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Strangest Place To Ever Play?
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LyleA
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I recently moved to a new apartment and because I hate playing at anything but full volume, I can't really practice at home now out of consideration for my neighbors.  So I practice at work during my lunch break and after hours.  It's very convenient and there are lots of places to go where my coworkers aren't disturbed.  However, the best place I have found is in a small bathroom in the back of the building.  It is tiled on the floor and walls and when I play the acoustics are phenomenal.  The sound reverberating off the walls comes back at me from all directions with wonderful amplification.  I practice in there most of the time now.  I'm just waiting on the moment when someone asks me why there is a music stand next to the commode...

Anyways, it got me wondering what some of the strangest places other people have played in are?

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That's funny.  I love playing outside.  It just feels so much more free.  It could have something to do with living in a small cabin with two kids.  Here are some of the places I have played.  

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/in.....dle-story/

This weekend I am taking it to a mountaintop to play.  Here's what it looks like in the winter.

 

 

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Lately I've been enjoying playing while walking around in a new addition that's still under construction at our house. I like it for the same reason you like the bathroom: because it's echoey. I was surprised that my fiddle sounds really good in there with the sound bouncing around. I always thought you needed sound dampening materials for good acoustics...like in a recording studio.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Bathroom's are nice to play in, I like the sound I get when I play there, but I don't have a music stand in there, in fact, I don't have a music stand at all.

I think I answered this question about a year ago in a similar thread.

The strangest place's i've played, (there are two). The first was in '1948' I was 5 years old. My mother worked in a "Howard Johnson's" as a waitress. The kitchen help knew I played violin. One evening mom took me up there, (it was her day off) she took me there at the request of the chef's and waitress's who wanted to hear me play. I don't remember what song I played, but I was rewarded with one of, "HoJo's" 28 flavor ice cream cone's. Was I concidered a "professional" after receiving that cone? wink

The second place was in, '1949', I was 6, I played my violin in my doctor's office. I think the doctor figured it would take my mind off the fact I was about to receive a penicillin shot (in the bumm), it didn't help my mind at all.

I enjoyed the ice cream more than the "P" shot.  surprised

 

Ken.

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I enjoy playing in my shop most of all. My shop is small 12X12 and I can be by myself with my terrible playing and not bother anyone. Only problem is my batteries are bad so once it gets dark now I have no light. Some day I'll have to break down and get new batteries.

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The funnest place to play for me is in a big concert hall when no one is there, or an empty old church with stone floors and walls. :-)

Another alternative for you could be to get an electric violin with a nice amp and plenty of echo, chorus, reverb effect possibilities. That gives a very similar feeling. As far as the neighbors are concerned you could use the headset and have it as loud as you like. Beware of your ears though. I have tinitus, probably from 30 years of symphony orchestra playing, but I wish I had been more careful and protected myself a little more often.

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Well, playing at work isn't a probelm really.  I actually think I practice longer there then at home beacuse there are less distractions.  I have been considering a mute as well.

I have an electric violin, actually, but I much prefer the sound of the acoustic.  

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Makes a lot of sense. Keep practicing at work. :-)

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If we are talking about strangest places ever to play at.

I play weddings on the beach quite often. A few times I had to play when the wind is so strong that the bow is sailing hard off the strings and you have to work hard to keep in on the string. A few times the humidity was so high that as hard as you press if was as if you had a brand new, or newly rehaired bow without rosin. No sound whatsoever. What do you do????

Fortunately, when you move indoors for the cocktails the bow quickly goes back to normal.

I guess this is not so much strange but more.... aggravating!!!

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While playing on that mountaintop yesterday, I heard the wind play my fiddle for the first time.  It was mesmerizing.  

 

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Fiddlerman said
If we are talking about strangest places ever to play at.

I play weddings on the beach quite often. A few times I had to play when the wind is so strong that the bow is sailing hard off the strings and you have to work hard to keep in on the string. A few times the humidity was so high that as hard as you press if was as if you had a brand new, or newly rehaired bow without rosin. No sound whatsoever. What do you do????

Fortunately, when you move indoors for the cocktails the bow quickly goes back to normal.

I guess this is not so much strange but more.... aggravating!!!

I can imagine your frustration. Not being able to make any sound and you know your bow is rosined up well.

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I would opt for playing on a roof top of a house. That way I would be known as the Fiddler on the Roof.   ;)

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I love it Crazymotive ! 

I like playing outdoors.  Something about fresh air and a beautiful sunset makes the music sound so much sweeter!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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