[JPL] Al Di Meola/Hearing

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 23 22:37:47 EDT 2006


Mike, I think in Weckl's case that may be an in ear monitoring system. Besides being a great drummer he's also a tech head. It may also serve as a volume control outlet for him ....where he can dictate how much he needs to hear without the piercing frequencies. If this is the case he may control this system from something that sits next to him near the kit and not relying on an out front sound control person. At times that person can be the most dangerous person in the room to the musicians.  
   
  Jae Sinnett 

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Jae;
Dave Weckyl for years has been playing with what appears to be earlplugs/buds of some sort that are attached to a cord or something similar. I've seen him put them in prior to hitting, and takes them out when he does his stage announcing, and back in to resume playing. His bands have been heavy in electric bass, keyboards & guitars.

I wonder if that's what they are, based on this topic, and if so if they help, or if someone knows the scoop with Dave's setup.

Mike Schwartz/KSJS 


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That's what I suspected with him Russ. The volume. Many of that generation 
suffer from tinnitus. I do myself in my right ear....more than likely from the 
rock I played in the 70's. I know Peter Erskine deals with it....Charlie Haden 
is another although not sure how his came about. Many of the artists that dealt 
with electric instruments do and those that underestimated the frequencies. Some 
think that only the high end causes the damage but the low ends can be just as 
bad. That's one conversation I would love to have with some of the fusion 
musicians from that era.....how they now deal with their hearing in terms of the 
tinnitus. I eat fresh ginger which helps interestingly enough.

This is something I've become very sensitive to over the years. It can happen 
to programmers as well. I know when I come in to do my jazz program....which 
comes on after the alternative music show....the headphones are blasting! I'm 
like damn.....how in the world can this guy hear anything? Programmers shouldn't 
underestimate the importance of quality headphones because they can help in 
cutting down on the dangerous frequencies. It's worth the investment....truly. 

Jae Sinnett 





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