I’d just designed learning programmed based on aural training and was thinking about how to teach a person who does not have perfect pitch on how to recognize intervals and chords. I’d really had to think about this, because for me, it’s as simple as knowing the notes that make up a chord, knowing how a major minor or diminished chord is composed and then knowing what the chord is. It’s a logical thing for me. So how to teach someone who can’t tell what the notes are is something that’ll be interesting to try during my teaching.
I know that each chord has it’s own colour or sound to it. Major short are sharp and happy and bright, quite bouncy. Minor chords sound heavy, sad, and diminished chords sound incomplete and incomplete. Intervals are similar in some ways. A perfect fifth or octave sounds quite hollow and naked like there should be more. a major third sounds really close and pleasing to the ear, and major sixth sounds pleasing but more spread out. Also, intervals can be worked out from the chromatic scale, but unless you know the notes, that could be hard to work out.
For me though, it’s a highly logical process but I do use the above without even I think.
On another note, I’d discovered that a modern piano isn’t really my thing. I can get by if I need too, and I can play hymns etc in that style, and probably work out a modern Christian song if I needed. But creating and improving in that context just isn’t me. It’s too lose for me, I need structure. Also, as far as emotions go, I am more in tune with classical music, such as Bach and Beethoven.