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are we going to drive our fellow residence nuts listening to our music?

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Depends how far apart your houses are. Since you live in Australia Im guessing your house is like a quarter acre, thats large enough so that you next door neighbours cant hear you practising unless you're in your backyard/playing in the open. If you live somewhere where the house density is higher (eg apartments) then chances are, you're neighbours might get mad. If they don't write a letter of complaint to you though, then its all good so keep fiddling. Oh yea and try not to fiddle in the middle of the night. (OMG I RHYMED!)

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You can get practice mutes if necessary.

These thick ones work great.

 

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I don't practice after 9:30pm to respect my neighbours. I just bought the mute that the fiddlerman posted a couple weeks ago, so now I could practice any time I wanted to. It really works great! In addition, it probably save my hearing!

BTW, fiddlerman, can i use that mute for my daughter's 1/4 size violin? After hearing how loud my violin is under my ear, I began to worry about her hearing loss down the road. If not, do you have any recommendation? I don't know how well a regular ear plug work and how well she would like it.

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i do live in an apartment so i guess i will have to try and get a mute thank you. i will have to play during the day and afternoon and i think i will be ok. thanks

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Hey PKy,

   They have a mute for a fiddle? Where did you get yours from. I could use that so as not to wake anyone up when I'm practicing at 2am.

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pky said:

BTW, fiddlerman, can i use that mute for my daughter's 1/4 size violin? After hearing how loud my violin is under my ear, I began to worry about her hearing loss down the road. If not, do you have any recommendation? I don't know how well a regular ear plug work and how well she would like it.

I know it wasn't directed at me but anyways here are my 2 cents worth:

I have some rubber mutes too… one of them covers all four strings over the bridge area but i think that might be for a full size violin only? not too sure but i have another type that sits between two strings and you have have it attached and put it on or take it off whenever and i think it fits all violins, looks like this

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TerryG said:

Hey PKy,

   They have a mute for a fiddle? Where did you get yours from. I could use that so as not to wake anyone up when I'm practicing at 2am.

There are many types of violin mutes. I got mine from ebay (but beware, mine had a really strong rubbery smell at first which I had to air out for a bit)

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I got my mute from nsa, it's exactly like the picture the fiddlerman showed on post 3. It cuts down the volume by about 80%. I love it.

http://www.nsamusicsupplies.co.....tice-mute/

The one that Chinny has, I think it changes the tone more than it cuts down the volume. My daughter's teacher has one similar (or identical?) to that one, she demonstrated it, I didn't think it cut down much, may be more or less 20%.

 

Chinny, i tried my mute on my daughter's violin, it's too big. i probably have to get her a different one.

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what size is her violin? thats why i suggested the one that hangs off two strings because i think that can be used on smaller sized violins too

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Thanks pky. I'm going to order one. Then to find a good clip on tuner.

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hey barry what do you mean by 'wrap bridges with extended use'? Guess its good that i have a full rubber mute, but it sounds funny and muting the notes seem to throw my hearing perception off dazed

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Barry said:

Not to over ride your advice, but Id suggest staying away from metal mutes, The rubber full mutes are just as good and the heavy metal ones have been known to wrap bridges with extended use

No problem Barry.

I never tried the rubber practice mutes. I was told that they are not as effective. I should probably test one someday. My bridge is made of pretty hard wood and has no show from the mute yet. I know many bridges are softer. I don't push it on too tightly though.

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I think he just made a little typo Chinny, "warp". I think I need to get a mute too cause last night my wife was getting a little irritated trying to watch her Friday night tv shows and I was going over and over on scales.

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Yea i figured that after reading fiddlermans reply. sometimes if i really feel like picking up my violin at night and i cant play it because of people sleeping or studying etc, i just hold it like a guitar and pizzicato the piece im working on. sleep

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myguitarnow said:

I think I need to get a mute too cause last night my wife was getting a little irritated trying to watch her Friday night tv shows and I was going over and over on scales.

Or why not invest in a wireless headset for your wife to listen to the shows. Not that she doesn't have a right to get irritated but it might be a better solution.

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My violin teacher insist that i have to play loud (on acoustic violin! without mutes!). I live in apartment and can only imagine what my poor neighbours have to listen to! Sometimes i'm cheating, playing e-violin, but my teacher finds it out somehow by my playing.... devil-violindevil-violindevil-violin

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Did he tell you what the deference was in your playing. I'm thinking about getting an e violin and wonder how it will affect my playing.

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Mad_Wed said:

My violin teacher insist that i have to play loud (on acoustic violin! without mutes!). I live in apartment and can only imagine what my poor neighbours have to listen to! Sometimes i'm cheating, playing e-violin, but my teacher finds it out somehow by my playing.... devil-violindevil-violindevil-violin

He is guessing exactly Next time you see him, tell him that you have been playing very strong dynamics all week and I guarantee he will say, "I can tell".

Just make sure you practice the electric with strong dynamics too.laugh

PS. Off the record. roflol

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Thanks! rofl I hope it'll work, or else .. b-slap (i will  be the yellow one)

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