Amplification at Informal Sessions?
I saw a reference in a recent Discussion to an amplified bass guitar being used at a regular weekly session, which I’m assuming was a casual arrangement, i.e. not a gig.
I was wondering how people feel about the thorny subject of amplification at informal sessions. I’m not referring to the overhead microphone(s) used in some noisy venues so that the punters can hear the session from further away, but whether or not you feel that certain instruments should be amplified?
The main instruments I’ve noticed have been keyboards, and occasionally bass guitar. (Note: semi-acoustic bass guitars are rarely loud enough to be heard unamplified at a session). As a guitar (and occasional bouzouki) accompanist myself, I’m quite sensitive to the use of these instruments in informal sessions, so rather than expressing my own view, I’m interested to know what others think.
In particular, I’m wondering how and when the use of amplified instruments is considered acceptable or otherwise, and how do you manage the volume levels on a group basis - as is frequently the case, the amplified volume may increase as the night unfolds…