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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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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.
1d
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.
1d
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.
Jul
17
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.
Jul
14
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.
Jul
13
comment How do I connect my musical instrument to a computer?
All the products have system requirements on their web sites.
Jul
13
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.
Jul
13
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.
Jul
13
comment How do I use my computer as an amp and effects processor
Some people think real amps sound better, but this is subjective. If you already have a computer, using something like Guitar Rig is much cheaper than a real amp. Real amps are loud. Most of the amps simulator apps, like Guitar Rig, also simulate effects like delay, phaser, chorus etc.
Jul
12
comment Intended shift of meter in certain songs?
Rose Royce - Car Wash.
Jul
12
comment What way am I supposed to practice/learn scales?
It's tagged "piano".
Jul
10
comment Why is the melody sometimes played a half tone higher a few last times?
... especially if the singers start on stools and all stand up as the key-change kicks in.
Jul
9
comment How to keep the tempo still stable?
I don't think "buy a metronome" is useful without guidance on what to do with it. You could end up able to keep time with a metronome, but unable to maintain a tempo without that crutch.
Jul
8
comment What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?
+1 for everything, but especially for using the word "pseudoscience"
Jul
3
comment In live performance, what is a “monitor”
@Tim I suppose there are some reasons to be very loud on stage -- some guitar amps only produce the desired tone at high volume (ZZ Top put an amp in a soundproof box, with a mic). If you're trying to produce guitar feedback, you need loudness.
Jul
3
comment Why are speakers howling when a microphone comes in front of the speaker boxes?
Good question @PraveenJames -- I made it a Q&A here: music.stackexchange.com/questions/20697/…
Jul
2
comment Tips for a New Teacher
Consider D, G, A -- with the one-fingered version of G.
Jul
2
comment What are the advantages of learning to play on your own versus learning from a teacher?
Never had lessons - but I've been playing 20 years and I'm still not all that good. I'm certain if I'd had a teacher I'd have improved 10 times faster.
Jul
2
comment Using two microphones for vocals
@tim probably hit the 'phase' button on the mixing desk, which has the same effect.
Jul
2
comment Using two microphones for vocals
@tim vaguely I suppose. Although the mic equivalent of the humbucker is the balanced cable. It's more like the stage version of noise-cancelling headphones.