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Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« on: December 03, 2011, 04:10:09 PM »
One of the items on my retirement "to do" list is to take up playing the first woodwind I learned: the flute. I'm wondering how my playing might be received by fellow RVers. Anyone have any experiences they'd like to share?

(By the way, my question presumes that I would practice inside the trailer and only during hours when most people would be expected to be awake, something in the 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. range.)
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 04:24:30 PM »
I remember sitting in a campground in Colorado listening to a lady sitting outside playing a flute.  Of course, she wasn't just learning - in fact she played quite well.  I think that had she continued playing for hours or simply played poorly that it would have gotten irritating, but her hour of music, along with the pretty location was actually quite nice.

Tell you what, it sure beat some of the loud radio playing we've put up with from fellow campers through the years.

I say: proceed, but cautiously.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 04:30:41 PM »
In a campground in Ohio, the guy in the campsite next to us was playing a guitar softly. It was quiet and relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much better than a boombox playing loud music.
 
 
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2011, 05:16:45 PM »
FYI, my alternate choices are the oboe & bagpipe (both of which are in the "sounds like a cat in heat" class of wind instruments).  :)
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2011, 05:41:19 PM »
Personally, I'm a fan of bagpipe.  But, in general, that might be a step too far.  Oboe is also wonderful.  Basically, as long as it's acoustic and not electrically amplified, most people will be fine with your music as long as you observe reasonable hours.  You might even attract some fellow musicians who'd like to jam!

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2011, 06:06:50 PM »
Unless you are very good at it and play something I like, no it is not  alright.

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2011, 07:01:43 PM »
A couple of times we have been to state parks and two or three people were a few sites down the way playing acoustic guitars and banjos, under the awning.  Bluegrass, country, classical.  Some even sang a tune or two.  Quite well thank goodness. ;D  Among the the trees on a nice afternoon and/or evening it was nice.  They never played too long.  Really enjoyed it.  Give it a whirl. Keep to a reasonable hour, not too long a session and not loud. 
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2011, 07:03:10 PM »
Suggestion 1. If people complain about your music, then put your generator on, which is acceptable and allowable on a campground and play using that to cover the sound!
Suggestion 2. Buy a banjo and place it on a stand next to you. Most people will be too busy waiting to complain when you play the banjo to worry about a flute.
Suggestion 3. Play naked - no one will notice the flute.
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2011, 08:43:51 PM »
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...put your generator on, which is acceptable and allowable on a campground

Many campgrounds (typically those that have electric hook-ups) do not allow generators.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2011, 09:40:34 PM »
Well I guess that reduces your options then.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 09:53:10 PM »
In high school, college, and Navy Drum Bugle corps I played trumpet and a one valve bugle. A few years back I bought the same year and model horn off of eBay that my folks bought for me in high school (50's vintage) by the F.E. Olds brass co.  Though over a half century old, once I had it retored it plays better than one of the originals.
 
I began "come back" trumpet lessons but due to some health stuff had to delay that - but am now beginning again. Of course, as a full time RVer, neighbors for sure would not like the scale work one must do to build the lips and technique. So I purchased a muting system by Yamaha called SILENT BRASS.

The sound is completely silenced, but amplified through a headset -- or sent to a recorder or external speakers. The sound in my headset is as close to original trumpet sound as one could imagine. Looking at the link above you can see the variety of stuff one can do with this mute.

Unfortunately, I have not heard of such a muting system for woodwind instruments . . .
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 10:27:39 PM »
Are you going to play at QZ?
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2011, 08:05:43 AM »
One morning I got on the shuttle bus at Yosemite and the driver had his two kids pull out their musical instruments so they could practice ON THE BUS. The little girl played a synthesizer that was not too loud. The son played a trumpet that was way too loud. I got off at the next stop and called his supervisor. You have not lived until you have heard a beginning trumpet player on a bus.

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2011, 08:21:20 AM »
Hillside Bluegrass RV Park in Cochran, Georgia (central Georgia just east of Macon) welcomes musicians.  There are weekly get togethers and the park even hosts bluegrass festivals in May and September.

Here's a link to the park:  http://www.hillsidebluegrassrvpark.com/Home
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2011, 08:33:34 AM »
Hal Schell, a legendary CA Delta river rat who lived full time aboard his boat, played his bugle every morning. This went on for many years, but I'm not aware that anyone complained. It was considered part of the ambiance of the Delta. Regrettably, Hal passed away on June 9, 2006 and nobody has stepped forward to play the bugle.
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2011, 10:22:46 AM »
I know what fastrack100 means about a banjo -- my husband plays.  Unless it's a bluegrass festival, he needs to be very discrete to avoid being very irritating (he mostly is).  Sometimes, campgrounds will have a pavillion or other gathering place a bit away from the campers that may be an option.  But a flute tends to be pretty quiet if you practice inside.  If you're feeling shy, close all the windows and turn on the a.c. for the duration of your playing.

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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2011, 01:24:51 PM »
Hal Schell, a legendary CA Delta river rat who lived full time aboard his boat, played his bugle every morning. This went on for many years, but I'm not aware that anyone complained. It was considered part of the ambiance of the Delta. Regrettably, Hal passed away on June 9, 2006 and nobody has stepped forward to play the bugle.

Have on a number of occasions done taps, Tom -- but doubt I would have the nerve to wake folk up with reveille.  :)  For many years in my home town in KY a fellow trumpet player and I played taps at the town cemetery on Memorial day. One would play at the site and the other some distance away played the echo. Was asked once in an RV park a long time ago to play taps at the time the park designated as the beginning  overnight quite time. I refused as some folks do not want someone reminding them in any way what time it is and that it is time to shut down their gensets or turn off their stereo. OTOH, the 24 notes of taps is very meaningful and soothing to most folks.
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2011, 01:29:30 PM »
At the FMCA rally in Farmington NM, every night someone plays taps at 10 pm. I always turn off the TV when I hear it playing and listen. I love hearing it....wonder if it's a carryover from my Army days?
 
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2011, 01:47:12 PM »
You have not lived until you have heard a beginning trumpet player on a bus.

Yikes, I can imagine, Tom. Small space with zero acoustics or talent. Actually, most instruments sound pretty bad until the player gains a degree of talent -- but on a bus even a talented player could mess up ones ear drums.
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2011, 01:47:42 PM »
Taps..... soothing and restful.... A way to say good night or good by.

I thought maybe some of you would enjoy the following link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usk81XVsE9o&feature=related

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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2011, 01:54:13 PM »
Are you going to play at QZ?

Yes, most likely, Bob -- in my rig with my Silent Brass mute so no one will have to listen to the sounds other than myself. Not quite ready for prime time or QZ.  :)  But thanks for asking . . .
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2011, 02:25:40 PM »
Good music is a gift. However, there is a time and place when it is appropriate and when it is not. I feel that nothing that I do should infringe on the peace and quiet, or space, of my neighbors. Including sounds, or letting a dog run loose, or generator noise and exhaust, etc. I would hope others would extend the same courtesy and respect to me and my family. In other words, I don't want to hear it, but good for you for wanting to do it and finding a place where you can.
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2011, 02:55:26 PM »
If you get a banjo and other Bluegrass instruments together I will be there listening.  :)  We were in Stonewall Jackson resort campground and after attending a family reunion we came back to the RV wery tired. Next to our RV i noticed several tents and a whole slew of kids. The mother cme over and politely asked if the kids could play their music. My mind was thinking boom boom but I politely said they could play. Well we perked up and thoughly enjoyed a real Bluegrass Gospel event with campers coming from all over to enjoy the music. All the kids played instruments from the 6 yr old to the 21 yr old.

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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2011, 03:35:16 PM »
I've asked that taps be played at my death. This the only sure way to know I have gone, for there will be a tear in my eye if I have not. :'(
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« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2011, 03:36:59 PM »
All the kids played instruments from the 6 yr old to the 21 yr old.

And boy that really ticks me off. Every time I hear kids playing they can all play better than me. :(

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« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2011, 04:41:57 PM »
The OP said he wanted to LEARN to play the flute.  If he already played it at a decent level of expertise, then it might be alright in his trailer at a low level.  BUT, having suffered as a kid listening to my next door neighbor practice the piano every morning for a half hour, I don't think your campground neighbors will appreciate it all that much until you reach a level of expertise that it might be less painful and more listenable.  My suggestion is that you find a place outside of a campground (for example, some sparsely populated BLM land) and camp there so you can practice to your heart's content.  You even could drive off somewhere in your car to a somewhat remote location and play your flute there.  All you'll be bothering there is the wild critters.  On second thought, you might want to keep the windows closed if you do that.  You don't want to chase them away! ;)  We've enjoyed attending a Blue Grass event among the pine trees and it was delightful at night but these were people who already knew how to play.  I guess what I'm saying is there's a level of expertise where it might be okay and another level where it isn't okay.  Maybe you'll know the crossover point when you no longer cringe at your own mistakes.  ::)

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« Reply #26 on: December 04, 2011, 04:51:59 PM »
Come to Quartzsite and practice while there are 50 generators running. You won't bother anyone.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2011, 05:12:45 PM »
My daughter plays the flute.. and rather well I might add.

I would have no problem with a flutist in the campground.

Or a guitar

Bagpipes... Well as it happens I like a good bag piper.. But I suspect that would not go over well in most CG's.

A lot depends on the instrument, when and how well it's played.

Of course.. No matter what you do there will always be a SCROOGE about (Bah Humbug) who hates the fact that you can do somethign (play the instrument) he can't.   IN fact.. I happen to be a bit unhappy about that myself.. However I don't blame YOU for my failing to take up an instrument when I was younger.   But I do get even...... I SING!
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« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2011, 05:49:07 PM »
If you're good and it's not rap... GO FOR IT!

We've enjoyed guitars on occasion and sorta of wished what we heard was a bit louder. 

love, Love, LOVE bagpipes!  But again, you'd have to be pretty good and wear a kilt.   :)
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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2011, 05:52:44 PM »
I've asked that taps be played at my death. This the only sure way to know I have gone, for there will be a tear in my eye if I have not. :'(

If you are a veteran, I understand that legislation was passed around 2000 that when a U.S. veteran dies, the government will supply a flag, a uniformed flag presenter, and bugler to play taps at the gravesite ceremony.

Unfortunately, there are more veterans passing (1/2 million per year over the next 7 years, I read) than there are qualified buglers in the military. So a fake digital bugle was designed that plays a tinny sounding taps as the fake bugler holds the horn to his lips.

To fill the need, Tom Day, organized BUGLES ACROSS AMERICA. Qualified bugler volunteers (able to play taps with "ease and style" on a no valve or 1,2,3 valve bugle, trumpet, coronet, or fluglehorn) from his organization are now sent in place of those holding a digital horn.

As soon as I feel that I meet the "ease and style" requirement again will probably volunteer.
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