Help! Preferences for tuning
I need guinea pigs for a little experiment that will be written up into a paper for a music psychology class. Basically the idea for the paper grew out of the observation that there are great differences in intonation among Irish fiddle players. There was a study published in 1995 that “confirmed that conception of accurate tuning is determined by musical experience rather than by characteristics of the auditory system.” So for one portion of the paper we wanted to have a lot of data regarding people’s perceptions of intonation, divided into three groups: Irish musicians, classical musicians, and non-musicians. If you want to help, please send an email to my member profile and I’ll send you an mp3 of the exercise. It only takes three minutes to do and involves simply listening to sets of three pitches, do-re-mi, where the third note (mi) is tuned differently in each set. Your job would simply be to reply back and tell me for each one whether it sounds too flat, too sharp, in tune, or you can’t tell. That’s it.
Incidentally the second part of the paper analyzes intonation of thirds in recordings of five well-known fiddlers: Paddy Glackin, Brendan Mulvihill, Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, and Martin Hayes. it’s taken a lot of technological and mathematical wizardry to get it accurate, but the results so far are very interesting. I’d love to hear any and all opinions relating to this topic and particularly anything relating to the intonation of the five players mentioned above. Thanks for all responses! And I would be really grateful if even a few people are willing to do the little exercise. It literally takes only 2 minutes 50 seconds!