Competing with traffic noise et al.

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Kevin L Benbow
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Competing with traffic noise et al.

Post by Kevin L Benbow » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:52 am

Yesterday I played at the opening of a new art gallery in town. The owner wanted me to play in the parking lot adjacent to a busy street. Right across was an auto mechanic complete with an air wrench! :shock:

She said that she wanted me to be out front as people assembled under a large awning to await the ceremony. I really thought that this was a bad idea. The noise was horrible and the people would not even hear me.

Then the sound man showed up. :wink:

He positioned 5 extremely large speakers around the area where the people were to be seated. I am not sure I remember correctly, but I think he said he had 3000 watts of power. It may have been more.

I plugged in my lowly Kremona pick up and went to it.

My wife and loyal assistant had a look of surprise on her face as did I. From my vantage, I was covering the sound of the traffic. EVERYBODY could hear me, including the people across the street.

I truly enjoyed it. And the gallery is a wonderful new addition to the community.

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Re: Competing with traffic noise et al.

Post by kloeten » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:29 am

Great story! Must feel good indeed to have so much 'power' in your hands. Would like to experience that one day.

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Re: Competing with traffic noise et al.

Post by Rognvald » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:07 pm

Did you play "In A Gadda da Vida?" Playing again . . .Rognvald
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

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Re: Competing with traffic noise et al.

Post by Smudger5150 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:15 pm

Well according to the Crossroads film, Muddy Waters invented electricity, so it stands to reason that you have invented it for the Classical Guitar community!
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