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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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The bedroom? Do you have a dedicated room for guitars? Do you have guitars all around the house, so's you can pick one up at a whim?

Well - I've commandeered the box room. Upstairs, and out of the way. Trouble is with box rooms, they're tiny - I've got half-a-dozen guitars in here, the computer's on an L-shaped desk, and all my other music-related stuff's in here. CD's, old cassette tapes, etc. All my music books. Hundreds and hundreds of pages of paper with songs on them - my own, and tabs of classic songs I want to learn.

The room's tiny - about 8' square, roughly. And I'm 6'5" tall.... that's a lot of me to cram into a little space. I also have to keep all my tools in here....large toolbox, plus stuff like the drill, the electric saw, the cases with drillbits etc and boxes of spanners.....

My amp's sitting on top of the toolbox. That saves a little space - trouble is, I need a bass amp - just bought a new bass - and I just haven't got room for it. There is literally nowhere to put it. On top of my main amp? Hmm, no, I wouldn't be able to plug in.....

I suppose pictures are needed here - but the camera's charging up at the moment. One thing's for sure, I'm going to need more space in the future - I'm thinking of going to war to annexe the "spare" bedroom - the one where the grandkids stay. It's not like it's in constant use - and it's twice the size of this room.

So - to reiterate - where do YOU play?

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@crkt246)
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I keep the guitars and the like in my Bedrom and 90% of the time I play and practice there as well.


   
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(@crkt246)
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I have the same problem new bass and not much space to put an amp for it but I will worry about that when I got the amp


   
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(@nickr)
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I live in an apartment with three others, so I only have one choice really, the bedroom.

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(@rparker)
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I've mentioned this before in other threads, but I;ve got three guitar playing "stations", as I call them. One downstairs in the family room with the Fender Super Champ XD, one in my office room with a Fender 30 Watt Solid State amp and a Boss GT-10 multi-effects thingy and the rest of the gear is in an extra room next to my recliner. The big amp (Fender Blues Deluxe) is in there along with the guitar rack.

I go in cycles for some reason as to which set-up I use the most. Do know this though. I'm always reclined or kicked back when I play. Proper form? Not 'round here.

I guess the reason for these 'stations' is simple, but also not the most fiscally responsible thing to do. The extra room upstairs we call the Bonus Room came first. I added the office station next. I got a bigger amp as my main amp, so the smaller one came in here. It's all here so that I can play some tunes or follow along the GN lessons more easily as this is where my computer is. I added the downstairs 'station' a couple of years ago so that I could hang with my family if they were downstairs and still be able to play guitar. I had already gotten another small amp (since "lent" to a friend in need) and just kind of brought it down one day and a guitar set-up has been there ever since.

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(@ghost)
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:lol: Bedroom here also. It might or might not change here when I get an apartment.

"If I had a time machine, I'd go back and tell me to practise that bloody guitar!" -Vic Lewis

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Do know this though. I'm always reclined or kicked back when I play. Proper form? Not 'round here.

now that brought a chuckle from me - anyone saw my guitar playing posture, they'd say, "Now that's how NOT to sit!" - but... I have to sit so's my back's comfortable. Had a LOT of lower back pain the last year or so, it's down to a badly displaced vertebra - turns out (phew!) I don't need surgery, at least yet - and intensive physio should stop it from getting worse. Down side to that is, I'm a lazy bugger - don't mind raising my left arm to bring a pint glass to my lips, but that's about it. Seems like I'll have to change, though.....

Funny thing though, a few years ago I couldn't play standing up at all - now I virtually HAVE to stand up. At least if I want to play for any length of time. If I sit down and play, my legs /feet tend to go numb. Even funnier thing - I never, ever feel ANY back pain while I'm standing up playing guitar ( or bass) - it's almost as if I'm transported to a different world (Planet Music?) where playing guitar negates any back pain - it's as if I'm taken out of my earthly body, and I'm watching myself from a different plane of existence. I'll feel it the morning after - but I can live with that. It's a small price to pay.

:D :D :D

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(@alangreen)
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Well, last night I was practising in the kitchen while I was cooking dinner. Spag Bol tends to look after itself but I don't trust it enough to leave it alone.

Normally, I play in the dining room. this is a carry over from our last house, where the dining room was downstairs and the lounge upstairs, and we used to sit downstairs and talk after we'd eaten. I have six guitars in there which have to be moved if we have dinner guests.

The PC and recording gear is in the study, and I tend to practise in there at weekends; especially whilst Kath's running the hoover around.

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(@trguitar)
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Well in the "Man Cave" of course! 8) 20x20 garage, insulated and connected to the house for the express purpose of my enjoyment. Did the work last August. It boasts a pool table and dart board as well as a small refridgerator for frosted barley pops.

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(@joehempel)
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Well in the "Man Cave" of course!

Is that where the No Ma'am meets are held too?

I play, well, wherever when the wife isn't home, if she is, then I don't play.

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(@dogbite)
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the man cave is getting all kinds of appointments; from the skull and daggers to the dart board. what? no beer frig?
cool post. thanks Vic.
like you all that have multiple instruments, mine are all over the house. I main practice area now has become my recording area. I have most of my guitars and effects and amps in the upstairs attic rooms. the attic is an expansion fully insulated and walled. my bedroom is up there as well as a bath and walk in closet. (sounds like a real estate description). my computer, recording gear, monitors are a top a table made from a hollow door. it is on pedestal legs i sawed off a an dining room table. the angled ceilings have my persian rugs pinned on them to deaden the hard surfaces. very hippie looking up hear. cool.
where I watch the telly I have my ukes lying about. I grab one during commercial breaks. four strings a amazing.
when my friends visit we always jam in the dining room. I guess we like to stand. there is a hanging chandelier in there that gets bonked quite a bit. ( I live in an old Craftsman style house built in 1914. lots of woodwork and plaster walls.)

my guest bedroom hold most of the guitar cases and my ouds and lap steel collection. I don't play in thete.

growing up my bedroom was my main rock stage.
now, living alone, I can do whatever I want.
the neighbors never complain about the 'noise'.

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 KR2
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Someplace we hardly ever use anymore . . . the dining room.
Got my amps on a box one of the amps came in . . . to elevate them off the floor . . .
and I can reach the control knobs more easily.
Getting kind of messy with all the sheet music, capos, picks, notebook, tuner, more sheet music, iPod, cables, webcam, lesson books, music stand, headphones, guitar holder, two guitars . . .
I'm surprised the wife lets me get away with it.
I guess she knows our friends understand my . . . ummm . . . needs? . . . complexities? . . . lifestyle (or lack of).

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(@minotaur)
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As I lamented in another post, I'm pretty much limited to the bedroom. It's a two bedroom house with no family room or den, basement or the like. The garage is just too cold. For the most part the bedroom works because, the house being so small, the computer is in the bedroom. I use the computer for iTunes and internet videos when playing and practicing. So in that regard it all works out.

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(@notes_norton)
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On stage, of course!!!

After all, if you can't practice on stage, where can you practice?

OK, I do a lot of practicing on stage since I gig for a living, but I do have to practice at home, too.

Since I have both a Gibson ES-330 and an Epiphone Casino, and since they are both hollow body acoustics, I can practice anywhere I like. I do also have a small practice amp at home and the same FX/Amp-Sim pedal I use on stage. We don't watch TV here in our house, so I can practice anywhere I like, in my studio if I am learning a new tune, in the living room if I am practicing with Leilani (my wife, and duo partner) or anywhere else I choose.

Really, it doesn't matter where you practice as much as it matters how often you practice ;)

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Well I'm like TR I also have a Man Cave, it's the finished basement of my house. the rooms about 20 x 30 ish maybe a bit bigger.

I have all my guitars, the PA system, drums, MIC's etc., bathroom, dartboard, TV, couch, heat, carpeting, air conditioning.

This is more than a Man Cave this is my whole existence..Ha

The beer is in the fridge in the garage which is down a short hallway.

Spend most of my time down there after work, either working, playing music or hanging out with my buddies. The wife doesn't mind she stays upstairs and watches TV so we never fight over what to watch.

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