Bedroom level playing, what the heck is that?

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  1. Jim_in_DC

    Jim_in_DC TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Huh?
     
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    My wife in Maine keeps claiming she likes my feedback volume guitar!

    The thing that makes me wonder, is all the guys who marry girls that don't like their loud guitar?
     
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    When I play by myself I like it to be loud enough to move a lil air, but not to wear my ears out.
     
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    Roughly defined as a few decibels below that which someone else finds irritating. Which for me when I was married meant playing a guitar without strings and trying not to breathe.
     
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    I usually play very quietly now, to the extent that I have to turn it up if I decide to sing along ( my voice is quite loud and abrasive though! ) The guitar never gets 'singing' at this volume , I bought the digitech freqout fake feedback pedal to help with this for low volume practice - it is quite fun but not the real thing!

    I did get a telling off from my neighbour a while back for playing cranked through my two marshall 4x12's - but what the hey, - sometimes you've just gotta let it rip! ( I apologised profusely, as I admit that 4 in the morning is not the best of times to do this, but seems a good idea when you're a bit drunk! ):D

    I never need to practice the bass loud though, mostly I'll play the double bass acoustically and it is very rare that I will even plug my electric basses in at home, I save the 'wall of trace elliot' for gigs!
     
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    I share a house with another family that we are good friends with, but our apartments are offset from one another because the house is built on a hill. That being said, their bedrooms are close to us, and I can hear if someone is yelling at the kids.

    When I play my amp, I'll sometimes crank my AC15, and on rare occasions I might even crank my AC30 or Vibrolux Reverb. I try to do this while the neighbours are out, and failing that, I'll try to not play too long, or play something that would get obnoxious.

    I just try to be reasonable and not overdo it, and take the neighbours into consideration.
     
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    I do live out in the sticks. Married 34 years years. The other two don't count. Possible hearing damage from M-16, F4-D Phantoms, A7-D Corsair and of course rock and roll.
     
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    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I can't say it any better than @Ebidis.

    I live in a condo,12 units per building. I don't want to hear my neighbors and one of the best ways to do that is to not make them listen to me. Luckily I live in the front of the building so I can look outside and see who's home
     
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    I share my house with a young lady with autism.
    Loud noises freak her out.
    I play with headphones.
    To me, the whole bedroom amp thing is absurd.
    An overdriven tube amp and pushed speaker can only be duplicated at TV volume by something that is neither of the above.
    A pedal(s) or modeler is the way to do it.
     
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    My EQ/Db meter is cutlery rattling, too..... the house has it's limits...:lol:

    no noise issues here... or neighbours who would bother...

    though, I don't need to play loud without other musos here to join in...;)
     
  11. Ebidis

    Ebidis Friend of Leo's

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    Yes.

    I only use my tube amps on the weekly jam night with the boys. We have a space in the industrial section of town where noise is not an issue.
     
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    Something a metal guitar player might be incapable of doing.
     
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    kookaburra Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks for clarifying your position. Many of us don’t live in the boonies. We have to deal with the fact that people live around us.
     
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  14. telemnemonics

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    I can sympathize with those who can't play loud because of neighbors or a wife.
    But we chose where we live and who we live with!

    Of course some guitar playing really doesn't need volume.
    But guitar playing that needs volume like the kind that all the small amps/ attenuators/ headphone amps etc are made for, that playing needs a place to do it.
    Find a place to play loud if playing loud is part of what you do!

    Just because the market is full of fake loud gizmo's doesn't mean we have to buy them!
    Rent a rehearsal space or garage.
    Find friends who live away from dense areas.
    Soundproof a little in basement or garage.
    Work out a schedule with neighbors and agree to only play loud when they are out.

    The electric guitar is not just an amplified acoustic.
    The speaker drives the strings which creates the complete sound loop.
    You need volume for that to happen.

    Or, you CAN use the electric guitar as if it was just an amplified acoustic too.
    But if your style is the distorted sustaining thing, those little fake boxes are fake.
    Feedback volume cannot be faked!
     
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    What? WHAT? Did you say something?
     
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    I have the same two amps and play pretty much the same way and probly similar volume. When I wanna crank it, I go into a bonus room that shares a wall with the living room and another wall with the master bedroom. I crank my little 5 watt Tweed Champ and that just sounds amazing. Sometimes you need to dime an amp for inspiration, creativity and motivation. It is hard to describe but when an amp is the right volume it puts a smile on your face, you get goose pimples, the hair on the back of your neck stands up. You sound better, your playing improves and you come up with better ideas and phrases.

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  18. loudboy

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    Truth.

    When I was in college, the guys in the next rooms would complain about me playing an unplugged SG late at night.

    Amps are for gigging, or using when you jam with other players.

    Any current modeler and a pair of headphones will get a better driven amp sound at whatever volume you can stand, and not disturb others.
     
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    Depends on a lot of stuff(what's perfect for the stage might not be perfect for your bedroom in the middle of the night when you have cranky wall-to-wall neighbors).
    But what I'll do is I'll answer your question in the topic: "Bedroom level playing, what the heck is that?".

    That's what I would call "home stereo levels".
    If you can have a band rehearsal where the vocalist doesn't need a microphone at all... then you're there.
    This can be achieved thanks to available and affordable digital drum kits.
     
  20. Tim S

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    A volume that doesn’t cause tinnitus. (I was an idiot in my youth and I have a constant reminder of it now)
     
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