DailyDirt: Incredible Skills

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

They say that to master a particular skill or discipline takes about 10,000 hours of practice. Talent bred in the bone plays a role as well, whether it's physical build or one of those strange genetic quirks like absolute pitch, and there's a long list of other factors that shape a person's abilities. But there's one distinct commonality: when a person is truly great at something, we love to watch them do it (even if their talent occasionally makes us burn with jealousy, too). Here are a few links about people who can do incredible things:

If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Rich Kulawiec, May 27th, 2014 @ 5:52pm

    Notably missing from that list of vocalists

    Annie Haslam (of Renaissance) who not only STILL has incredible range, but -- unlike Mariah Carey, for example -- knows what to do with it.

    And the late Minnie Riperton (of Rotary Connection and others) also had an amazing range; unfortunately she never got the chance to fully explore that talent.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. icon
    JoeCool (profile), May 27th, 2014 @ 7:40pm

    Re: Notably missing from that list of vocalists

    Where the hell is Brad Delp - perhaps the greastest male rock voice EVER??

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 27th, 2014 @ 9:20pm


    I wouldn't have thought that David Bowie's range was wider than Robert Plant's or Freddie Mercury's.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), May 28th, 2014 @ 5:10am

    10000 hours.

    Slightly off-topic, but the 10000 hours thing is greatly exaggered. The "they" in "they say" is simply Malcolm Gladwell, who misinterpreted a very narrowly focused study on violin players (which not only had a small sample size, but also had tremendous variability, showing both that some people needed many fewer hours and some people had 10,000 hours to no real greatness).

    There was a great debunking of it here: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2013/09/david_epstein_o.html

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 28th, 2014 @ 5:44am

    Re: Notably missing from that list of vocalists

    Pretty silly that Joni Mitchell isn't included, during her early career she was known for having an unusually wide vocal range.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. icon
    FauxReal (profile), May 28th, 2014 @ 6:18pm

    The list has been amended to include other singers. Mike Patton comes out on top. Please ignore the hyperbolic title of greatest singer of all time as this is just a ranking of vocal ranges. It was taken from released recordings. Some of these singers may have larger ranges and there are likely really bad singers that have great vocal ranges that we will never know about. Still no Minnie Riperton.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7. icon
    JoeCool (profile), May 29th, 2014 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re:

    Still no Brad Delp, which is too bad since he could actually hit those high notes with his normal voice, not singing through his nose in a falsetto like most of the male singers on the list (Axel in particular).

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Hide this ad »
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Chat
Hide this ad »
Recent Stories
Advertisement - Amazon Prime Music
Hide this ad »


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.