Friday, April 10, 2009

Music while practicing

The other day I was reading on a blog by John Chow, about a contest sponsored by, where other bloggers can win $ 4,000 in cash just by doing a review of their radiostations.

I thought this was something I could join, since when I am practicing pool the radio is always on. The last couple of days I have not used my regular radio, but instead listened to a few selected of the hundreds of stations available on OnlineRadioStations. Since I am practicing on my own table, I could bring my lap-top and loudspeakers and listen to the kind of music I like.

I have mostly listened to channels where they play music of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and music like that, and I haven't been dissapointed about the selections I found on OnlineRadioStations.

Anyway, this contest made me curious about how other poolplayers do when practicing pool alone. I know many players like to use iPod's when practicing, but I have never liked to practice using iPod. I enjoy listening to the sound of the chalk, the tip hitting the cueball, balls hitting eachother, and finally the ball dropping in the pocket. When using iPod during play I have felt that something is missing, and for me the sound of pool is a big part of the "whole package" of playing pool, and it wouldn't be as stimulating and relaxing without the sounds I have become so familiar with.

If I played pool using headsets I think I would have missed all the barking and woofing of the other players at the poolhall, and it would have made me crazy trying to figure out what people were talking about all the time :D

During Derby City Classic I saw a player with big headsets (sp?) on during his matches. I had never seen anything like that before, and especially not during a tournament. That would not be allowed on Norwegian tournaments. Another player used iPod during his match, and his opponent actually had to tell him to reduce the volume because it bothered him when he was at the table. It would probably bothered me too if my opponent used iPod during a match, so I don't blame him.

Personally I prefer having the music on in the background, and when playing my best pool music by the already mentioned artists are normally on loud, mixed with songs by Guns N'Roses, Dire Straits and U2. My favourite artist to listen to, no matter what I do, is Bob Dylan.

If I ever start another poolhall I can guarantee you that it will be that kind of music in the background. Perhaps it will end up with only me playing there, but atleast I will have a good time :D

1 kommentarer:

Anonymous said...

A lot of the new rms openeng in USA have music streaming - I have found that once you are shooting and get into the zone you don't really pay much attention to the music but it should be a low background music and juke-boxes should not be allowed as they are too loud. A large popular rm in my area actually has a DJ on FRI-SAT nites and it is like a "nite club" atmosphere and I don't like it.

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