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How to Practice the Drums and Save the Neighbors

Jul 23, 2008
Playing drums can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. The problem is that playing drums can be noisy. If you have a set, and you live with someone, or in an apartment, you as well as I know that it can be a challenge to get in the rudimentary practice and really work things out when you are too worried about getting complaints... or worse off, you already have complaints. Here are three simple things you can do to be able to continue practicing the drums without getting killed by the neighbors or your wife!

One thing to remember, there are different ways to practice the drums and not all of the required to be on your drum set. Either way, take a look at for the things that you can do right now.

The first thing you should do is communicate. You'd be surprised at how accommodating people can be if you just ask. Here are a few things that you want to ask. Speak with your neighbors and find out when they are usually not home. Ask them if there is a particular time that they wouldn't mind you practicing. Explain to them what you are doing and that you are concerned about them. It is surprising, but just by communicating and being considerate you may often find that your neighbors are more than willing to accommodate you and your practice.

The second thing you can do is invest in drum cymbal mutes. There are a lot of different kinds of mutes that are out there and you should check out your music store for the different Fridays. There are popular versions in these versions are rubber pads that go over your drum heads. When you practicing a hit in the drum heads all you hear is a very dull thumping sound. The other thing you can do is put sheets over your cymbals, or you can invest in mesh drum heads. Mesh drum heads are really good but they are expensive and you have to change them every time you use your drums.

Another thing you can do is make sure your set is on a thick shag carpet that will help me in some of the noise. What I did was purchase an electronic drum set because I live in a small apartment and I can use a set of earphones with my electronic drum set and it helps keep the noise down quite a bit. There's a lot of debate about electronic drum sets because pure drummers feel the drums should be in a acoustic instrument. While I agree with that, these drum sets are just for practice. I use an acoustic drum said what I'm playing live gigs, but the electronics and works perfectly for practice.

The third thing you can do is soundproof your practice room. To truly soundproof aroma, you would need to make sure that no vibration gets out of the room. That gets very expensive, but there are some simple things that you can do to help.

You can easily create your own soundproof room with some carpet scraps. I have built a practice studio in a garage and in the studio is build with actual double walls, so there is a set of walls inside a the walls in the garage. In between the two walls I have layers of insulation. On the inside of the practice room, I have used carpet scraps that are attached to the walls. I was able to get really inexpensive carpet scraps from my nearby home improvement store.

The last thing to remember is that again, the real mission of practicing drums is so you can improve your coordination and muscle memory. Because of this, worse case scenario you don't even need a drum set. You can easily practice drums with a pair of sticks a couple of cushions sitting at a chair. Anyone who says they can't practice drums because they can't use a real set is not serious enough about getting better. So, go get your sticks grab a chair, and practice those rudiments.
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