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. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    3,636
    Joined:
    May 20, 2017
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I have a neighbor over the room where I practice. My wife in a home office. I’m not really into rules but courtesy still applies. I don’t play at a volume I can’t sing over without a mic unless she’s out of the house. If it gets loud she either closes the door or calls me on my cell phone, usually because she thinks I’m singing too loud. In my mind, I’m not too loud if I can hear the phone ring. Still, there’s more than one reason for the volume control on the guitar and I can always work on modulating my voice. If I can come to agreement with someone inside the same house, courtesy and compromise should lead to resolution of the conflict with a neighbor.
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  2. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,093
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    NY
    Simple. Talk to them. It's your NEIGHBOR...so be a good neighbor and communicate. Once you determine the specifics you can work on a solution. (Specifics, i.e., maybe they work at night and sleep during the day, new baby, etc.)
     
  3. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    4,864
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2006
    Location:
    A steel guitar engagment.
    Open a window toward the street and face the amp outward. Or move out of that overcrowded human sized Habitrail that is NYC.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. Chick-N-Picker

    Chick-N-Picker Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    26
    Posts:
    2,153
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I would go talk to them very nicely. Ask if there is times that work well for them, etc, etc. Tell them your understanding and can get a smaller amp to try to reduce noise but sometimes through the week you want to be able to play a little louder. Maybe a few hours total just to get it out of your system and the rest of the time you'll play your newly aquired smaller princeton reverb haha.

    If they are just jerks and you'll know if they are. Then buy a twin reverb and turn it to 11 and blow the wall down. Look at them and say I guess we live together now.
     
    Cheap Trills and Greggorios like this.
  5. jman72

    jman72 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,424
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2013
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I lived in apartments for many years, and my answer was always practicing with headphones. I always hated lousy neighbors and never want to be one.
     
    kookaburra, stevemc, Askwhy and 6 others like this.
  6. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,093
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    NY
    Come on guys and gals!!! A Brooklyn apartment and a Marshall Bluesbreaker 62 Reissue? Why is this even a question?
     
  7. GGardner

    GGardner Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,127
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2017
    Location:
    NJ
    Well didn't somebody do a post asking if you wash your feet in the shower?
     
  8. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,093
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    NY
    Touche
     
    GGardner likes this.
  9. rolandson

    rolandson Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    976
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2017
    Location:
    Cascadia
    I once lived in an apartment near our local medical school. I had a friend, who happens to be a songwriter, staying for a couple of weeks.

    One morning I bump into my neighbor, who asks me to keep the noise down. I was unaware of any noise and asked about it. Turns out my houseguest would crank the stereo while I was out...he liked to hear his work at "stage volume".

    My neighbor, a day sleeper and a resident specializing in emergency medicine / trauma surgery expressed it quite eloquently...

    "Do you want the guy performing surgery on you well rested?"

    My friend learned to listen to his work at human levels. I think he learned to live with it. He went on to a couple of Grammy nominations and three #1's.
     
  10. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    8,785
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Location:
    Ada, MI
    you should immediately break into "can't you hear me knockin?"
     
    Alamo and Greggorios like this.
  11. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    21,947
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Location:
    Maine
    OK so a Bluesbreaker at 2:00 on the volume is a pretty loud amp, not what’s known on the internet as a good amp for an apt building.
    OP, you’re a New Yorker, you’ve been on the internet before, right?

    How do you not know that pissing off the neighbors then pissing them off some more is going to net you pissed off neighbors?

    And how are you a New Yorker that isn’t familiar with talking to neighbors?

    Sorry but the original post reads like a joke or a you’re trolling.
    Maybe you just moved from Nebraska to go to NYU and have formerly never really been out in the world?

    Do the others in your building talk or play their stereo at The volume of your guitar amp?
    Have you had a buddy play while you go in the next apartment to hear how loud it is through the “thick walls”?
    How thick are the walls?
    Like the Dakota with foot thick concrete?
    Can you hear them banging over your guitar?

    I really can’t believe an individual capable of navigating NYC is as lacking in human relations basics as laid out in the OP.

    Again, we see this all over the internet but it’s generally “my 5w champ upsets the neighbors are the 1w amps any good?”

    Not “my 45w Marshall upsets the neighbors should I ignore them?”

    The number of units makes a difference but if you can’t find times they can deal with a Marshall you need to rent a rehearsal space or a share.
    My solution was to live in lofts where we all played music.
    Rehearsal spaces with beds and hot plates.
    Apartments you work it out with neighbors including required volume.
     
    MilwMark and Greggorios like this.
  12. Askwhy

    Askwhy Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    224
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2019
    Location:
    Utah
    Headphone amp. Don't be an ahole neighbor. Not sure how talking to them is going to help with you being too loud, you would just be asking them nicely to deal with something that negatively affects their everyday lives (and doesn't need to). "Hi, i'm your neighbor and i want to seem like a good person, so i was wondering how i can help you deal with my selfish need to play loud electric guitar?"
    Lots of great headphone options these days and then you can play as loud as you want. Jmo and same goes for anyone with common walls.
     
  13. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    21,947
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Location:
    Maine
    Yeah the OP reads like a map to the holy grail where the true meaning is hidden in code. Or an SNL skit.

    But at the same time when I lived in NYC there was a constant influx of trust fund college students who seemingly had never before getting into NYU seen a problem their parents couldn’t fix.

    Not saying the OP is a trust fund college kid but there are tens of thousands strolling in and wandering about thinking it’s their oyster.

    Can’t blame them for parents not hipping them to real life.
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  14. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    21,947
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Location:
    Maine
    Well the TDPRI has been a little boring lately and no discussion is ever new.

    But this and the foot washing thread are kinda new,and I gotta say this one is better!
     
    Greggorios and GGardner like this.
  15. rolandson

    rolandson Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    976
    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2017
    Location:
    Cascadia
    I lived (illegally of course! Is there any other way?) in a loft throughout the last half of the 80's. Top floor of a warehouse...wonderful space. Beautiful light.

    One day one of the the building owners asks me if I objected to him/them/they renting out the basement to a band as a rehearsal space...

    I said "no, as long as I can't hear them, I don't care."

    Never heard a thing. Never encountered a band in the building either.
     
    telemnemonics likes this.
  16. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    3,093
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2016
    Location:
    NY
    :lol::lol::lol:, yes indeed, I was thinking similar, along the lines of..."knock, knock, knock...is Dave there?..."
     
    drf64 likes this.
  17. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    32,543
    Joined:
    May 2, 2003
    Location:
    Wisco
    tell him "Ok Boomer" and get a welcome mat that says "COME BACK WITH A WARRANT"
     
  18. Owenmoney

    Owenmoney Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,785
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Location:
    Perkiomenville Pa
    Didn’t I see that in an Aerosmith / Run DMC video ?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
    Greggorios and MilwMark like this.
  19. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    24,553
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2012
    Location:
    Montana
    The term, "wood shedding" should be taken more literally. Just sayin':cool:
     
    Greggorios likes this.
  20. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    25,141
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Location:
    Osaka, Japan
    go ask em what's up first
     
    Greggorios likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.