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Music Room ... not always a good thing
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coolpinkone
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Sheesh.. I put together a music room to play violin without bothering anyone too much... but I don't like to play in it.  I like to play dead center of the main room.  When  I made the room, I had gotten feed back that it would be nice because it is hard for others to hear tv.... not a big deal for baseball, but for news and other shows apparently it was a bit loud.  Then headphones showed up at the house.

 

So I have a music room.. I don't like to go back there to play.. and I kind of know that months, now years have been a bit noisey...so I feel too guilty to wail it out in the front room.  This time of year the back room is a bit cold too.  Small 10 x 10 room.. hum.

Does anyone else have playing "restrictions" mental or real?

Just a little vent to my fellow musicians. :)

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I have a room CP. It gets cold in there but I have a small heater that warms it up. It has been through a lot. Used to be a well, storage room> about 5x8. The rest of the people in my house can hardly hear me. I like it > it is my sanctuary> I call it my Music Laboratory> I get NUTS in it. > It is SWEET!!!!!!! > I can just let it fly in there. I sort of have to come back down after I am in there cause it is like another World. Yeah!!!! it is magical in there.

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You  know Stonedog.. I had a few nights like that in that room.. I was jamming and performing my butt off... thanks for the reminder.. I just need to get back in there and remember  how it feels good to just let go a bit.

Cheers.

 

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My idea would be to put the TV in the 10 X 10 room and let those who want to watch tv go back to the cold room and watch there. :-) Also, small portable heaters are not that expensive. ;-0

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I guess i'm the lucky one,, since I'm single any room in my home is a music room, including both bathroom's.

Portable heater's aren't that expensive to buy, but the cost of running them can be very high.

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Fiddlerman said
My idea would be to put the TV in the 10 X 10 room and let those who want to watch tv go back to the cold room and watch there. :-) Also, small portable heaters are not that expensive. ;-0

I was going to say the same thing.  

 

It's only me and my kids and since we live in a small cabin, there are no other rooms, just one downstairs and one upstairs.  If they want to watch tv, they go upstairs.  I did have a music room though.  It was pretty cool.  My own little mom space.  I hung up pictures that I liked and music that I liked.  I felt like a teenager with their own room for the first time lol.  

 

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"Restrictions"?  Well, I try not to play acoustic violin in the same room where people are watching vids or talking, since it's kinda loud.  I also don't play it often when people are sleeping, unless I'm intentionally practising playing softly and doing lullabyes.  The rest of the time I use my electric, usually unplugged and not bothering with headphones.
I don't have a room I specifically think of as a "music room" in that sense.  There's the old rehearsal room in the basement, that we used back in the band days.  Past several years it's mostly just storage for the bigger gear.  It's about 10X10.  There's also a room upstairs that is my digital studio that is a little smaller.  Some acoustic instruments are stored there, but I don't usually play acoustic or record acoustic in that room.  It's not what it's set up for.
Mostly, I play in a corner of the kitchen, or go into the library and play, or play while pacing through the house.  Corner of the kitchen is also where I usually record acoustic instruments.  Or if I want the acoustics of one of the other rooms of the house, I take out my laptop and "go on location" with just a minimal amount of gear like my studio condenser mic and tube preamp and compressor/limiter.
But like I said, acoustic violin is one of the louder acoustic instruments, and I try to be considerate about when and where I play it.  I can stay a couple rooms away from where people are watching vids or go into some part of the house where sound doesn't carry as much.  But if I didn't have the electric for doing quiet practice, then we'd just have to work something out, because it takes a certain amount of playing if you ever hope to get good.

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I have to play in kitchen sometimes dunno Approximately 1mX1m of free space =) It's warm though =)

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Sometimes I have to take my shoes off to feel comfortable while playing.  I guess because I practice in socks or bare feet.  Purely mental I would imagine.

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We have a music room. It's the room with green walls that you see in most of my videos. It's nice to have a room dedicated to music and practice. I really enjoy being in there, not only to play but also just to look at our instruments, which we have out on stands or otherwise displayed. That's often where I sit and talk on the phone or Skype with family.

That said, I do enjoy playing in other rooms of the house, too. In particular, I like to walk around playing in a new addition that we're finishing. The acoustics are great; I can really focus on my intonation there.

The plan is for the addition to be home office space, but we're considering switching one of the offices with the current music room. That way we'll have a bigger, more open space with better acoustics.

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Sometimes I have to take my shoes off to feel comfortable while playing.  I guess because I practice in socks or bare feet.  Purely mental I would imagine.

@LyleA : Will you be able to wear shoes if you perform in public? :) BTW, on a semi-related note, sometimes I find myself curling my toes inside my shoes while playing. Maybe I should try taking them off.

 

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@KindaScratchy cool  post.  I am making an effort to be in my music room more.  My son came to visit on  Thanksgiving and he said.. "Mom this room has great energy..clean... "  I felt happy for that.

 

@Fiddlerman giggle..if you all knew what my version of cold is.. you would slap me..  ha ha.. Cali  home.. my house is about 68-72 all year round... giggle.

 

@Mad_Wed if I could play 10x10 like you.. I'd be in heaven.. I am going to do it this next year.. I will play that Dark Waltz.. oh yes ..I will.

 

@LyleA I play barefoot or in socks..shoes would be a weird experience for me... but I always play standing.

@DanielB Love your post and thoughts.. well you know that I just want to get on a plane anyway and live with you and your family..My kind of peeps. :)

@Fiddlestyx your situation as well as some others are a real treat... that freedom to play when the urge takes over... I love days like that.  I play best when no one is home.

I love to hear about everyone's playing space... keep the comments coming... :)

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Yea we don't wear shoes inside.  With the snow the majority of the year and mud from the melting snow for most of the remaining time, most people up here remove their shoes when entering anyone's home.  

 

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We don't wear shoes in the house either.  @1stimestar .  🙂

 

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Neither do we. :-)
Learned that when we lived in Sweden. It's MUCH easier to keep the floors clean.

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I thought nobody wears shoes inside the house duncecapsurprised 

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Most Americans do Naska. I have trouble getting them to remove their shoes. LOL

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Fiddlerman said
Most Americans do Naska. I have trouble getting them to remove their shoes. LOL

I saw it in movies, but thought that it's not true. And if there are little children at the house, they're crawling on the carpet where people usually step with dirty shoes?surprised So interesting! I guess they clean their floors every day at least twice then?

Even kids at school in Russia have to change their shoes it's called "the second footwear" =)

Though maybe streets in America are way more clean than here dunno

Sorry that messing up your thread, CPO, but it's so interesting to know more about other culturesdrooling.

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Mine are off and on. Depends > I have dogs, dogs have bones they like to chew on. and leave them laying around the house. When my kids were young they would leave crap all over the place. Every step on a Lego sword? > not a pleasant thing. You come to my house you can keep them on or take them off > whatever your pleasure. > just watch were you are walking.

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I've always worn shoes in the house, at least on the first floor. I'm not one to hang around in my pajamas, either. (TMI?) I guess my feeling is that being dressed includes shoes, so when I get dressed for the day and head downstairs, I've got shoes on.

Sometimes I wear slippers around the house, but I rarely walk around in just socks or barefoot. We have wood floors, not wall to wall carpeting (except in the bedrooms), so not only is there less concern about soiling rugs, it's also easier on the feet to have some protection in the form of shoes or slippers.

We also don't have little kids playing on the floor. Maybe that would change our policy.

I realize that wearing or not wearing shoes indoors can be a cultural thing. For me it's just a practical and comfort thing.

Gee, some of these threads sure can can go off on interesting tangents. :)

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Toni, I've recently acquired a 'music' room ... it was where my son and daughter-in-law had most of their indoor stuff stored, and they've moved to NSW.  I can't physically move the piano in there, and there's not enough room anyway, but all other stuff (can't believe I have so much paraphernalia for one violin!) has been moved in there.  I thought it would be easier to set up for video projects too, leaving all in place while I practised more and more, but it's now so cluttered I trip over stuff.  Please see my post in Fiddlerman's Christmas Project thread.

I'll join in the other half of this thread ... I never wear shoes inside, not a cultural requisite, I just grew up never wearing shoes, and even though we have hard floors with tiles and my old bones are getting more and more achy, it seems easier just to not wear them.  I always offer to take off my shoes when entering another's home, just as a sign of respect.  I also have Japanese friends, and would never dare to wear shoes inside their home.

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