Intensity of guitar playing as a function of auditory feedback

Cynthia Johnson, Herbert L. Pick, Sharon R. Garber, Gerald M. Siegel

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Subjects played an electric guitar while auditory feedback was attenuated or amplified at seven sidetone levels varying in 10-dB steps around a comfortable listening level. The sidetone signal was presented in quiet (experiment I) and several levels of white noise (experiment II). Subjects compensated for feedback changes, demonstrating a sidetone amplification as well as a Lombard effect. The similarity of these results to those found previously for speech suggests that guitar playing can be a useful analog for the function of auditory feedback in speech production. Unlike previous findings for speech, the sidetone-amplification effect was not potentiated by masking, consistent with a hypothesis that potentiation in speech is attributable to interference with bone conduction caused by the masking noise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1930-1933
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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