I recently noticed a talented/professional singer hold her hand up to her ear to (I think) put a finger in her ear. I looked it up and apparently some singers put a finger in one ear to hear their own voice better so they can hit a difficult note better. It sounds like a crutch for sure, but if it's good enough for a Juilliard-trained singer, it's good enough for me.
Now I'm not the best singer and some notes I have trouble hitting consistently. I found that if I do this trick, I can hit the notes with much better accuracy. However, it is very awkward to do with a fiddle in one hand and a bow in the other (and impossible if I'm chording along to my singing), so I'm thinking about putting one earplug in my left ear as it probably needs protection from my fiddle anyway.
Has anyone ever tried this? I'll do the experiment either way, but just wondering if anyone has plugged an ear for this purpose.
I don't think they are actually sticking a finger in their ear. They are usually in a much louder setting than a small band or singing low pitches or quietly, and are directing the sound of their voice into their ear by just cupping their hands up there. Try it, you'll see it makes your voice much louder in your ear.
Putting a single earplug in your left ear won't hurt and will protect your hearing, but it won't help you hear the fiddle. In a band/jam setting it will likely make it harder to hear yourself.
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