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Thursday, April 19, 2007

I've got skillz

So, Joel and I were playing around on the internet the other night (remember how I told you it was a time waster?) and discovered these little music tests.

Being musicians, of course we couldn't pass them up. Very interesting.

First test we took was the "Tone deafness Test" You hear a musical phrase, then you hear it again. You need to decide if the second phrase stayed the same or if it was slightly changed from the first. The little blurb up at the top says, "Even excellent musicians rarely get above 80% correct..." but I scored 86.7%. I am officially not tone deaf. And I am officially an "excellent musician." And, I officially scored higher than Joel on this one, and that's all I'll say about that.

The second test is the "Rhythm deafness Test" Very similar to the first one, except you are listening to drum riffs instead of musical phrases. I felt it was much harder, and sure enough, I only scored 72% on this particular test. Joel scored exactly the same, although we missed different questions. What can I say? We are not percussionists.

Finally, we took the "Pitch deafness Test" In this test, you hear two pitches and you need to decide if the second pitch was higher or lower than the first. Seems easy enough, except they keep putting the pitches closer and closer together (I'm talking microtones here, people) until you are just not sure about it. I have always known I don't have the best ear for this kind of thing, and it has been my struggle as a musician. I have had a severe high frequency hearing loss in my left ear pretty much my whole life, so it makes it really difficult for me. With that it mind, I thought I did pretty well. I scored 1.5 HZ, which is in the 85th percentile. Mr. practically perfect pitch Joel, on the other hand, scored something like .0325 HZ, which is basically amazing.

So, my musical friends (and non-musical friends, too), have some fun wasting a little time on the internet and see just how great your ear is.

It's fun, so it's not a total waste....right?

And post your scores here...I totally want to see. :)


  1. I SO don't have time to do this right now, but I can't resist!

    Tone: 88.9
    Rhythm: 76
    Pitch: 1.1

    Eh, not too surprised about the rhythm! That was hard!

  2. I'm musically challenged.. but I'll try and let you know what I got.. NO laughing though... PROMISE???? Ü

  3. Do I really have to tell you??? LOL LOL..
    The first one I messed up.. didn't realize there was a second sound... so I was just hitting the buttos.. har har.. 52.8%
    Second.. I have NO EXCUSE... ha ha
    and the third... I kept hitting the high or lower button to fast.. duh!!! 5.1
    Now I shall hide my head in shame... Praise God my song can sing!! LOL LOL

  4. And I'm sure your skillz are sa-weet! I'll have to play around with those quizzes when I have a bit of time. ..

  5. hmmm- I only took the first test and did alright with 83.3%. Guess all those piano and voice lessons along with years in choir taught me something! Fun!