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#1975941 - 10/19/12 08:31 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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For husbands, it's really a mental health issue. It is critical that we have two ears. Without the one for an entrance and the other for exit, all those honey-dos would be trapped.
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#1975995 - 10/19/12 10:32 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: bkw58]
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Originally Posted By: bkw58
For husbands, it's really a mental health issue. It is critical that we have two ears. Without the one for an entrance and the other for exit, all those honey-dos would be trapped.
Ha ha! 'Great!
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#1975997 - 10/19/12 10:38 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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hahaha I love it!!!
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#1976148 - 10/20/12 09:35 AM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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I'm told that much of our perception depends on which nostril we happen to be predominantly breathing through. Always one nostril or the other seems to be blocked or partially blocked. Aparently this alternates nostrils every 4 hours.

Reminds me of a 1950's goon show line; "my eyes arent what they used to be.... ...they used to be my ears".

Man who thought his wife was going deaf .. On advice of a friend decided to test her. While she was facing away from him doing the dishes (it must have been her turn) he stood at the oposite side of the room and asked her what was for dinner..... No reply so he moves to the centre of the room and asks the same question. Again, he heard no reply. Finally he asked the same question standing right behind her and she replied; " I've told you three times, it's chicken"
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#1976153 - 10/20/12 09:44 AM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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Gee, I thought I'd get some smart remarks abouto my "it's womens work comment." hehe, was hoping for it. I used to tease my mother in law about that and oohhhh boy, I really got her good for a while till she figured out I was only kidding but, it's still fun to do! smile

My wife's dad had the same problem but, his hearing really did suck. He would start into a conversation with someone thinking her heard them say something when in fact, what was said had nothing to do with what he started talking about. He always pretended like he knew what was going on or being said and never wore hearing aides. Gee, now that I think about it, that was a great idea. He didn't have to listen to his wife's complaining! smile
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#1976260 - 10/20/12 12:52 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: David Jenson]
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Originally Posted By: David Jenson
Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
I'm an ETD tuner, I don't use my ears. LOL!
I tune by ear, so I have to decide which ear holds the hammer and which one hits the keys. (There. I resisted posting this bit of nonsense for quite some time for fear of somehow looking undignified. As you can see, my dignity has evaporated in one sentence.)


Well some remain, at last ! I like that one !

Tuning outdoors, is less easy for me as there is no return of the sound.

Unison wise, sure the 2 ears are working but something is also felt in the tuning hammer and in the playing finger also.



Edited by Kamin (10/20/12 01:31 PM)
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#1977565 - 10/23/12 12:25 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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I use my left ear for the bas and the right ear for the treble.
Unfortunately it might give a strange kind of dopplereffekt in the middle. laugh

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#1977571 - 10/23/12 12:42 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: pianolive]
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Originally Posted By: pianolive
I use my left ear for the bas and the right ear for the treble.
Unfortunately it might give a strange kind of dopplereffekt in the middle. laugh


Good one,this is funny. The doppler effect would be just like the movie soundtracks.
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#1977574 - 10/23/12 12:51 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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I'm pretty sure both my ears are operating at the highest peak of efficiency, at all times and then some. wink


Edited by Grandpianoman (10/23/12 05:40 PM)

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#1978820 - 10/26/12 09:08 AM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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This is a cerebrum physiology-like opinion.
The right brain controls an image, a picture, intuition, musical sound, an unconscious function,
and the left brain is in charge of a language, a theory, a letter, consciousness.
So we must do piano tuning and voicing by left ear best!

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#1978882 - 10/26/12 12:36 PM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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This has been a very enlightening thread. There certainly is ample evidence to suggest that the left ear does most of the work. (I wonder if there is any connection to this and the fact that most of us read from left to right.) Still, though, when tuning, if I place a plug in my right ear, it is amazing how much I miss. There is good reason why we are blessed with two ears as opposed to one.
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#1979505 - 10/28/12 12:40 AM Re: Which do you use right ear and left ear on tuning ? [Re: A=443]
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Next time you have a chance to get in front of a good dog that will look you straight in the eyes and give you a minute of focused time, try humming a few different pitches of sound (high, medium, low) and watch how the dog will shift his head to pick up the different tones. This is very amusing but seems to only work on a dog with a good attention span!

I find myself similarly tilting my head during my tunings to pick up certain tones/beats.

Kinda funny!
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