Drum and Band Practice

If you practice the drums or in a band at home try to keep the volume down and keep windows and doors shut. Garages, sheds, conservatories and lofts or attics are often poorly insulated structures and provide less than ideal locations for practice and you should never practice in a room adjoining a party wall.

If you play drums try using practice pads, which are rubber discs that are placed on the top of the drum skins, and cymbals. The centre section responds to the drumstick with a similar feel & bounce as the actual drum head. The practice pad set may reduce the sound output of the drum set and cymbals by up to 90%.

The drum kit could also be put onto a thick rubber or a dense foam mat to reduce noise transmission through the floor e.g. old underlay or carpet.

Talk to your neighbours to see if you can reach an agreement about practice times. Avoid practicing early in the morning (before 9am) or in the evening (after 7pm) and at night, when people are trying to relax or sleep. Reduce the length of time you practice. Any more than thirty minutes at a time is likely to become annoying to your neighbours and may lead to a nuisance.

If you need to practice regularly, for example as part of a band, then it will probably be necessary for you to consider finding an alternative venue such as a suitable rehearsal room or studio.
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