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I play guitar on my own, at open mic nights, and as part of a weekly get-together for guitarists, and as part a reggae band, for fun.


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answered What is this instrument and where can I get one?
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comment Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?
@Gabe audiences like to be overwhelmed. As described, loudness covers up imperfections. Even with earplugs in, a loud bass will whack you in the chest. And, loud music drowns out annoying people who chat through gigs.
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comment Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?
As an audience member I find that singing along feels odd because I can hear my own voice so clearly rather than feeling part of a crowd. Googling around, singers seem to say that earplugs are helpful but take some practice.
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comment Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?
In a small rehearsal room with acoustic drums, and everyone else turned up to match the drummer, it can be loud enough to justify plugs.
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answered Is circular breathing something an oboist needs?
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comment Reducing amplifier sound bleeding into mics in a theater setting
Even if the reason is "unimportant to the question", I'm interested to know what's stopping you taking a DI.
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answered Problem with G string while practicing barre chords
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comment Identifying the key of a song by ear?
You can find plenty of examples where a melody hardly touches the tonic. For example, try the verse of "Putting On The Ritz". The first note is often not the tonic. The tonic is often (but not always) the last note. I'm sure an algorithm could find the tonic, but it would not be a simple algorithm.
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comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
All the products have system requirements on their web sites.
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comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
Maybe free. musicradar.com/news/tech/… . If you don't have a powerful enough PC consider an amp simulating multi-FX pedal instead. On Mac, Garageband does the job.
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comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
Disadvantages: some people think the simulation doesn't sound as good as the real thing. There can be latency issues (but they are fixable). That's about it.