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Music sounds better in the winter!

Music sounds better in the winter!

You’ve read that right: apparently everything sounds better in the winter, especially in more humid climates (like Virginia, USA, where we live), and here’s why:

When it gets colder, the heating unit in a building turns on or is turned on, like a furnace or a wood stove.  Because of that, the humidity in the indoors drops to a pretty low level, like fifteen to twenty-five percent relative humidity.

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Acoustic environment

Acoustic environment

The place in which you play your instrument is part of the sound of your instrument --- always.

I could go so far as to say that the location where you’re playing is actually part of your instrument, in the sense that the sounds coming out of your instrument are dispersed to, and return from, surfaces that are sonically connected to the instrument.

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Downloads and CDs sound different!

Downloads and CDs sound different!

Did you know that there’s a real digital difference between CDs and downloads?

I’ve talked with quite a few people, including musicians, even including recording artists, who haven’t been told that there’s a difference.  So let me give you some info about it if you want it!

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