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QUESTION: Hi Lynne,

      I am currently considering purchasing my first Acoustic Drum Set. I was a little curious about the noise level. I understand that the Drums can be very loud. I live in a modest size home with double panel windows. Realistically, will practicing disturb my neighbors? Would they be able to hear me from their area? The last thing that I want to do create any unpleasant  noise.

Thanks!
Glenn

ANSWER: Hi, Glenn--

Yes, acoustic drums are loud. You can purchase pads for the snare drum and the toms. You can also put a big pillow or a blanket in front of the bass drum. The cymbals really do not carry that well for long distances.

Another solution is to get a plexiglass enclosure for your drums. That will keep almost all of the volume within the enclosure.

If you have a separate room for your drums, you could put soundproofing on the walls and that should take care of the problem.

I think that the best thing to do is to start with the least expensive options and then consult with your neighbors about the effectiveness. They will appreciate that you are trying to avoid any invasive sounds.

Finally, the obvious option is to go with electronic drums so that you can use headphones.  The other advantage to electronics is that you can achieve a bigger variety of sounds.

Once you get your drums set up and start learning songs, you will want to check out our Drum Transcription Service. You can see our very large inventory and even order custom transcriptions at:

http://www.almost-free-drum-tabs.com

Best Wishes,
Lynne
http://www.may-studio-music-lessons.com




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QUESTION: Hi Lynne,
         Any chance that a smaller acoustic drum kit, like the Taye spotlight or Pearl's rhythm travler, might produce less noise compared to a larger drum set?

Thanks!
Glenn

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Hi, Glen--

The Rhythm Traveler comes with silent mesh muffle heads and plastic cymbals that are reported to deliver realistic response and to be very quiet.

Sounds like this kit might just be the solution for you!

Lynne
http://www.almost-free-drum-tabs.com

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