Help me stop torturing the neighbours.
September 12, 2010 6:52 AM Subscribe
Can you recommend a good place to practise music that is free, and more importantly, private?
posted by Spamfactor to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total)
I've been practising a musical instrument in my flat for several weeks now, and I've been getting increasingly conscious of the fact that I must be bothering the neighbours. At first I was comforted by the knowledge that my neighbours aren't very considerate themselves. They often play very loud, thumping music throughout the day, and they have a dog with abandonment issues which barks constantly whenever they leave the house (actually as I write this I can hear him). Not to mention the occasional loud party late at night. I don't mind all this too much though so I no longer feel justified in inflicting my efforts on them, and knowing that they can almost certainly hear my shaky beginner's practising is starting to make me feel really self-conscious. Naturally I only practise during reasonable hours and try to be considerate, but my flat is very small so it's tricky.
I should point out that the instrument I'm learning is the blues harmonica. Unfortunately this seems to be one of those instruments which, unless you're very very good, can be truly painful to listen to. So I'd really appreciate any suggestions for where I could practise that's private and I can keep trying to improve without feeling self-conscious or bothering anyone. It can be indoors or outdoors.
p.s. I've checked out this thread
which has lots of good advice, but most of the answers are geared towards playing publicly or in busy parks, which I'd rather avoid. But I live in Glasgow so there are plenty of parks for this to become an option later on.