Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support

The Vocal Generosity Effect: How Bad Can Your Singing Be?

Sean Hutchins, Catherine Roquet and Isabelle Peretz
Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Vol. 30, No. 2 (December 2012), pp. 147-159
DOI: 10.1525/mp.2012.30.2.147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/mp.2012.30.2.147
Page Count: 14
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Download ($22.00)
  • Cite this Item
If you need an accessible version of this item please contact JSTOR User Support
The Vocal Generosity Effect: How Bad Can Your Singing Be?
Preview not available

Abstract

prior work indicates that listeners may be more likely to call a note in-tune when it is sung than when it is in another timbre. The current study seeks to confirm whether this vocal generosity effect generalizes to melodies. Musicians and nonmusicians listened to pairs of single tones and scale-based melodies performed with the voice or the violin. The final note was varied in how well it was tuned to the prior context, and for each example, listeners judged whether the final note was intune or not. A strong vocal generosity effect was found for musicians and nonmusicians in both melodic and single tone conditions – a higher degree of mistuning was necessary for listeners to decide that sung tones were out-of-tune compared with violin notes. These results confirm the role of timbre in tuning judgments, and help explain why singers are typically less well-tuned than instrumentalists in performance.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
147
    147
  • Thumbnail: Page 
148
    148
  • Thumbnail: Page 
149
    149
  • Thumbnail: Page 
150
    150
  • Thumbnail: Page 
151
    151
  • Thumbnail: Page 
152
    152
  • Thumbnail: Page 
153
    153
  • Thumbnail: Page 
154
    154
  • Thumbnail: Page 
155
    155
  • Thumbnail: Page 
156
    156
  • Thumbnail: Page 
157
    157
  • Thumbnail: Page 
158
    158
  • Thumbnail: Page 
159
    159
  • Thumbnail: Page 
160
    160