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    What's your practice room like?

    Where do you all do most of your practicing? Are the acoustics pretty alive or dead? What do you prefer?


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    Mezzo Piano User Martin Williams's Avatar
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    Theres a few places I get to practice.

    1.) Dorm: it sucks, gotta use the silent brass most of the time. It gets worse when I practice my sax or another woodwind, since there is no way to mute it.

    2.) Practice rooms in the music school: I dont think they've been cleaned in years, the heat is never off and the AC doesnt work, not fun. very little echo in the rooms, but the walls are paper thin, so I can be practicing marching band trumpet stuff, or the Ibert Conertino da camera on sax, next to a precusion major or maybe a violin player, and gah!...

    3.) Marching band rehearsal hall, or the trumpet room. THE BEST options I can get, but not often.

    4.) I teach lessons in a music store, I sometimes practice between lessons, thats kinda fun. sometimes I get little kids, noses pressed to the glass on the door with awed look that is sooooooooo cute, you know what Im talkin about?

    thats about it for me

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    Since I am out of work, I have the opportunity to practice in our greatroom of our log house. Since most of my music is set up in my office/ laundryroom, I share the practice session there, where the accoustics are still good, but considerably less than the greatroom.

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    Most often the band room, because that's where I work...acoustically, not the best. Not a whole lot of ring in there, except for the cymbals (especially on an A) and bells.

    Sometimes the school auditorium (when noone is here).

    Sometimes a stairwell (again, when noone is here).

    Sometimes I go to Crane and break into a hall or rehearsal room there...

    Sometimes my bedroom (really dead) or the kitchen (really live).
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    I practice in my garage because it lets the horn ring a bit. It sure sucks though during the cold Utah winters!


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    My basement studio. Tile floor, but paneling over the concrete walls, finished ceiling. Just enough reverb without getting too boomy or dead.

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    The loft of my house which overlooks the great room. Until my studio in the building out back is finished, this is where I practice most of the time. Since it is all wood, I can point my bell where the ceiling meets the wall and hear myself "dry" or point it over the great room with the high ceiling and there is plenty of ring. Wood is a "dry" environment to begin with, so I don't have any over reverberation to cover up inadequacies.

    I have many things around me that make me smile and feel warm. Photos and art. I even burn candles and light incense when I practice sometimes. It just helps put me in a wonderful state of mind.

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    Mezzo Forte User Clarence's Avatar
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    The studio den,the living room,the bed room.
    I would say basicly all around the house.
    I have a habit of walking from room to room sometimes,and stop by the bathroom for some reverb.
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    I guess I am lucky. My practice room/studio (I teach a fair number of aspiring trumpeters at home as well as at university) is the combined formal parlor and dining room of my old Victorian era home. With 10 foot ceilings, plaster and lath walls,heart of pine floors, and an area of @ 40X20, I have a wonderful space. The entire space is filled with antiques, oriental rugs on the floor, and has marvelous acoustics.

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