Something has been on my mind lately, and that is the ability for us humans to sing songs. Particularly, the aspect of being able to think about what note we want to hit and just sing it.
Say I’m singing along with the car radio. I can anticipate the song and hit the next note spot on, just in time and rhythm. I realize there is an element of memorization going on to know what comes next, but that’s not the part the puzzles me. It’s the ability to think of a note and hit it without fishing around for it.
Now I realize some people can’t carry a tune in a bucket. My father falls in that category. However, I did some aptitude testing that indicated I have above average musical abilities in discerning tone, pitch, timing, and pattern. I find this fascinating as I’ve never really excelled at music lessons. I did piano as a child, and then took several years of cello in jr high and high school, but I wasn’t particularly good. I know a big part of the problem was lack of desire to practice, but I also had trouble reading music. I’m not really fluent, and sight-reading is nigh impossible for me.
But I do enjoy singing, especially singing along with the radio. And I sometimes vocalize the musical sections, like guitars wailing.
So I wonder how we can do that? I mean, it takes an effort of configuring your vocal chords as well as your mouth in just the proper shape to get just the sound you want.
I understand a lot of this must rely on our ability to learn to talk at all. Our brains have to be configured during development to make sounds and learn to differentiate the sounds and copy them. I’m assuming there is a lot of practice element in training our brain to recognize different sounds and training our muscles just how to reproduce them.
Still, it baffles me that we can manage to so accurately replicate specific notes, jump around in singing, and hit so many variations.
Anyone else feel this way? Any insight?