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

    6 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Stop playing or turn it down to minimum levels

    66 vote(s)
    39.1%
  3. Knock on their door and talk about it

    63 vote(s)
    37.3%
  4. Turn up the volume so you can't hear the knocking

    16 vote(s)
    9.5%
  5. Other, will post the best solution on the thread

    18 vote(s)
    10.7%
  1. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Serial killer.
     
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  2. Caleb Cull

    Caleb Cull TDPRI Member

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    Do whatever you can to avoid beef with people you don't know but still have to live near.

    I try to avoid getting to know my neighbours on the offchance I might hate them or they might hate me. Keeping the noise down is only one of the ways I achieve this.
     
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  3. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Afflicted

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    The beautiful thing about your home is you can go to town and not bother anyone. Other than that its pretty hard to justify disturbing your neighbour with noise.
     
  4. Buttered Biskit

    Buttered Biskit Tele-Meister

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    I have been playing for years and haven't had the cops called or any issues. I usually tell them my number if they need to tell me to turn down. And most importantly, DON'T SUCK @ PLAYING GUITAR!
     
  5. Toto'sDad

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    Sometimes trying to control noise can backfire.

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  6. fretWalkr

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    In college I shared an apartment with a keyboard player who had a baby grand piano which he played all the time. One afternoon an irate neighbor came to the door to complain. My friend was a very personable guy and started engaging the neighbor in conversation. He took the complaint very seriously and listened to what the guy had to say. Instead of being distressed and defensive he was calm and concerned. I didn't hear the whole conversion but it seemed like they were friends by the time the guy left. I never saw the neighbor again or heard a complaint and the playing seemed to continue without change. I was really impressed by the way my friend handled the situation and it's has worked for me in many situations. I've even gotten out of traffic tickets that way.

    In your case, I've got to say that playing a 30 watt Bluesbreaker at 2:00 is louder that most people play with a full band these days. Maybe the amp's not maxed out but more than moderate volume IMHO.
     
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