Tagged: practice mute
August 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm #17534
I live in a townhome and the walls are kinda thin. I practice with a mute quite a bit and was wondering if there are any negatives to this.
IanAugust 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm #17553
I think one of the negatives is that you get used to the “muted” sound and when you take it off it is scary. At least that is what I had found so I don’t practice with a mute any more unless absolutely necessary. It also hides a lot of imperfections that you really need to address. Of course that just applied to me since I am a beginner, I know that you better players out there wouldn’t have a problem with this.August 10, 2016 at 12:29 am #17558
I live in a small apartment, and I play quite a bit without a mute. My upstairs neighbor is very loud. I haven’t heard a complaint yet. When the babies are asleep, I have a metal mute that I use. It is kind of weird, but I think the mute causes me to relax my hands more.August 10, 2016 at 2:59 am #17564
Practice mutes can come in very handy! I use them a lot myself! They are great when you are traveling and have to stay in hotels, or if you live in an apartment or have family you might bother with late practice sessions etc. I use my mute when I am “working” on new music while my family is around. But once I am ready to start preparing a piece for performance, or fine tune my technique, off with the mute!
As mentioned by others, the mute does hide some imperfections and you will not be able to practice proper bow weight for the dynamic changes within the piece. The mute tends to hide some of the details that are so important in music. So I would not recommend always practicing with the mute. In fact, I would not do more than half of my playing with a mute. But if muted practice is your only option, make the most of it! You will still be able to move forward.
Violin Tutor Pro TeacherAugust 10, 2016 at 3:57 am #17573
Thanks everyone. I appreciate your time and responses. 🙂
IanAugust 11, 2016 at 5:04 am #17599
i have the problem. since i live in an appartement i always use the mute, and if i am taking it of, it scares me. the sound is so much louder. i dream of a house in the middle of a mountain, with no one aroundAugust 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm #17620
Aw, yes. I share your dream murakami sandy! The secluded country life is very appealing indeed!! 🙂
Could you try practicing without your mute in the middle of the day sometimes? Your neighbors may very well appreciate hearing your music more than you might think. I would try it! I practice outside frequently and my neighbors have often commented how much they enjoy hearing me practice. Even years ago when I was still learning. 😉
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