Hello again. I was very pleased and happy with all responses I got in my other thread. There is another question I have. How do you practice late? I arrive late from work and I have fear to disturb at 11-12pm. I use metal mute, but I do not know if it is enough. My violin is very loud.
I also see there exist electric violins for practice like yamaha but I do not know if they are good for not disturb.
Do you practice late? How? Mute? Electric? Pizzicato?
Thank you again. I still reading all answers. You are very kind!
If I had to practice late and could afford one, I would use an electric violin (i.e., "silent violin") I would set it up with head phones so I could hear what I was doing.
with my neighours I have trouble practicing at all. I am actually considering an extension to the side of my house because of them.
If things are that bad you could check into soundproofing methods:
Back in the 1980’s was in the same position. Bought a Zeta Strados electric violin. Did not work out as planned. It never sounded like a violin and when unamplified it was useless as the sound was like a mosquito and pitches were ambiguous. As Buri said maybe things have gotten better in the past 40 years
If you get home from work late, why don't you practice early before you work? Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your music. Personally, I enjoy the morning the best for practicing.
Yamaha Silent Practice Violin?
If a violin is played one handed in a forest will the monkeys continue to fall out of the trees?
A violin isn't as loud as you might think it is. Volume under your ear is not the same as projection. There's a good chance that if you live in an apartment, your next-door neighbor can't hear you practice, despite your worries -- even if you don't mute.
Lydia makes a good point. When I was still able to play my violin my neighbors in my apartment swore they couldn't hear me - though right next door they could hear me, sometimes, in their bathroom. Has to do with how the building is laid out. My teacher kept telling me that wasn't a problem but it took me a long time to really believe that.
I've tried four-prong metal hotel mutes, bronze(?) three prongs, wooden three prongs, tourtes and currently I'm experimenting with a wmutes (so far I'm liking it the most, but perhaps because it's the most expensive?!). I absolutely hate the 4 pronged metal hotel mute, makes the violin sound very tinny/buzzy, mutes way to much and I find I'm tired after playing with it. The wmutes seems to mute also quite a lot but doesn't make the violin sound so bad. Maybe that's the way to go?