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It can be frustrating when you’re trying to practice your instrument but you can’t find a place to get some quiet time. Not only that, if you live with others or have neighbors close by, you will sometimes (more often than not) get complaints from neighbors or family members to play softer. All this can almost make you feel hesitant to practice in the first place. Fortunately, we have come up with some advice that can help you get the most out of a quiet, focused practice session.
Choose the Right Room
Choosing the appropriate room for your rehearsal space is the very first step.
Think about the instrument(s) you or your group are using. Drums and bass are going to have different acoustical solutions than guitars and violins. Luckily, acoustic treatments can be customizable and even fun to come up with.
When choosing which room in the house to rehearse, aim for a room with thick walls, which are going to keep sound from going room to room. Your sound will be heard more clearly and outside noise complaints will be kept on the low.
Try finding a room that is already furnished to lower the reverberation. When practicing in a garage or an empty basement, you can ruin your practice session from all the sound bouncing off the walls.
If you are having problems with reverberation, there are several things you can do. You can always simply move furniture from one room to your practice room, which will absorb the sound without you having to spend a penny. Adding tapestries or decorative blankets to your walls can also be a great way to absorb sound while decorating your space.
If you want to go further and spend a bit of money, you can always look to acoustic panels and absorption foam to really help with your problem. These products can also be customized to fit your room decor.
Keeping Your Sound Inside
Typically anyone that has to rehearse a musical instrument knows the frustrating complaints from people outside. Whether it’s your family or neighbors, it’s just as important to be respectful of other’s peace of mind as it is to hear every detail of your musical piece.
If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, acoustic curtains would probably be your best go-to. You can get very technical and go as far as installing soundproof windows or seals to your door but there are simpler solutions. If your problem is coming more from inside the home or building, consider an acoustic door panel that hangs over your door frame, blocking sound from room to room.