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Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
- To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
- From: "Alex Galembo, PhD" <alex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:54:34 +0200
- Delivery-date: Wed Sep 11 06:35:45 2002
- Organization: Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing, Royal Institute of Technology. SE 10044 Stockholm, Sweden
- Reply-to: "Alex Galembo, PhD" <alex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Sender: AUDITORY Research in Auditory Perception <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Ole Juhl Pedersen wrote:
> For possible inclusion in the list:
> Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
Generally - it sounds senseless.
The music performer's feel and action are based on real time control of
dynamical feedback from the instrument, via both kinesthetic and
auditory perceptual channels. A performer permanently compares his
physical efforts with the tonal result produced and makes corrections to
achieve the musical result desired. If to modify, change the sound in
this chain, the performer will loose a proper and detailed information
about the musical result of playing, and will not be able to correct his
playing efforts properly.
In most of industry, where, unlike in music, the sound is not a main
aim, object and result of the activity, just an undesired consequence,
harmful hindrance, hearing protectors might be of use.
In musical practicing it also can be, say in learning playing
mechanically (using a "silent" keyboard, for example), but it is not a
real music playing, just training of muscles.
Read for more details
Alexander Galembo, Ph.D.
Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing
Royal Inst. of Technology