How to not piss off the cops (and maybe your neighbors, as a secondary benefit)

Playing drums in apartment:

Higher population today lives in urban than in house.

– even more so outside the U.S.

What about soundproofing? Is it a viable option?

The dreaded ‘talk’ with your neighbors. How to do it?

– danger is possibly getting a no, that could be worse

Electronic Kits, is it worth getting a ‘cheap one’?


– foam rings

– mesh heads

– DIY muffling

Practice pads, advise vs reality

Renting practice space?

How to not piss off the cops (and maybe your neighbors, as a secondary benefit)

Have you ever had the cops called on you for playing your drum kit?

I personally haven’t and I intend to keep it that way. It’s no doubt in thanks to my overly cautious nature when it comes to pissing people off. That’s probably not the best way to go about if you intend to be a badass musician with a devil-may-care attitude, but I’ve always been a man of contradiction.

I have, however, lived in many tight-quarters environments… apartments, duplexes, townhouses. To date I’ve never lived in a stand alone house, as I have spent most of my life in more heavily populated urban areas.

Due to my own ignorance, I sadly missed out on several valuable years where I could be making great music and honing my craft. Now that I have discovered that apartment living and playing the drums are not necessarily mutually exclusive, I never intend to go back to a drum-less life.

If you’re in a similar situation, and you’ve just given up on what was your former passion, I want you to know that you have options. Pick your sticks back up and start making your beautiful noise again. Keep the dream alive, even if you’re aging, bald and painfully uncool (like me).

Here are a few strategies to consider. Consider the one that best suits your needs, budget, and level of commitment.

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