Why do people say play it by ear when it’s clearly “play it for hear”?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because "play it by ear" is the correct phrase.  It means to "wing it" or to do something you learned from example instead of by wrote.  In music, it would mean listening to a tune and then playing it based upon what you heard rather than from sheet music.  In other situations it might mean improvisation rather than planning.

    "So, what were you guys planning for today?"

    "No real plans.  We thought we'd just play it by ear and see what happens."

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  • 1 month ago

    It's NOT play it for "hear" -- it actually IS "play it by ear." What it means is that a piece is played AS IT IS HEARD, not as it is WRITTEN. People who play by ear do not read music. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Because not everyone thinks like you.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    where did you get that idea?

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  • Jay
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Because, grasshopper, it is not 'play it for hear' it IS PLAY IT BY EAR.  That refers to a person's ability to hear a song and then, later play it back exactly as their EAR heard it.

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  • John
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Playing by ear in music means, "I'll just wing it". That's the first time. Lots of people play by ear and the songs get better with practice.

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  • Snezzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In music, this is the approach of playing something you have heard without resorting to written music or perhaps without even practicing beforehand. In business and finance it might mean jumping in and running a new business with little forethought or planning. "Play it by ear" is correct.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Im 56 and never in my life heard anyone say "play it for hear".

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  • 1 month ago

    Either one is acceptable

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