Tubbers wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:55 pm
2handband wrote:Apartment living is the worst thing ever, on a lot more levels than just your guitar playing. Think twice.
I swore I'd never
live in another apartment.
Funny, for those of us in large cities, we have no choice but to live in an apartment. There are good apartments and there are bad apartments. We must have looked at thirty apartments before choosing our current place.
In eight years I've lived here, nobody had ever said a word about my guitar playing. It helps that we're on the top floor. It also helps that the building is prewar (WWII) and has thick plaster walls, not drywall, and that my practice room does not share walls with any other apartment.
I'm always courteous in terms of when I play, never before
9:30am, and never after 10pm. I only play classical guitar, never electric, and I just don't think people hear my playing or pay it any mind.
Recently, I bought a rowing machine to stay in shape and put down thick rubber gym tiles, the ones you buy as puzzle pieces. I thought the downstairs neighbors would be upset but, so far, not a word. I work from home so it likely that my 11am workouts go unheard.
Years ago, I lived in another building, also prewar, but at the time, I was studying the violin. I had a small practice room up against the stairwell, and I hung heavy sound blocking curtains over the door but people on the floor could still hear my playing. A violin penetrates in a way that a classical guitar does not. A woman on the elevator one morning told me she liked my playing. Oh, an audience!
At some point, you just have to accept that you have to tolerate some noise and that you have the right to make some noise. There was a New Yorker magazine cover that showed the police arresting a saxophone player who was playing in his building while there were horrible crimes and scenes of domestic abuse going on in other apartments. We should keep things in perspective.
With all the trouble in the world, I say, play on.