Playing it by ear

Posted by Word Camel on August 07, 2002

In Reply to: Playing it by ear posted by Michael Bauer on August 07, 2002

: Playing it by ear. Any idea where this comes from, or its particular meaning? I searched the achives, but found nothing.

: Thanks,
: Michael

Playing music by ear maybe? Some people, like my father, can listen to music then replay it perfectly from memory - and yet can not read music. The meaning is to proceed without a plan, or figuring out what to do as you go. No clue about the first use or origin, but I'll see if I can find anything