As a musician, you know that practice makes perfect. However, when living in an apartment community, you should be courteous of your neighbors. If you need to practice your instrument but don’t want to bother those around you, keep reading to discover some helpful tips and tricks that can help to keep everyone happy.
Communicate With Them
Talking to your neighbors about noise is a great way to start things off. Approach them about the topic nicely and ask if there are any particular times when you won’t be a bother, perhaps while they're at work. Keep in mind that not everyone is on the same schedule, so your neighbors who work the night shift might not appreciate your mid-day music jams. Communication is vital and will show them that you are considerate and understanding.
Use Headphones When Possible
While you may love using an amplifier to play your music loud and proud, but not everyone wants to hear it. If headphones are an option, it might be wise to utilize them, at least sometimes. Headphones can’t be used for all instruments, but if it's an option, doing so is the polite thing to do.
Invest in a Practice Kit
If you are a drummer, having a full-size drum set in your apartment just might not be practical due to size and noise. Instead, consider investing in a practice set with electronic pads. Doing so will allow you to continue to practice at home without quite as much noise and disturbance — you can use headphones and it’s easier to move and transport.
Just some simple courtesy can go a long way. When practicing instruments, be mindful of your neighbors. Honor the noise restrictions and hours in your apartment community. Don’t practice early in the morning or late at night when other people are sleeping, and remember to monitor how long you rehearse for. Basically, when in doubt, use the Golden Rule.
Having neighbors doesn’t mean you can’t practice your instrument at home. Continue to pursue your musical goals while being courteous to those around you. Have any other helpful tips or tricks regarding practising your music at home? Share them with us in the comments below.