Pitch agnostic tune memory - normal or weird?
In a recent discussion somebody expressed difficulties in playing a tune on a whistle which is different to the pitch at which the tune was learned (e.g. playing on a Bb instead of D whistle). The fingers wanted to work it back to the original "correct" pitch.
Another poster seemed to have a strong "muscle memory" in playing tunes - no problem switching whistle but challenged in transposing on the instrument (e.g. moving from G to A on a D whistle).
It never occurred to me that tunes might be "stored" at a given pitch or in a muscle memory of finger movements rather than as a stream of notes relative to a starting note (of any pitch). I don’t read ABC or scores - so perhaps not having these reference points in recalling a tune affects how I process it.
For other whistle players out there… would you "notice" yourself playing a tune on a different key? Or would you struggle to play a piece transposed from the key in which it was learned (muscle memory taking over)?