Friday, June 27, 2008

Which one are you?

"Despite the hilarity of early-season "American Idol" episodes, nearly everyone can carry a tune, new research shows.

Of those who can't, there are two types — those that know they sound bad and those that think they sound fine.

In a series of studies...researchers found that more than 90 percent of the participants could sing in tune. And almost 100 percent nailed each melody's timing...Among out-of-tune singers...there are two categories of people...The majority is tone deaf; they can't hear when a note is off and have no idea they are singing poorly. But there are also lousy singers with great hearing ability — those who can accurately say whether an instrument is properly tuned or a sung note is off-key. These squawkers know they are singing badly but, for some unknown reason, cannot correct themselves. They are, in a sense, tone mute."
I can tell you which type always seems to sit right behind me at shows...Click here for the full article.