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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TokyoPortrait, Apr 17, 2021.
Take em cakes that’ll make em feel guilty
I was building loops today, and my daughter, who is way more musical than me and who often rolls her eyes at my efforts went, “Daddy, that was really good” just after I shut down.
They called the cops on me when I’m finally doing okay!!??!!
What a drag Sure makes me glad I live out in the middle of nowhere~
When my new neighbor moved in I told him that I played the guitar. I let him know that if my playing ever got too loud to please let me know. Goodness knows he’s suffered through many times of me rehearsing a new song over and over while I was trying to learn it.
He’s never complained and I appreciate it.
Complaints about loud music whether someone is playing live or just has their stereo pumping out absurd volumes is nothing new.
Living in a beach community, houses are packed together pretty tight. I do not entertain their noise complaints, and point out I can make noise up to the OSHA exposure limits until 9 or 10 PM per city ordinance (I play mostly in the afternoon), and if they don't like it, then move. I work for the same city the police do and, unless I am being reckless, violent, or promoting drugs to the kids, they will not cite me.
Oh no, Henry, not the Super Twin!
Nursing home jealousy, that’s what it is
I live in a development of blocks of flats pretty close together. I keep my guitar to reasonable levels, but when the windows are open some people are going to hear me play.
The only response I ever got was from a neighbour who knocked on my door and asked if I wanted to jam.
My point being that, unless you're stupidly loud or really bad, there are FAR worse noises in housing developments than people playing musical instruments.
The drunk guy screaming at his woman.
The drunk woman screaming at her man.
The drug dealers screaming at each other.
Kids being kids.
Estate agents in deafening suits.
Loud stereos from macho cars.
Yet more sirens.
Loud fights between the police and the drug dealers and the drunks.
Against this background my playing must be almost a relief.
Jeez, why don't you move?
When I get new neighbors, im in a condo, the get the welcome speech
Hi, I'm Steve. I play guitar. I try to keep it down but if it it ever bothers you just let me know
Seems to work. No compkaints
when i got my 1st strat, we lived on the 3d floor of an apartment building. all i had were 2 small practice amps and i never turned them very loud. we got a noise complaint and i couldn't believe it. so i had my wife sit and strum my guitar at the low volume i usually played while i went out into the hall. i was very surprised at how loud it was . i went down to the 1st floor and it was still pretty loud.
amplifiers, even small ones, are built to project sound, to really throw it out there. so what seems like not much of nothing to you is probably genuinely annoying to those people.
and fruit sake.
I might gift them on my four corners...the rest could punt. When we lived in Yokosuka, one of the neighbors would play what sounded like a clarinet very loudly if I were playing guitar or banjo during the day. Of course, we had the windows open bc no AC (early '90s)...I don't know how it is where you live now. No problems in winter. We got more blowback when we forgot street sweep day . The elementary school kids would ring our bell in the afternoon just so we would come out or speak on the intercom...then run away giggling--Mrs volunteered there teaching english to the kidergartners/1st grade, so they knew we were there. Gaijins, can't live with them.
Ah, yes, the grand tradition of ‘pin pon dasshu,’ aka ding-dong dash.
What is music to one, is just noise to another. I feel for the OP, and for his neighbors. I have a brother in law who is hard of hearing who likes to play his guitar to where "he" can hear it. Unfortunately, so can his neighbors over two hundred yards away. His repertoire of songs does not span a great distance musically. I feel for the neighbors, I live fifty miles away, I can only hear him on a still day.
I have written before, that people fall into two basic groups, those who annoy, and those who are annoyed. Those who annoy simply cannot believe others do not share their enthusiasm for whatever it is that they are doing to annoy others. Those who are annoyed, simply cannot understand why those who annoy want to do whatever it is that annoys. I'm fairly certain this is not a new situation, it has simply been made worse by technology.
Tell him to get a Cube, and just play quietly. That's what works for me in our apartment. ( save playing louder for gigs).
But honestly, you gotta keep things civil with neighbors, so compromise is a good thing.
Learn a few Frank Sinatra tunes and play 'em loud with full fuzz on.
I have moved 4 times in the last 5 years...sheesh. some neighbors are better than others, but I have learned 2 key things.
1. Communication. Even if I dont feel we "get along" I introduce myself, always apologize for being a musician and let them know I am aware of the times of day I am making noise.
2. You cant please everyone. After diplomacy fails, I dont feel guilty. I tried, and thats the way its gonna be.