Singing proficiency in the general population.

  title={Singing proficiency in the general population.},
  author={Simone Dalla Bella and J F Gigu{\`e}re and Isabelle Peretz},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={121 2},
Most believe that the ability to carry a tune is unevenly distributed in the general population. To test this claim, we asked occasional singers (n=62) to sing a well-known song in both the laboratory and in a natural setting (experiment 1). Sung performances were judged by peers for proficiency, analyzed for pitch and time accuracy with an acoustic-based method, and compared to professional singing. The peer ratings for the proficiency of occasional singers were normally distributed. Only a… CONTINUE READING
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