If you’re living in a small space, the sound or beat of even a well-played instrument can disturb roommates, neighbors, and family. That’s why it’s especially important for beginning pianists to have a space to practice. One way to do this is to soundproof a specific area or room in your home. Here are a few tips to help.
You might also consider covering the windows, either with thick curtains or professional-grade acoustical sealant or budget-friendly foam weather stripping. Look into installing a soundproof liner for your heating/cooling ducts.
If the room you’ve chosen has hard surface areas, like granite countertops or hardwood floors, the sound will reflect. This means it will reverberate around the room until it runs out of energy, hitting the surfaces over and over again.
Soundproof against reflection by bringing in thick rugs or laying down carpeting, and consider hanging some material from the walls. Also install soundproofing materials throughout the room, including soundproof curtains or acoustic insulation. Be careful to avoid cheap alternatives, like egg crates or mattresses. These are ugly and ineffective.
Think critically about your practice space and avoid areas that share walls with neighbors. You might consider adding a false ceiling to give your upstairs neighbors additional relief. Additionally, think about replacing hollow doors with solid, heavy core ones. If it’s an option, consider moving your equipment to a shed or garage in the backyard.
If you’re into composing, playing and recording, maybe it’s time to turn your unused guest room into an at-home recording studio. In addition to our other soundproofing tips, focus on acoustic treatment options. These will help ensure that the music that stays in sounds the best.
Consider these tips and tricks to keeping your music sounding just right:
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