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Re: Five string bass
A musician's "ear" is a metaphor for the whole faculty of hearing. Of course
musicians are not able to surpass biological constraints, but training does
develop hearing (if not, all ear training in conservatories is wasted).
Anyway I agree with you that more research in this area would be welcome.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roy Patterson" <rdp1@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Ole Kühl" <kyhl@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 2:52 PM
Subject: Re: [AUDITORY] Five string bass
Ole Kühl wrote:
It is unlikely that it is the ears that are trained. It is more likely to
be the brain, or the use of words to describe perceptions. But to begin
with we need to understand just what it is that trained musicians can do
with low notes that the rest of us can't.
Possibly, musicians with their highly trained ears are simply capable of
hearing more than non-musicians?
Do you really think they can reliably make finer pitch discriminations?
I understand that they think they can, but is it true of the population of
trained musicians? And if it is true, is it a big difference?
If so, someone should try and demonstrate just how much better they are.
Regards Roy P
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