When living in an apartment, townhouse, or anywhere with close neighbors, what time do you find works to start practice and what time do you think is best to cut off practicing?
Common courtesy would dictate that we should not make excessive noise while neighbors or other people in the house or apartment are trying to sleep. The best way to ensure harmony (so to speak!) with neighbors and roommates is to communicate and agree upon the parameters.
Beyond that, many cities have ordinances that actually dictate what time you can begin making noise in the morning and what time you must end and night. Fortunately for string players, our instruments are relatively quiet and often don't exceed the decibels requires to call the police on us! Still, I've heard of incidents when neighbors complain to landlords or even try to bring a suit against a musician, even a string player. And certainly it's a concern for those who play louder instruments, like the trumpet or drums.
What are the limits that you put on your own practice, as far as how early to start or how late to finish? Have you even had a complaint from a neighbor, roommate or family member about the hours you practice? Have you ever had to deal with a more serious complaint that threatened your livelihood or living situation? How did you resolve it? Please participate in the vote, rounding to the nearest hour, and then share your thoughts in the comments.
Thank you to Michael Kennedy for the idea for this week's vote. I always welcome your ideas! If you have one, please click here to e-mail me.
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