We’ve talked about lawnmowers, I wondered what your opinions were concerning the propriety of playing amplified music outside in a residential area.
Is it ever appropriate? If so, when, how loud, and at what times?
I’m not talking about occasional live music for a party, but instead, practicing on a somewhat regular basis. It appears that my neighbor is putting together a small combo - at least 2 guitars, playing cover tunes. Eagles, Allman Bros., Jimmy Buffett, etc. Last Sunday eve they played in their garage, the wall of which is maybe 12 feet from the wall of our family room where we were watching a movie. My wife went out and told them that it was very loud in our house. They wrapped it up maybe 20 minutes later. Today, they have been playing in the backyard since maybe 4 p.m. - it is now 8:30 and getting dark.
We live in a suburb, with lots maybe 50-75’ wide, and 150-200’deep. To fully set the scene, we do not get along with these neighbors - we have had a couple of disputes in the past - the guy and I haven’t spoken for maybe 5 years since he threatened my wife and she called the cops on him, and when I went to talk to him about it he closed the door in my face. So, even tho the music isn’t all that loud, I really don’t like hearing him. They are not completely without talent and the music, tho not my favorite, is pretty bland. I’d just as soon not have listening to him become the regular end to my every summer Sunday evening.
I guess I’m coming from the position that amplified guitars and such are to be played in basements, or behind closed doors and windows. No matter how much you enjoy your music, you shouldn’t assume your neighbors share your view.
So, whaddya think? Are they completely in the right and I am being unreasonable?