Is there such a thing as a tone deaf musician?
Have you ever encountered a musician who is a virtuoso on their instrument, seriously impresses you with their musicality, and then when an opportunity comes to sing something… they sheepishly tell you that they’re tone deaf?
To many people this would seem a complete mystery.
How could someone who’s so good at music claim to be tone deaf?
The answer is: there are two definitions of tone deaf and neither of them is very clear.
Let’s look at what we actually mean by the phrase “tone deaf”.