I have absolute (perfect) pitch. Even as a small child I was able to pick out a harmony to a song and sing along with it, or sing it alone, with or without accompaniment. When I was five years old, my favorite music was by The McGuire Sisters, a trio in the 1950s who sang tight 3-part harmonies. Even then, I would take turns singing along with each part. I’m not telling you this to brag. One cannot brag about something that one was born with.
Lynette was just giving a voice lesson in the living room. This pupil couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it. What I want to know is:
- Why do some people have an “ear” and others don’t.
- What the hell is an “ear” anyway? I mean biologically. What causes some to have it, and others not to?
- If you can’t sing, what is it you hear when you try to sing?
- When you sing along with a melody, what keeps you from hitting the correct notes?
- Do people who have no “ear” know that they're not hitting the notes?