Yesterday, I watched a video clip of my favourite band on YouTube. The video was not the official one, it was assembled by an ordinary person who also changed the singer's voice just a little bit (his voice got higher).

I made a comment about that video: "One of the best songs of this band!".

Someone else made a comment in reply to mine: "Did you notice that he pitched the song up?"

What did that reply mean?

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    Did you look up pitch up? – CowperKettle May 1 '18 at 16:43
  • @CowperKettle I think "up" in that sentence is because he was referring to the video that stays above the comments. – Renato May 1 '18 at 16:59
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    CowperKettle's link has two definitions, and the second one is "To raise the pitch of (a sound)," which is certainly what is being talked about here (the OP said, "his voice got higher"). As someone with some small musical experience, I wouldn't say that I've heard "pitch up" very often, but I would immediately guess that it means "transpose to a higher key." As in, "I could sing this in D, but I'd be more comfortable if we could pitch it up to F or even F#." – Canadian Yankee May 1 '18 at 17:35
  • @CanadianYankee Thank you! Now I got it! "Pitch up" in this context means "to high a note". – Renato May 1 '18 at 18:11
  • pitch up is an oddball phrasal verb that many native speakers (of AmE) would not know the meaning of. – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 1 '18 at 22:19

He altered the pitch to be higher.

It is improper internet grammar.

Edit: I was wrong. To pitch up is actually valid according to Cowper Kettle's comment.

  • CowperKettle has an impressive command of the language, but he's not a native speaker. Trust your instincts. To pitch up is a neologism, as a phrasal verb. As a noun meaning "a tangle, an altercation" (a pitch-up) it is over 100 years old, though that noun is restricted to regional dialect use. – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 1 '18 at 22:28

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