Considering the neighbours?
There have been discussions of late regarding loudness of ITM instruments or how one can hear oneself play within a session. Does anyone ever consider moderating their volume when practicing at home? Why you may ask? Well, I have recently considered this after my wife commented that she could hear me play from our neighbour’s place.
Let me set the scene. We live in a house built in the late 1800’s. This Victorian style of house has shared common boundary walls. Hence, I live in close proximity to my neighbours. We have learnt over time that there are certains sounds that can be heard on occassion through walls. As examples a telephone answering machine or some coughing. For those thinking about it - I cannot say that I’ve heard the ol’ horizontal folk dancing. BTW my neighbours on either side are fantastic and I could not ask for better.
Anyway on this particular day I was belting out a few tunes on the whistle. My wife on her return said that she could hear my playing through the wall. She was unable to say how clear or how loud my playing sounded. Perhaps she just wanted me to shutup. Since then I have taken to considering my neighbours when I play - hence I attempt to moderate my playing volume.
These techniques have included - mainly playing my "quietest" whistle for most tunes, playing my louder whistles on tunes predominately with notes in the lower octave, not playing tunes with too many notes above octave G (this is not a big deal as I find tunes with alot of high A’s and B’s grating irrespective of whether they are played on a cheap or expensive whistle), covering the air way to "deaden" the sound in a Joanie Madden Songs of the Irish Whistle effect, not playing after early evening, not playing for more than half an hour. You probably get the jist.
A drawback to this consideration when practicing at home could be the erosion of my enjoyment of playing ITM. THere may be other negative aspects. Anyone else had a similar experience or needed to moderate their volume?