A musical hobby is one of the best, most engaging, and most fun ways to express one’s creativity. There are few more appealing skills than the ability to play a pretty song or to explore the depths of your creative spirit. However, to get to that point, you’re going to need to practice. Practice takes more than time and effort, it takes the right space, as well, which can be tough to find at home. Here, we’re going to look at how you can create your own space to practice. Whether it’s a study, bedroom, or something else, a little work can turn it into the perfect practice area.
Mind the noise
Of course, one of the biggest issues with any practice done at the home is that you’re going to be making noise. This noise can get pretty disruptive to the other people living there is you do nothing to manage it. As such, you should look at ways to minimize just how much of a distraction you might be proving. If you’re learning any electronic instrument or even mixing and producing at home, then a good pair of headphones is going to keep that experience nice and personalized. Otherwise, you should look at ways of soundproofing the room, whether it’s using things like draft excluders or soundproofing tiles. That said, the others living with you should understand that they should expect some noise.
Keep it organized
Depending on the instrument, you’re soon going to realize that you’re going to need to use a few pieces of gear that can take up quite a bit of space. Making sure that you have enough room to practice is one thing, but you should also make sure that it’s easy to organize and store your things when you’re not making use of them. Having enough storage space for any accessories and gear is crucial. For any electric instruments, make sure that you learn how to wrap audio cables, as well. Cable management isn’t just a matter of convenience, it can prevent people from tripping over your cables, not to mention stopping them from getting damaged.
It’s about acoustics, too
You might be thinking that as far as the noise you make is concerned, so long as you’re able to keep it down, you should be just fine. But aside from how it sounds to other people, you need to consider how it sounds to you, as well. You need to be able to hear the music clearly and cleanly in order to know how you’re doing. To that end, there are steps that you can take to improve the acoustics of a space. For instance, in a big empty room, it might pay to have some sort of screen or partition closer to you so that your music doesn’t get caught up in an echo.
Lighting is crucial, too
You might think that your sense of hearing is the most important thing when it comes to practicing music and, well, it is. However, being able to see is going to play a crucial role as well. Though musicians should learn to be able to play notes without needing to look at them all of the time when you’re practicing a new chord or strumming technique, being able to see what you’re doing is vital. The same goes for when you’re reading new music or messing around with your gear. To that end, make sure that you have decent task lighting in the area, such as an adjustable lamp that you can use to shine some extra light where and when you want it.
Keep your inspiration nearby
Of course, practicing music isn’t just a practical endeavor. It’s a creative one, as well. Sometimes, you need a little help to start stirring those creative juices and you should make sure that your choice of practice room helps with that, as well. Having your music library at the ready, even if it’s just with an easily stored wi-fi speaker, is one thing. You can also set up some shelves to keep hold of music books, notebooks, and other pieces of inspiration that you can turn to when you need a little help getting into the practice session. Some bits of inspirational and musical decor, such as wall art of your favorite artists can help you get into the groove a little easier, as well.
If you’re looking to practice in the family home, be sure that you’re accommodating the others that live there, too. You might need to come up with a schedule when it’s convenient for you to practice, for instance.