30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
Day 24: YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT TONE DEAF
People who are less than thrilled with their own singing voices will often say that they’re tone deaf. If you think you’re tone deaf, what you probably have is underdeveloped coordination between your ear and your larynx (voice box). True tone deafness (amusia) is present in less than 5% 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 a difficulty in understanding or reproducing an element of singing; like, rhythms, volume, or tone.
Nota bene: Nashville voice teacher and all-around voice goddess Judy Rodman has a great blog post about this. http://blog.judyrodman.com/2016/05/ear-to-larynx-what-voice-learns-from.html
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.