A musician’s work is never done. Regular practicing is a must in order to stay in top playing condition. But you may not always have access to a practice room or outside studio. Practicing at home is typically the most convenient and cost-effective way to keep up with your craft. However, your neighbors may not be as delighted to hear your music. Whether you’re a trained professional or an enthusiastic amateur, it’s important to keep the peace while playing. Here are three ways for musicians to get the most out of practicing in the comfort of their own homes — while keeping their neighbors’ annoyance at a minimum.
It may be the priciest option on the list, but it’s also the most effective. If you own your home or have permission to make changes to your apartment, you may want to think about investing in some acoustic building products. If you have a designated practice room, you can easily put up an acoustic wall covering to muffle some of the noise. If you want to make a bigger impact, you might want to get some soundproof wall panels or think about acoustic ceiling panels. Although it’s nearly impossible to obtain a 100% soundproof room, sound insulation panels and other acoustic building products will go a long way in terms of sound seepage. If this is a viable option for you, get in touch with an expert who has an extensive background in soundproofing and acoustic building products.
- Stick to business hours
Although many musicians have less-than-conventional working hours, your neighbors will appreciate you confining your practicing during the normal business day when possible. They’ll be much less likely to complain when you’re rehearsing at 2 o’clock in the afternoon than at midnight. Even if they enjoy hearing your music during the daytime, they’re not going to be so thrilled if you keep them from getting a good night’s sleep. Be courteous and conscious of other people’s schedules before you pick up your instrument.
- Open communication
If you can’t afford sound insulation panels and find it impossible to practice during the 9-5 work day, you need to at least be communicative with your neighbors about it. If you manage to practice empathy along with your music, your neighbors may be more understanding. Acknowledge that you understand the situation isn’t ideal and that you’ll make an effort to practice elsewhere when you can. Explain that your actions aren’t thoughtless or selfish. Whether you’re in school, have an important gig in the future, or make your living playing with an orchestra, practicing is necessary for your success. Be willing to work together with them and compromise when needed.