Practicing at odd times....

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lark_z, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. lark_z

    lark_z Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2020
    Georgetown, TX
    Am I the only one that will practice at odd times (like 6 am) to avoid the 'stink-eye' from the partner?

    You know the look - "you're really doing THAT now instead of __________ (folding clothes/taking out the trash/cutting the grass/unloading the diswasher........)

    Like the practice session is not the MOST important thing each day. Come on!
  2. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    If I wasn't being unreasonable, I'd tell them they had best get on with it then.
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  3. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
  4. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Not in my household. My wife is an early bird and I'm a night owl. She gets a couple of hours in the early morning to do her thing and I get the late night hours to do my thing. Wasn't always the case when our daughter was a toddler/preschooler but now that that she's in her late teens, it works out great!

    I have NEVER been asked to do a particular household chore by my spouse. I'm on it before anyone else is.
  5. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    That's what I do. Not to avoid getting the stink eye, but to have silence and not be disturbed. This morning I woke up late, and as I started to practice my SO came in and I had to relocate, and put on headphones so I wouldn't hear her getting on with her day.
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  6. Malcolm35

    Malcolm35 Supporting Member

    Yes we all have to carve out our time. I've been retired since 2000 so M.C. and I have this worked out. For example; I get the TV remote at 10:00 PM each night, rain or shine and then the rest of the night is my time. :rolleyes: My music is normally done on the balcony in the cool of the morning. With summer heat coming I'll have to find another time. Have to give this some thought.
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  7. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    It's when she starts that aggressive hoovering around you, then you know you're in trouble...:eek:
  8. This sounds like something I could have written. I am pretty OCD so I'm on jobs before being asked, my wife likes mornings and I like night time. Since I have my own spot in the basement away from the bedrooms I routinely go there to practice after she and my daughter are off to bed.
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  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Not with my current wife. She's an artist and we give each other our space. Non creative people will never understand the drive. They may accept it, but they'll never really understand it.
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  10. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Anytown USA
    Nope just odd time signatures!
  11. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I practice any time I want, and my cats never complain.
  12. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Same here! Basement rules! Nobody likes being down there but me. Bonus!
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  13. bonin in the boneyard

    bonin in the boneyard Supporting Member

    I practice at 5am before the wife and kids wake up. Then it's non-stop action until 9pm or so, at which point I would be too tired to make it count.

    I also like it because no matter what else happens that day, I've managed to do one small thing for myself.
  14. I actually have a pretty nice room there. It was originally my son's bedroom and as I was building it years ago I always had ulterior plans in mind for the future! :thumbsup:
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  15. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Same here - I did a down-to-the-studs reno about 10 years ago. Kitted it all out with new furniture and set up my studio in one corner. We had a minor flood last fall and had to rip out the carpet. Had plans to get it fixed up in the spring but alas. Going to take the opportunity for a bit of a refresh before putting new flooring nicer windows, update the bathroom, fix a door issue.
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  16. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
  17. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe What will you be remembered for?

    Dec 31, 2018
    I would be more concerned with you mowing the lawn at 6 am. Any amp has a volume knob on it and could be reasonably set to not disturb someone. Also headphones could be deployed.
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  18. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    I actually just had this conversation with the wife. I used to be able to practice whenever I wanted as loud as I wanted (6x10 with 500W behind it) but now I have to be considerate of her and the kids. Headphones only do so much, I want to feel the air moving.

    The consensus of the conversation was 'I dont care how loud you play as long as no one is complaining' but the kids never stop complaining. I asked about the stink eye factor and she said it's in my head, go ahead and play and do the chores later.

    Awesome! Now it's just the kids I have to worry about....
  19. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    I wouldn't pull someone out of the zone with mention of 'washing up'... They can do it later, it'll still be there.
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  20. AudioTaper


    Sep 23, 2018
    Exactly. Well, within reason. A friend was too 'in the zone' to answer his phone when his girlfriends car broke down. So she called me. I fixed her car, tailed her home (to make sure it didnt break down again) and he was still playing when we got there. ...Guitar players...
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