The Sound of a Pitch Pipe

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #115: The Sound of a Pitch Pipe

For virtually every form of entertainment, there’s a cue that signals the beginning. It may the rev of an engine before a car race, the ring of a bell before a boxing match, the cry of “action!” before a scene is filmed.

While it’s functional—a tuning necessity for most groups—the blow of a pitch pipe is a symbolic kick off to a serious a cappella performances. In addition to giving the group a note, that sound is a trigger—a familiar signal, almost Pavlovian for how it builds anticipation in an audience just as it settles fans into an absolute silence to hear what the performers will sing next.

I love it!