing headlines. I told him, 'Pull yourself together, face this now.' And it was late. I said, 'We're not going home until you've sung this all the way through. Then we'll go home and be able to sleep and continue.' That was scary. But he did it. He pulled himself together. We went in the studio, cut a whole new demo and recorded a scratch vocal all way through. A situation like that could have been a real block. We didn't leave studio till dawn.

    - Bruce Swedien, January 1992
    Michael himself was an enormous talent as a kid not yet in his teens, and I say this because the song [Label Me Love] I recorded with him I found to be in a tad too high a key. Initially, Mike had a problem adjusting his voice to the track but he figured a way to sing the lead without any changes to the key or the overall track. I was amazed at his natural ability to make it work, regardless of the circumstance.

    - Clay McMurray, July 2009

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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    There has been a little slight misunderstanding NatureCriminal7896. We are not talking about his vocal range. His vocal range decreased as he got older which is very natural phenomenon that happens to a lot of musicians. Where talking about a rare ability called "Absolute Pitch", often called Perfect pitch. It is a rare ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference note.
    oh. i'm not good with music.



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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    I'll ask the inevitable question. Has "label me love" been leaked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    oh. i'm not good with music.
    That makes two of us, even when explained I still have no clue what the guys are talking about :-D
    Singing songs in different keys? say what? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JichaelMackson View Post
    That makes two of us, even when explained I still have no clue what the guys are talking about :-D
    Singing songs in different keys? say what? lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by JichaelMackson View Post
    I'll ask the inevitable question. Has "label me love" been leaked?
    It was released on Come and Get it : the rare pearls : https://youtu.be/PUKhi4AaKUo


    or maybe you're talking about the demo evoked by Clay McMurray, which in this case isn't available

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael555 View Post
    I think it was released on Come and Get it : the rare pearls ? or maybe you're talking about the demo evoked by Clay McMurray, which in this case isn't available
    wow thanks for pointing me out to that compilation, I literally haven't heard anything yet on that album!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JichaelMackson View Post
    wow thanks for pointing me out to that compilation, I literally haven't heard anything yet on that album!
    You're welcome ! Some songs are nice on it, Making Life Easier for You for instance could have been a hit

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureCriminal7896 View Post
    oh. i'm not good with music.
    No it's no problem at all. Music theory jargon can get a bit too much at times hehe.

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    Default Re: Did Michael have Perfect Pitch?

    I'm no good with music period. but most people say i have good taste when listening to music.



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    Found this in the September 1972 issue of Black Stars magazine, page 33:

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