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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2011, 06:56:48 PM »
love, Love, LOVE bagpipes!  But again, you'd have to be pretty good and wear a kilt.   :)

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2011, 08:53:44 PM »
That well-known RVing bagpiper has been known to serenade campers in the desert.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2011, 06:12:16 AM »
That well-known RVing bagpiper has been known to serenade campers in the desert.

It's just not the same without the kilt.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2011, 07:07:03 AM »
We'll be camping @ Kendall in KY over Memorial Wknd.  Can you serenade us there... in the kilt? 
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2011, 10:12:28 AM »
Quote from: Ned
It's just not the same without the kilt.

Aye, but there was no availability of fabric in the desert; Chris had to wait until we got to Moab to make the kilt.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2012, 09:56:05 PM »
This is something very near and dear to me...I play many instruments and am having trouble parting with them as we begin our journey.  I have a Yamaha full size piano, sousaphone, trombone, baritone, trumpet and cornet, Bb and Eb clarinets, flute and a snare. I feel like I have to choose between my favorite child :o

But I had the same question as to whether or not taking anything would be worth it for fear of possibly offending some, but I can't tell you how many times I wished I had "a horn" with me so that I could join in some quick jam session. 

My thought is that doing at the right time and keeping sessions short and obviously feeling out the neighbors a bit could mean that I can still enjoy playing a little something now and again. 
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2012, 11:33:59 PM »
Jnlo2000,

Obviously you've been playing various instruments for a while.  I don't think you should leave all of them behind!  Choose a couple of the ones you like best because there are appropriate times and places to play them.  For example, if you join the Family Motor Coach Assn. they have the Frustrated Maestros who play at various rallies.  A number of people carry keyboards or horns so you won't be alone.  Also we've attended Blue Grass festivals where people jam after the daily activities have ended.  I'm sure there are other types of music festivals where you can find like minded people.

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2012, 08:19:55 AM »
This is something very near and dear to me...I play many instruments and am having trouble parting with them as we begin our journey.  I have a Yamaha full size piano, sousaphone, trombone, baritone, trumpet and cornet, Bb and Eb clarinets, flute and a snare. I feel like I have to choose between my favorite child :o
I too play a lot of instruments and live in a motorhome full time. My solution is that I have a 76 key synthesizer with me. It can play just about anything. I also have two guitars and Sony Playstation with many Rock Band tunes.

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2012, 11:57:28 AM »
I can not speak for anyone else, but if you want to play a musical insturment near me my reaction will depend on many things.

1: Are you any good at it?

2: Drumbs, Bagpipes, Guitar, Acordian, Piano (elctronic of course) Violen, Flute, Whatever.

3: Style of music (Actually that's about 30 on a list of 3, meaning "so long as it's music it's good)

Now.. I might ask to sing along.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2012, 05:44:58 PM »
The time of day also has a lot to do with acceptance.

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« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2012, 07:42:26 PM »
Good Point Jeff, 3pm GOOD, 3AM bad.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2012, 08:54:54 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 #42 on: January 11, 2012, 11:56:16 AM »

Suggestion 3. Play naked - no one will notice the flute.

Unless you're at a naturalist campground.  ;)
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2012, 12:46:30 PM »
I have a Yamaha full size piano, sousaphone, trombone, baritone, trumpet and cornet, Bb and Eb clarinets, flute and a snare.

My high school and college band directors played every instrument well to various degrees - but unfortunately for me, his skills on the trumpet/coronet were not to level a student needed to advance to higher levels other than to go off on their own as I did.

However, tho he could play brass as well as woodwinds, his favorite and the one he played best was the violin. So I would imagine most that play a wide variety have a favorite. If that is true you might want to begin by taking your favorites vs. all of them.

Also, as mentioned earlier in this thread I use a Yamaha Silent Brass mute system so can practice anywhere/anytime with my own ears the only ones to hear the sounds. You can even buy a huge one for a tuba!

But most of the time I find that a cup or straight mute is sufficient for most practice sessions inside my rig up until 10pm or so. Usually, up until that time there is enough peripheral sounds that a muted horn cannot be heard anyway.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2012, 08:03:24 PM »
An RV'ing couple in our ukulele group bring out the ukes around a campfire and start playing. They report that the usual reaction is that "kids come out of the woodwork". The kids come to listen or to play along. Some ask if they can bring other instruments &/or bring one of their parents who might play a different instrument.

Separately, this couple contact activities directors/rangers at campgrounds regarding organized events.
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« Reply #45 on: January 11, 2012, 08:41:37 PM »
Bob, I will definately look into the mute system.  I have standard mutes for the trumpet/cornets which are likely to come with me as well as at least one or two woodwinds.  The keyboard most definately will come as well.  I never learned strings although everyone on my Dad's side plays (violin/viola in particular) very well even semi-professional at some point in their lives.  My dad starting me on a xylaphone when I was 2-3 yrs old and it just went from there.  Most of my elementary years I played piano and cornet.  Switched to Baritone/Tuba in high school because of demand.  Although girls playing Tuba was not exactly popular at the time.  ;D Learned the rest along the way, did the competition route in high school, considered drum corp and joined the Navy instead.  Our son likes to sing and on more than one occasion with his buddies sat around a campfire singing their hearts out.  Very heartwarming to see a bunch of 17 year old boys sitting around singing. 

I suspect that I will learn appropriate times/places to play and hope to hook up with others on the road as well.  Impromptu jam sessions are always fun!
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #46 on: January 11, 2012, 10:15:07 PM »
Doughton Park (mile marker 240) on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  June 4th & 5th 2008.  This group meets frequently over the summer as they can pull people together at this park.  Not any real set week ends.  We just were lucky enough to be there at the same time they were.  It really was great.

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2012, 11:40:48 AM »
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  ...

A friend's dad is in a barbershop quartet. A few years back when we were all camping at Green Lakes State Park here in NY, his buddies stopped by and they decided to have a little practice. What started as a "little practice" gathered quite the crowd and turned into a full-blown concert - they even took requests!
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #48 on: January 12, 2012, 01:57:36 PM »
Speaking of Barbershop:  On You Tube search for "Acoustix stars and stripes"

It's worth it.
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« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2012, 02:36:49 PM »
Thank you, John.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #50 on: January 12, 2012, 03:45:47 PM »
In general if we are overheard making music either a crowd begins to gather or we are encouraged to play at some more central location.

But then again we're experienced street performers and are regularly hired to do this sort of thing for community festivals, private parties, and the occasional bar gig.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #51 on: January 12, 2012, 04:46:08 PM »
But then again we're experienced street performers and are regularly hired to do this sort of thing for community festivals, private parties, and the occasional bar gig.

My understanding of the issue is the concern for practicing vs. performing. Listening to someone playing scales and such, or working on a piece segment can be very distracting. Once in a park in Sacramento a very accomplished concert trombonist in the site next to mine from Canada practiced several hours a day - and if he had stayed one more day I probably would have knocked on his door.  The scales were bad enough, but the double and triple tonguing from a segment of The Carnival of Venice that he was having trouble with did me in . . .  :)
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« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2012, 08:39:35 PM »
DW and I have camped over many years. I am a folk guitar player. We have gotten better over the years, doing mostly folk songs. Many evenings of playing, times of people coming to listen. Never any complaints. I heard a beginning flute player, playing at Villa Nueva NM State Park. The canyon echos were amazing. Until people start stopping by, or giving you positive comments, just play softly. Play for yourself. If you like it others will too.

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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2012, 10:05:10 AM »
I believe that any one who plays to perform in a unobtrusive manner is welcome, I would hate to hear some one practicing scales and repetitive passages on any brass instrument or percussion instrument in a site near me. I love a good folk, country or bluegrass player playing non-amplified instruments and will gather with the crowd for the entertainment value.

Unobtrusive instruments make for an enjoyable evening around the campfire.
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« Reply #54 on: March 06, 2012, 08:26:42 AM »
We were at Sun & Fun RV park in Sarasota, Fl for a couple of weeks in February. Our neighbor was from Pensylvania and he pulled out a nice Piano Accordion on a Sunday afternoon, and played nice soft music; he was soon joined by another player from Florida; they were very good; I went and sat with them and enjoyed every note they played ; they took a few requests. His wife did sing well too. Nobody around seemed offended.

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« Reply #55 on: March 06, 2012, 09:14:45 AM »
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.

I hope to hear you play some day Bob.
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #56 on: March 06, 2012, 10:31:15 AM »
I hope to hear you play some day Bob.
During my time at Great Lakes Training Center my quad sang the Lord's Prayer each night at lights out..it was amazing how quiet the other quads got in preparation to that event. It still brings a lump in my throat to hear that song as does Taps and the Navy Hymn, Eternal Father, usually followed by a tear or two.
Whither or not they're played at my burial...I hope they are playing in my mind as I pass on to see my maker..

Thank you for your comments - taps always gives me a lump in the throat as well. If I am playing it, I try to suppress that so as not to block the air passage needed. That's tough at times due to the occassion and otherwise total silence.

Another later written melody being used on such solomn occassions is Il Silenzio written by an Italian jazz trumpeter, Nini Rosso. He wrote it as an adaptation of taps. HERE is an amazing young lady, Melissa Venema, playing it at age 14. She is 16 or so now and plays concerts around the world.

And HERE it is as played by the author. I couldn't help but note that Melissa ends on a high C above the staff whereas Nini plays that last note an octave lower. Notice that she takes a deep breathe before hitting it.

Perhaps you will hear me one day, and I hope it not as an assignment with Bugles Across America.  :)
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« Reply #57 on: March 06, 2012, 02:15:06 PM »
Bob, I also hope that day comes...when I get the pleasure to hear you play...thanks for the music tour..
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« Reply #58 on: March 06, 2012, 03:45:05 PM »
As long as they are good at it, I'd have no problem with the playing! :)
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Re: Playing a musical instrument in a campground - okay or not?
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2012, 07:54:25 AM »
I do the majority of my camping at festivals where one can play anytime.  In regular campgrounds, the playing usually has to stop at 10pm (although screaming kids can run around until 1am).
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