Acoustics changing the way you play
I play fiddle best in the bathroom. To ward off toilet humor jokes I should point out that at the time I made this discovery, I was not sitting on the bog.
I suppose it’s not surprising really as the bathroom is tiled, giving off lots of reverb via early reflections. I know that in a recording studio, singers tend to give a better performance if they have reverb fed back to them via headphones.
Taking this into account, I wonder if people out there consciously modify their playing when taking acoustics into account. Personally I subconsciously raise the volume of my playing when in a crowded pub, but lately I have been thinking that this has a detrimental effect on my playing, especially if I am drowning out other session players.
Not really knowing any other fiddle players, I submit this to the mustard folk… As a fiddle player, do you play better if you purposely reign the volume in? Especially in vast spaces where acoustics are poor? It seems to me that way, but I’m not sure.