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Booli
09-15-2015, 04:23 AM
Hi Folks!

Here in the USA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has an online hearing test called 'Distorted Tunes: Test your sense of pitch'.

Part of the summary is:


"Want to test your own sense of pitch? We've developed an online version of the Distorted Tunes Test, a standardized survey in use for over 50 years. In it, you'll listen to a series of snippets from well-known tunes—some of which have been distorted by changing various notes' pitch. Your task is to pick out the incorrectly played tunes."


I took the test in about 5 mins, which has 26 sound clips that you listen to and rate if the song is played correctly or not.

After completion, the result it gave me was:

"Hearing Test Results

You correctly identified 25 tunes (out of 26) on the Distorted Tunes Test. Congratulations! You have a fine sense of pitch.

Thank you for taking the Distorted Tunes Test. "


Sadly, it does not tell you which one(s) you got wrong.

We discuss topics related to hearing perception here on the forum all this time, so, while not specific to ukulele, it is related to music in general, and if you have trouble recognizing when your playing is off, or your instrument is out of tune, this might shed some light on the source of the problem.

I thought it might be fun to share this link with UU and have folks report back and share their results here.

You can find the test here:

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/tunetest/Pages/Default.aspx

I cannot take credit for discovering this myself, but found it on the Ycombinator 'Hacker News' feed this morning, with relevant discussion here:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10219662

Have Fun! :)


FYI: 'Hacker News' (https://news.ycombinator.com/news) is a real-time news page/site that has topics mostly related to technology and computers, and is NOT a site that hosts or discusses malware or doing evil things to or with computers, just in case you were not aware of it's function, or afraid it was going to kill your browser.

janeray1940
09-15-2015, 04:43 AM
That was interesting - I got 100%, despite there being a couple of melodies that I did not recognize. The ones that sounded wrong seemed obvious to me - perhaps because I fumble-finger-play so many wrong notes on the uke! :)

CactusWren
09-15-2015, 05:32 AM
It also claimed I got one wrong, probably some kind of input error on my part or maybe something wrong with the test design. It actually requires you to have heard all these tunes, and conform to some arbitrary standard. So it's questionable whether missing one or two really says anything at all about your sense of pitch. Another problem with this kind of test is that real music doesn't sound like a MIDI file, the lack of musicality is painful, and even when "right", it sounds wrong.

What I have noticed is that many performers don't _sing_ in pitch, let alone normal non-musicians. If I am singing and going off, I can hear it, and it bothers me. Some people either don't care or don't notice.

RichM
09-15-2015, 05:52 AM
26 out of 26 correct.

I'm not sure this test proves much of anything. I think even people without good pitch discernment can detect when a well-known melody is played wrong. The wrong notes in these songs are not subtle.

LDS714
09-15-2015, 05:55 AM
That was painful, about like a trip to Guitar Center. :D

100% and another reminder of the main reason I don't give lessons.

Booli
09-15-2015, 06:04 AM
That was painful, about like a trip to Guitar Center. :D

100% and another reminder of the main reason I don't give lessons.


LOL. YOU made me laugh


Given the choice of even setting foot in GC again, vs. being trapped on a 4 hr airplane flight with a dozen teething and crying babies, I choose the airplane.

pabrizzer
09-15-2015, 10:35 AM
Got them all correct.

The ones that threw me were the correct pitch ones that did not complete the musical phrase.

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Debby
09-15-2015, 11:30 AM
I got them all correct, too.

jollyboy
09-15-2015, 01:21 PM
You correctly identified 26 tunes (out of 26) on the Distorted Tunes Test. Congratulations! You have a fine sense of pitch.

Thank you for taking the Distorted Tunes Test.

Yay :)

PhilUSAFRet
09-16-2015, 12:53 AM
Fun............I got 100%, which is odd because my hearing isn't anywhere near 100%.

VegasGeorge
09-16-2015, 01:11 AM
Shades of Charles Ives! 26 right for me. But, I liked some of those variations at lot!

mikelz777
09-16-2015, 02:30 AM
I got 26 of 26. The one that gave me the most trouble was #8. I had to listen to it around 6 times before making my choice.

VegasGeorge
09-16-2015, 05:57 AM
I got 26 of 26. The one that gave me the most trouble was #8. I had to listen to it around 6 times before making my choice.

I had to hear it a couple of time too. I think it was the first 5 notes that concerned me. My ear always rebels at the tempered semitone, wanting to hear the notes a wee bit closer together.