The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #128145   Message #2866125
Posted By: Backwoodsman
17-Mar-10 - 12:40 PM
Thread Name: Finger in Ear - what's all that about?
Subject: RE: Finger in Ear - what's all that about?
OK Jim, I can understand that! I'm sure you aren't a poseur and I apologise unreservedly if I gave the impression that you are. Pax! :-)

I don't question the validity of the cupped ear per se, and I fully understand its value when used in the noisy situations we've both described, but I do have to question the need for it in unaccompanied singing in a quiet environment where the singer can hear his own voice perfectly clearly without cupping. In those circumstances, it seems to me to be, at best, a delusion on the part of the performer that it's helping to sing in tune or, at worst, simply an affectation.

I guess we'll have to agree to differ on that one. As Charmion said, YMMV.