Countdown to World Voice Day

30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days

Day 24: You're Not Tone-Deaf

You've heard of "hand/eye coordination" right? You know it as the skill that makes catching balls or painting pictures improve over time for people who practice those things. There are other ways your body coordinates sensory stimulus and fine motor skills, and one has to do with singing!

If you think you’re tone-deaf, what you probably have is underdeveloped ear/larynx coordination. True tone-deafness (amusia) is present in less than 1% of people, so you probably don’t have it.


When you hear singing, your brain dissects, analyzes, and reassembles different components of the sound. Singing requires a specific motor response to the analysis of that sound. Your discomfort with your own singing may be from difficulty in understanding or reproducing an element of singing: rhythms, volume, or tone.

TAKEAWAY: It’s unlikely that you can’t sing; it’s more likely that there is an element of singing that’s tripping you up. If you can identify what element of singing isn’t coming naturally to you, you can improve it, and thus your singing.

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