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No, no.. Not the people who like your music. Those are a good thing.
I'm talking about the fans in computers, air conditioners, furnaces. Especially when I'm playing unplugged electric (which is pretty quiet), some fans have a pitch and it can throw off my pitch sense a bit sometimes.
Like when the CPU cooler in my desktop kicks into high gear, it is an F that is about 5 Hz flat. If I'm not careful, I'll find myself flatting the F when I play to not be out of tune with the computer fan. Which, unfortunately, isn't actually tuned at a musical pitch, so my intonation can go out of whack for a bit.
Why can't they just put fine tuners on all noise producing appliances, out of consideration for us musicians? LOL
Does anyone else ever run into this problem?
One of my solutions (other than getting away from non-musical appliances and fans) is to put on headphones playing a reference pitch at low volume, so I have something that is in tune to focus on.
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Hahhaha nope, just you. Eh, consider yourself special lol.
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Ok, so I'm a weirdo on this situation..
LOL That doesn't surprise me, but I figured I'd check. LOL
When I read your topic "annoying fans" I thought, ok are the fans (people) annoying you while you play? or is your playing annoying the fans??? (I think that's what my playing does!)
The only time a fan bothers me is if I'm trying to record straight into my computer... the darn thing always choose that time to make some weird fan... or who knows what...sound. Otherwise I think I make so much racket myself I don't hear the outside sounds.
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Well, I found a work-around or solution.
Days have been hot lately, so I put a twin window fan in. Which is even louder, and is just a bit flat (about 2 Hz) from an E..
So the solution? Tune to A 438 for the summer. Then the "out of tune" fan becomes a nice practice drone generator! LOL I'm not a "perfect pitch" person, I have a decent "relative pitch". So alternate tunings are something I can get used to quick enough, and tuning down a tiny bit doesn't put any strain on the instruments.
It was only actually being a problem when playing unplugged electric, anyway. Acoustic and most other instruments are plenty loud enough for a fan in the background to not be an issue. But unplugged electric violin is rather quiet, and sometimes can be hard to make out even over everyday household sounds.
Most modern computer fans are pretty quiet these days. For example in my newest 64 bit quad core machine I can barely hear the fan at all. Now, my old 32 bit single core Dell desktop machine is another story. During the winter the fan runs quiet but during the summer months when it's running hot it's quite noisy. either way it doesn't seem to affect my playing. In summer often practice with the air conditioner running, a fan running, and a movie to tv show in the background. I just seem to be able to shut them out and hear only my music.
Reminds me of an advertisement for air conditioners from back in the 1970's. Their pitch was how quiet their air conditioners run. it featured the late Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops. He was playing his piano and I remember his saying, "I don't want to hear my air conditioning, I want to hear my music."
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