Dampening Your Piano's Sound

A piano in your home is an incredible luxury, yet sometimes we are met with the peculiar task of being forced to quiet and dull the power that the keys are able to produce. Whether you have a sleeping baby, a parent who has run out of patience or a neighbor who isn't taking your piano practicing as seriously as you wish they would, you've sometimes got to find a way to lessen the epic life-sized sound behind each note. 

Picture your gorgeous musical instrument as flowing water. It’s first important to consider the space that your piano is near. Is it near an open window or an adjoining wall? Tucked away in a space farthest away from potential commotion is the wisest choice. If you’re on an open country field, then have fun and go wild with where you choose your placement! If you’re like the rest of us and need to be particular with this, then we suggest to cheap out on the looks of the piano and focus in on where it will be the least troublesome for those living in close proximity, even those in your own home! Consider keeping it away from the bedrooms and the space that is often used for activities that may provide a distraction to one another.

A piano, as grand of a physical stature as it always is, no matter what form it comes in, with that also comes the bellowing that is incredibly pronounced and almost out of control. One of the main most wonderful tips that we can really get behind is to cut the amount of echo in your space. If you have wood floors, consider putting the piano on top of a rug that is quite thick and can soak up a lot of that roar. Keeping your piano in a room with a lot of fabric furniture is additionally a wise decision if the volume output is of concern. This could mean closeby to a couch, a set of fabric chairs, or perhaps in a room with some thick curtains. This can really contain a lot of what the piano can produce.

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Now when it comes to attempting to alter the space directly surrounding the piano itself, this is when moving blankets and foam padding can come in handy. Be sure to treat the base of the piano with a rug or something similar of the sort, however be sure to maintain a flat surface for the piano bench, as this can create many different issues. The moving blanket and/or foam can be placed directly adjacent to the back of the piano itself and should be a wonderful job at masking the force that your piano can really reach. This will allow you to play your piano to your heart’s content and really rock out and practice to the fullest, without driving your neighbor wild. 

If you’re in need of letting your piano roar a little less loudly, then attempt to adopt a few of these tips and tricks and you may soon find that you’re able to control the sound of this massive creature, thus allowing you to play it more often and throughout more times in your day. Being strategic about how your musicianship will practically affect those who live around you will end up saving you in the end. If you do not attempt to control and minimize the effects that your playing may have on your neighbors, you may end up being forced to and nobody wants that! A little bit of problem solving, preventative planning and care for others peace and quiet will go a long way.