July 10, 2013 at 2:00 AMOver the past several months during my remodel, my practice space has been confined to an acoustically dead bedroom. It has carpet, curtains, and everything you can imagine that swallows sound. Practicing has been a chore. I've had a hard time hearing myself, and little things like intonation and motivation suffered.
Then the wood floors were laid in my music room. Though unfinished, I couldn't resist. I drug out a music stand and my viola and started with a simple scale. Oh my! For the first time in months I was able to truly hear myself play again. Boy did my intonation suffer! I practiced until the late hours of the evening to start work on correcting what suffered.
I now understand why orchestral musicians complain about their halls.
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