You can sing it in your head, but not out loud. Why?

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You can sing it in your head, but not out loud. Why?

Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
I'm huge into foreign music, mostly Korean, Japanese, and some Chinese.

I have songs that I've heard a million times over. I can sing them perfectly in my head even though they are in a another language, but when it comes to singing it out loud that's another story. It's like my mouth forgets how to work.

I've be curious to why is that?

I've searched all over the internet and seem to can't find an answer.

Do you guys know?
09/01/2012
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Incendiaire Incendiaire
My hypothesis is that singing in your head just involves the brain replaying a sound that it's already processed, but actually vocalising sounds relies on muscle memory, so if you haven't had practice forming those words in the past then you probably won't be able to do it with ease or any degree of precision in the future.
09/01/2012
Miss Nessa Miss Nessa
Quote:
Originally posted by Incendiaire
My hypothesis is that singing in your head just involves the brain replaying a sound that it's already processed, but actually vocalising sounds relies on muscle memory, so if you haven't had practice forming those words in the past then you ...
Very, very good answer. I didn't think of it that way.
09/01/2012
Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah
That sounds interesting.
09/01/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by Miss Nessa
I'm huge into foreign music, mostly Korean, Japanese, and some Chinese.

I have songs that I've heard a million times over. I can sing them perfectly in my head even though they are in a another language, but when it comes to singing ...
I'm a fan too and that happens to me as well!
09/01/2012
js250 js250
This is yet one more thing I falsely blame on my ADD...but yeah, happens all the time.
09/02/2012
KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
I hate that feeling, like you know it, but your mouth doesn't. xD
Took me ages (alright, a week...but I'm terribly impatient sometimes so it feels longer) to finally learn to sing the Irish national anthem because of that.
If I had to guess, I'd say Incendiaire is spot on.
09/02/2012
G&L G&L
Quote:
Originally posted by Incendiaire
My hypothesis is that singing in your head just involves the brain replaying a sound that it's already processed, but actually vocalising sounds relies on muscle memory, so if you haven't had practice forming those words in the past then you ...
A much better way of putting what I was thinking.
09/03/2012
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