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Old 12-13-2012, 10:48 PM   #1
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How to practice acoustic quietly

Is there any methods to be able to really quiet down your acoustic guitar? Idk like covering the hole or something, Im new to guitar and I'd like to be able to practice more but its hard because sometimes i need to be quiet.

What do you guys do?
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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get a semi jollow electric gutiar
dont plug it in

for even quieter practice practice on an unplugged electric guitar


for acoustic guitar your can get a soundhole cover but im not sure if thats enough
also playing reaaally softly is also another really good option
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Air guitar?

It's even quieter.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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when stealth is required( my main area of expertise...finally a question i can answer confidently knowing that i am the resident expert in this area !!!!!) i highly recommend playing while in the shower. the water helps muffle the volume while also keeping it nice and clean!
seriously , putting a hand towel carefully in the soundhole should alleviate most of the volume. just make sure thatat least part of it is reachable. more effectice is to put a dampener under the strings near the bridge.
both of those choices pale in comparison to just grabbing an unplugged electric or moving to the beautiful Yukon territory !
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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when stealth is required( my main area of expertise...finally a question i can answer confidently knowing that i am the resident expert in this area !!!!!) i highly recommend playing while in the shower. the water helps muffle the volume while also keeping it nice and clean!
seriously , putting a hand towel carefully in the soundhole should alleviate most of the volume. just make sure thatat least part of it is reachable. more effectice is to put a dampener under the strings near the bridge.
both of those choices pale in comparison to just grabbing an unplugged electric or moving to the beautiful Yukon territory !

WOW.. You really put a lot of thought into this..
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #6
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You could just partially mute the strings...
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:05 AM   #7
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What I do with banjo is take a piece of insulating foam (any similar material works fine) and wrap it around the strings up at the bridge. That way you just get this tiny muted sound, so you can bang away as hard as you want without noise. I use to do that when I was waiting in the hallway between classes.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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I mainly will just never use a pick and play softer when i need to be quiet. Like said already mute the strings. This has really improved my finger picking. I prefer a pick but is a great reason to get better with my fingers.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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... nah...that's just the way my brain is wired
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:31 PM   #10
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just palm mute the strings:

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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Playing low is always an issue for guitar players living with their family or that aren't willing to let their neighbors join the party. You can try buying an electric guitar and an amplifier with headphones plug and practice on that or you can play the electric guitar without pluging it in. If buying a new guitar isn't in your budget range just use palm muting and play with your fingers not pick ( Make sure you play without using your nails too), just caress the strings.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:23 AM   #12
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Palm mute.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:02 AM   #13
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I remember reading someone asking if they could turn their acoustic-electric into a plain electric by filling it with sand

It's worth a shot though, if you're desperate.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:38 AM   #14
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Try putting a cloth (like a shirt or something) under the guitar strings between the bridge and sound hole.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:30 AM   #15
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:28 PM   #16
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When I play acoustic at night, I play very soft in order to not disturb the neighbors. It's really possible to play very light, at low volume. I know from my guitar students that many hit the strings way too hard in the beginning... so this a good way to practice dynamics :-)
When you use a pick, try to hit the strings only with a tiny part - with the tip of the pick... this is the main component of playing very soft
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Use your fingers instead of a pick.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:56 AM   #18
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wow, thanks guys..
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #19
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more effectice is to put a dampener under the strings near the bridge.


This. I just fold a piece of tissue into a rectangle and shove it underneath the strings near the bridge.
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