Am I Tone Deaf?

Well, I’m not. But maybe you’re wondering if you are. There are actually tests you can take online to see if you are or not. Tone deafness, or amusia (or dismelodia. It sounds like I’m making that one up, but it’s legit!), which is the technical name for it, is an inability to distinguish between musical notes. It’s a lack of relative pitch, and this has nothing to do with a lack of music education or training.

I bring this up because there are plenty of people out there who think that just because they don’t have the greatest voice in the world that their tone deaf. So, instead of look into it, they just assume it’s so and forget their dream of becoming a singer.

The truth is that you probably are not tone deaf. Dismelodia (Ha! That name is hysterical to me!) is pretty rare, so please stop using it as an excuse to bury your dreams.

Even if your pitch is a little bit weak, that’s not something that can’t be overcome. The muscles that make up your voice can be worked out and trained, and muscle memory can fill in the gaps wherever you may naturally lack in talent.

In fact, while there are a lot of really good vocal exercises, there is one really good exercise that can help you develop these muscles and allow muscle memory to give you a boost in your singing ability.

The first one is called Sliding. If you have access to an instrument, a guitar or piano or whatever (you can even go online and find sites that have single note tones that you can use for this exercise, if you don’t have access to an instrument) and hit a single note. Let that note register in your head for a minute and then try to hit the note. Wherever you land, whether above it (known as sharp and often notated with a number sign #) or below the note (known as flat and often notated with what looks like a lower case b) slide your voice until you land on the right note and hear the two notes resonating with each other.

I hope this is helpful, and thank you for reading!



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  1. alyssa
    8 years ago

    hi i am a ten year old girl and i want to learn how to sing i sing everywhere but not good help :c

    • Aaron
      7 years ago

      Hi Alyssa! Have you signed up for the 5 day course yet? There are some really great tips in there I think you can use. I have taught people that were your age to people that were 65 and everybody in between. Just remember that everybody can learn to sing, you do not have to be born a natural singer. Some of your favorite singers you hear today were in the same boat as you. We all had to learn.

      Your voice is a muscle that you just need to exercise and strengthen. So try out some of my exercises and keep singing any chance you get!

  2. Vin
    7 years ago

    Hey dude this is very informative. Like your website man. I was thinking I’m not tone deaf, ’cause I play the guitar and I pretty much know how to tune the guitar at the exact note it’s supposed to be tuned. Does that count for something? And i have a really bad voice, maybe not that bad, it just doesn’t sound good. And I really need to work on my vocal range.

    • Aaron Anastasi
      7 years ago


      That counts for a lot, man. It took a while for me to be able to tune my guitar by ear.

      If you really want to improve your voice, I can help you. I’ve got an 8-week intensive, step by step video course called Superior Singing Method, if you’re interested. Here’s where you can find it.

      Best of luck to you!


  3. Nj
    6 years ago

    uhm… err.. I don’t know where to start. >_<

    Anyway, I'm just a 14 year old girl who loves to sing everyday but I don't know how to sing properly so I always end up hurting my throat and straining my voice. I don't know where to start and from my current status right now… I think I'm going to lose my voice :( help pleasee… I really am lost right now. :'(