Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
CeltArctic Tone Deafness (41) RE: Tone Deafness 28 Jun 06

Scrump mentioned "chord deafness"...I don't play the guitar. For most of my life, I have gotten my starting or key notes from playing a pitch pipe or recorder - a single note. When I sing with my husband, I often can't "hear" the key note if he plays the chord on the guitar. Perhaps with practice I could, but that's just how I learned to hear.

In grades 7 & 8 I sang in a school choir. Our choir teacher was one of those people who believe anyone can sing, a belief I have adopted. I recall one student who really couldn't hear the notes properly. I don't know if she was actually tone deaf, but our choir teacher taught her how to sing on pitch. She placed the student in the front row and gave her a lot of visual cues - a finger pointing up if the student was flat or down if she was sharp - and eventually the student could physically feel the right notes.

These days it makes me angry when someone says, "Oh I can't sing. My choir teacher always had me mouth the words."


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.