Singers: The Great Vibration Theory, Or Are Singers Really Stupid?

Arturo Toscanini firmly believed that "the vibrations of high notes beating frequently on a singer's brain make him stupid."

It is a notion held secretly or sheepishly by a number of music's leaders, supported by a body of folklore and some medical opinion. According to the theory, the higher the voice, the more stupid the singer — particularly tenors, whose resonant upper register causes more acute brain-beating frequencies.

Basses, baritones and contraltos have more sense because they have fewer vibrations.

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