I was wondering if anyone here listens to music when they play pool like the Beatles or something like that?
- billiardsforum on 8/3/2008 10:14:15 AM
Listening to music while playing pool? Yes, while practicing, no while playing with others. As for what music, it really makes no difference to me. Nothing that puts me to sleep, and nothing that gets me so wired I can't even hold the cue steady.
If you play in a bar or pub, its a given that music will be playing in the background.
Actually this reminds me that you should check out an article that one of our members wrote about the distracting nature of today's pool halls.
- quickshot on 8/3/2008 8:52:27 PM
In any bar league you are bound to have music. If you are lucky it won't be rap surround sound. As for playing at home I can live with some music if it is not over bearing and loud. If I had my druthers, I would opt for no music. It may not distract me, but it may distract others.
- ChallengeChalkie on 7/27/2009 2:08:03 AM
At home, I try to play some soft music because personally i need all the concentration I can get. Soft music ie. classical or soft rock or even some alt rock, nothing along the lines of punk rock though lol. But at bars, its normally just whatever music and like quickshot said, if lucky it won't be any rap or something along those lines.
- Justanotherevolutionary on 7/27/2009 6:07:02 PM
wow this is an old post lol. Anyways, I like music in bars while waiting to play pool. Once I'm playing though I don't even hear it, even if it's the songs I played. As for home music, well, it's the same way really. Rage Against The Machine (personal favorite but not good for pool =D) or Johnny Cash, I really pay no mind while playing.
- Nursey1313 on 8/13/2009 12:38:31 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I HAVE to hear music most of the time, especially playing pool. I don't really care what kind except for classical or most country.
- gibson on 9/27/2009 11:35:10 AM
I won a big game in the pool hall when "Ask Me Why", but he Beatles was playing on the jukebox. So any time I hear that song it reminds me of winning. But, I like it as noisy as possible. If you play in a silent environment, any abrupt noise can distract your shooting.
- Bev Stayart on 6/29/2010 7:50:06 AM
I enjoy listening to music while playing billiards. It doesn't matter what type of music, as long as it is not too loud or distracting.
- vodkaman on 7/8/2010 12:45:46 AM
I mostly play bar pool on a 7' American style table. I am at the mercy of the music, but it never bothered me before, until I read this article. Last night I found myself whinging and moaning about the music, almost sorry I read the thread, LOL.
Thank You for the link in reply No1, was a great read. I feel sorry for you guys in the USA, having to put up with noisy pool halls. I live in Bandung, Indonesia. We have approximately 50 billiard halls. I haven't visited them all, but those I have are like libraries. No music, no sound on the TV. Just quiet banter from people who love the game.
People are very friendly and show respect. It takes five minutes of hand shaking before I get to a seat and wait for a table. Even though 90% of the players in the room can wipe the floor with me, they always throw a few games my way. I don't like this at all and demand that they give me their best game so that I can learn. They offer up advice when my technique is slipping and prevent me from forming bad habits.
Every table is managed by a girl, for keeping score and racking. Another boy wanders around, polishing the rails, so you do not have to put up with other peoples sticky hands. Another couple of boys wander around, keeping the floors clean, sweeping up the occasional stray cigarette butt (smoking still allowed) or sweet wrapper. A modest bar, supplying soft drinks and bottled beer. Only vary rarely would you see anyone who has drunk too much.
An in house technician, who maintains the tables and cues. For a small fee, he tips and services my cue. The cloths are rotated regularly and replaced before they become an irritation. The tables are very busy, so cloth wear reflects this. The cloths are all replaced during Ramadan, the month long religious holiday requires that all bars and pool halls are closed, the longest month of the year.
If you ever save up and want a billiards based holiday, I would recommend Bandung, but check the dates for Ramadan first.
- guest on 7/23/2010 12:32:57 PM
I always do that!
It kind of relaxes me...
- sophie hart on 12/4/2010 3:17:29 AM
Music can sometimes help me focus while shooting pool, but I like it mellow and soothing e.g. something like country music.
- guest on 2/26/2014 3:11:18 PM
In my experience the majority of pool players haven't really expanded their musical horizons.....
So let me give you suggestions...
Bob Dylan - Knocking on Heavens Door
Peter Frampton - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (yes frampton's version)
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Dirty Pool
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile Blues
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
Creedance Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
There's a few for ya.