Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors? ("Alex Galembo, PhD" )

Subject: Can Musicians practice with hearing protectors?
From:    "Alex Galembo, PhD"  <alex(at)SPEECH.KTH.SE>
Date:    Wed, 11 Sep 2002 11:54:34 +0200

Ole Juhl Pedersen wrote: > For possible inclusion in the list: > > Subject: > 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 Alex Galembo -- Alexander Galembo, Ph.D. Visiting researcher Dept. of Speech, Music and Hearing Royal Inst. of Technology Stockholm, Sweden Tel. 46-8-7907856 Fax 46-8-7907854 E-mail: alex(at) WEB:

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