Rognvald wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:38 pm
When playing in a former time as a tenor sax player, I was verbally harassed by screaming neighbors pounding on floors, walls, etc. in every apartment in which I lived. I tried to ignore them, but it was impossible. So, until I found another apartment, I used to practice, with permission, at a local college in their rehearsal rooms. They were very sympathetic to my cause and I usually practiced at odd hours when the students were not using the rooms. I did this for about 6 months until I found an apartment in the home of Peter J. Zalubas--principal bassist for the Chicago Lyric Opera. He was delighted to have a "honker" in the house and I lived there until moving on to another life. Playing again . . . Rognvald
Cool story, sorry you were harassed. Sonny Rollins took his tenor sax out to the Manhattan Bridge and practiced there, eventually recording an album entitled The Bridge.
I miss the trumpet player who I could hear from my apartment window. Maybe he went off to school.
How many hours a day did you practice? I think people who live in apartments should tolerate some noise from their neighbors. There are far worse things than listening to someone practice an instrument.
A few months ago, I put a rowing machine in my New York City apartment. It sounds sort of like a turbine when I crank it up. I can't last more than half an hour on the thing. I put down a rubber gym mat and, so far, not a peep out of the downstairs neighbor. I only run it during the day when they're probably away.
Here is one of the world's best rowers training on one: