If you were to attend a live concert like that of AC/DC, you will know what a High Voltage band is like. The sound is very loud. Electric guitars, keyboards and mixers are all connected to very powerful amplifiers. We can say every instrument or gadget is electrically “plugged in” and is mega amplified.
When it comes to unplugged music, the stage setting is different. All musicians sit comfortably and just play. You may think that all instruments are unplugged but, in reality, it is electric guitars that are replaced by acoustic guitars and there are no mixers plugged into powerful amps. Small amps are used just to give a little more amplification to the instruments.
You may have seen on television some famous musicians like Curt Cobain of Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton do a session called “unplugged”. All guitars are acoustics.
Watch this video Eric Clapton playing “Tears in Heaven” during the “Eric Clapton Unplugged” session. Eric wrote the song in 1991 with the help of a friend. The song is in memory of his son who died after falling from a fifty stories building.
One main concern about unplugged music is that the players are very flexible and may not play exactly the way the song was recorded using electric guitars. Some effects may be missing making it difficult to play like the original song.
Musicians in an unplugged sessions, they are somehow flexible to improvise or add a solo to fill the gaps. This can make the players nervous while playing because it may happen that the song might not sound the same. If this happens, the song simply becomes the unplugged version.
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