Bad Singer

Bad Singer

The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music

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Author 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.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781770894457
Characteristics: 325 pages ;,23 cm


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Jul 27, 2016

"Bad singer: The surprising science of tone deafness and how we hear music" by Tim Falconer was great. I had no idea people studied tone deafness. I loved how Tim Falconer with great enthusiasm attempts to learn how to sing. All the music teachers he sees say it can be done. Apparently they haven't really met someone like him. A tone deaf person. Good science writing.

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