Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music by Tim FalconerAuthor and journalist Tim Falconer — a self-confessed “bad singer” — is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia, ie: he is scientifically tone-deaf.
Bad Singer chronicles his quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and to search for ways to retrain the adult brain. He is tested by numerous scientists who are as fascinated with him as he is with them. He also investigates why we love music and deconstructs what we are really hearing when we listen to it. Throughout this journey of scientific and psychological discovery, he puts theory to practice by taking voice and breathing lessons with a voice coach in order to achieve his personal goal: a public display of his singing abilities.
A work of scientific discovery, musicology, and personal odyssey, Bad Singer is a fascinating, insightful, and highly entertaining account from an award-winning journalist and author.
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When a deaf singer gets death threats from other deaf people, something’s wrong
These are external links and will open in a new window. Deaf singer Mandy Harvey made headlines around the world after being put straight through to the finals of America's Got Talent. But when she first took to the stage, she received death threats from within the deaf community for promoting a "hearing" activity. Barefoot and nervous, she had overcome a series of traumas to get there. Oralism is the name given to the practice of educating deaf people to use speech and lip-reading rather than sign language.
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I had a lovely voice and felt confident about my singing, but I noticed that if I didn't sit at the front in lectures, I would struggle to hear initial consonants. The opera group was run by a professor in the department of audiology, so I asked him to give me a hearing test., Many deaf children and young people enjoy singing and are able to sing in tune. There are many ways you can support a deaf child to take part.
In order to pitch accurately 3 skills are needed. Think of these skills as being like the legs of a stool, which is held steadily by them. Like the legs of a stool these three skills will provide stability and there will be no collapse. The earlier that these 3 skills musical memory, muscular memory and confidence are learned, the better the person develops as a singer. Absolute tone deafness is relatively rare and if a person is willing to learn to practise and learn the right technical skills of posture, breathing and vocalising, they will make progress.
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