Dealing with Noise Complaining Neighbors

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cheap Trills, Jan 20, 2020.

How would you handle the knocking on the wall during your practice at 2pm?

  1. Keep playing and let them complain to the landlord

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  2. Stop playing or turn it down to minimum levels

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  3. Knock on their door and talk about it

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  4. Turn up the volume so you can't hear the knocking

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  5. Other, will post the best solution on the thread

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  1. Cheap Trills

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    It's 2pm in the afternoon. I live in an apartment building with thick walls, but y'know, some sound still leaks through. I playing a G&L ASAT into my Marshall Bluesbreaker '62 Re-issue, some solo blues and jazz stuff, nothing overly heavy... and at what I think are moderate levels -- about 2 o'clock on the amp with my volume rolled back a bit. It's a loud amp and loud guitar, but I'm running at relatively low levels.

    The neighbor starts knocking on their wall. I roll the volume down slightly and continue playing. The neighbor starts knocking repeatedly for like a minute, continued well after I've stopped playing. After the knocking subsides, I start playing again until they knock angrily on the wall with what sounds like a broomstick.

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle this situation. I'm considering a few options --
    - just keep playing until they complain to the landlord and hope she says "it's 2pm in the afternoon",
    - stop playing (which is what I've done out of politeness)
    - knock on their door and ask if they have a baby sleeping or something (which I know they don't).
    - turn up the volume so I don't hear the complaining (part of me wants to, but it's just not my nature)

    Before anyone brings it up, yes, I've considered that it's not a volume issue and my playing is just that bad; which, okay, definitely possible, but that's why I need to practice.

    How would you handle this situation?
     
  2. urbandefault

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    I suffered through years of loud, inconsiderate neighbors in several different locations. Complaining rarely helped.

    Be the good guy and practice with headphones. Even if nobody ever thanks you, you're buying karma points. ;)
     
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    Use headphones or have a talk with the complaining neighbor and sort out something that works for both of you.
     
  4. Euphonica

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    2p is crazy for a normal person, maybe your neighbor is not normal.

    9p is my cut off during the week and that’s a full super loud band!
     
  5. FMA

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    Yeah, work it out. No reason to antagonize neighbors. My band rehearses at my house and during the summer, with the windows open, the sound goes out into the neighborhood. My neighbor across the street said he likes to sit out front and listen to us when we rehearse. I invited him over, and not just because he's a pretty accomplished home brewer, but he does bring beer and that's always welcome.
     
  6. BigDaddyLH

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    Does the knocking speed up? Maybe he's a drummer and wants to jam!
     
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  7. muchxs

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    Two words:

    Rehearsal studio.

    Be part of the NYC music ecosystem. Even if you never play out find yourself a rehearsal space and a band to rehearse with.

    Otherwise, get a tiny amp and some headphones.


    When I worked in NYC I found it quite remarkable that you could pack that many angry people in a relatively tight space.
     
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  8. GoldDeluxe5E3

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    It dawns on me that you're misinterpreting the knocking. Your neighbor is obviously a drummer. You just need to jam with the beat he's giving you.
     
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    Headphones is/are the answer.

    Maybe your neighbour works shifts?
     
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    Yeah who knows. Maybe they work nights and 2pm is when they'd really like to be asleep. Maybe they'd have a time of day where they don't care how loud you are.
     
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    (coffee spit :lol:)
     
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    Your Marshall Bluesbreaker '62 Re-issue even at moderate levels is probably peeling the paint off your neighbors walls ;)
    Give them a break and use headphones - this way you can practice without the thought of annoying someone always in the back of your mind. It will be a better practice.
     
  13. bgmacaw

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    Tube amps and cranky neighbors don't mix.
     
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    I agree with the recommendations to use headphones, and the ones to talk to your neighbor about it, see if something can be worked out.
     
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    Check your lease, there’s probably something about noise in there. I agree with the headphones suggestions. Nobody wants a noisy neighbor.
     
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    Perhaps your neighbor works night shift and is trying to sleep in the afternoon. I would suggest headphones as well. If the neighbor is approachable, perhaps a conversation to better understand their specific concern...but until then, headphones seem an obvious solution.

    I sure do understand wanting to practice with the amp and the native speaker.
     
  17. dented

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    I imagine using headphones is your best bet for the time being until you talk to the neighbor. Ask politely why they are knocking on the wall. Ask if there is a better time. Depending on their answers will continue to a solution. If they just don't like your music suggest headphones for them and explain this is preparing you for your job. You are entitled to make noise at home, what do they do about crying children? Arguing neighbors? Loud TV, loud sex? Housework? Maybe ask other neighbors also, they might have an ill person in the house that just can't take noise. You will find your solution. Me? I would move to a place where making noise is not a problem. Best of luck.
     
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  18. Bones

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    I think it's on the neighbor that thinks 2 p.m. is quiet time. If they work shifts, it's on them to protect themselves, not expect the rest of the world to adjust to their schedule.
     
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    The OP in in Brooklyn. I don't know if he can move to Plattsburgh.
     
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    Yeah, headphones...it will still be just as loud for you. I would still talk to them about it though, communication can go along way toward resolution.
     
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