How to Soundproof a Music Practice Room

Customizing a practice room for your instrument is key (pun intended). In addition to the suggestions below, there’s a link to a great article from Strings Magazine at the bottom. If you’re like me and can’t afford one of these ($5-15K) sound isolation booths, we do have some options. Read on. Cover windows. Windows convey…

Trio Holovaty-Brouwer-Stevens: Gypsy Jazz live 2020

Adrian Holovaty and friends doing some beautiful playing. Adrian co-created the wonderfully useful SoundSlice practice application, and spoke with me while I was researching practice for The Practice of Practice.

Do Vonnegut’s Creativity Assignment.

In 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond. Here’s his reply: “Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to…

Conga Diddles: Johnny Conga’s Excellent Conga Exercises

Johnny Conga has some great stuff for any conga player, like this gem below. It’s simple, but it ain’t easy! In The Practice of Practice, I recommend taking up a drum. It’s great for your rhythm skills, it’s fun, and if you’re a piano player, a hand drum is a lot more portable!