You’ve always said that it’s important that your child always participate in a sport or music in school. You never wanted them coming home after school with too much time to get into trouble. It was easy when they liked soccer, you buy em a pair of cleats and a ball and they’re good to go. But suddenly your kid is telling you they want to join band. “Great! What do you want to play?” “The Drums!” You can already feel a headache coming on just from thinking about all the noise your child is about to be creating on a daily basis, and worst of all it’s in the name of a good cause so you don’t even have a right to get upset.
You steel yourself and agree to it, if you’re brave you even get excited for them. You’ve made peace with the noise that will come. Once you’ve figured out which drum set to buy for your child (this is a good review: www.kickstartyourdrumming.com/best-drum-set-for-kids/), another problem comes along: How to allow your child to drum while not disturbing the neighbors too much? They are not prepared for this. They don’t even know it’s coming yet. But don’t worry, I’m going to tell you how you can relieve that perpetual headache and save your neighbors at the same time.
Electric Drum Kit
One of the simplest and most effective ways to keep your kid’s practice a quiet affair is to buy them an Electric Drum Kit. The pros of this is that they can plug in headphones, meaning you’re free from hearing all of their mistakes and repeats! Unfortunately, it’s also been shown that electric drum kit practice doesn’t always translate well to an actual drum kit. If your child is playing a real kit at school or in a band, this might be okay, but theres definitely still some better options.
Music Equipment stores know how deafening drummers can be. In order to save our innocent souls and ears, the practice pad was developed. There are two kinds of practice pads, stand-alone pads and muffling pads. Standalone pads are fine (and portable!) but they’re fairly useless if you play on a full kit. Muffling pads are much more effective, they fit right on top of the drum heads, dampening the sound while keeping the feel of your regular old drum kit.
Practice pads can muffle the drums, but theres really no way to fit one of those over the bass drum. Hearing a series of light taps and then a huge boom probably isn’t the kind quiet you’ve got in mind. To muffle the sound of the bass drum, other than slicing it open in a crazed rampage against the menace to your serenity, is simply to stuff it full of some old clothes, towels or blankets! It still sounds loud enough for your child to hear while they play, but quiet enough that you can sit calmly on your front porch with a cup of tea and listen to the birds singing.
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this one to anyone. In my experience, soundproofing is simply too expensive and difficult to be worth it. There are some small ways you can help reduce the overflow of sound from the room, like covering the windows and doors with pillows/blankets/mattresses, but even these are hardly worth the effort.
In summary, muffle those drums, buy some practice pads, and maybe even invest in some ear plugs while you’re at it. Avoid the unnecessarily rigorous process of soundproofing and don’t shell out big bucks for a good electric kit if your kid needs to be using an acoustic set. I hope these tips will help you maintain your peace of mind while your child becomes the great musician you know they can be!