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  1. #1
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    May 2015
    Media, Pennsylvania

    Default Quietly practicing

    Any tips on how to practice quietly, without disturbing anyone reading, sleeping or watching TV?

  2. #2
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    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    Get a Risa stick?
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  3. #3
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    Sep 2017


    I've heard of a suggestion of putting a sock under the strings to mute the noise.
    "Got a whole lot of nothing, and I watch it like a hawk." - Louis Prima, 'I'm Living in a Great Big Way'

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2018


    Quote Originally Posted by Ukebottom View Post
    Any tips on how to practice quietly, without disturbing anyone reading, sleeping or watching TV?
    SOFTLY hit the strings. I play a resonator, and even that can be quietly played. Most wooden ukes can be gently picked and strummed as to only be slightly audible.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    San Diego


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Get a Risa stick?
    Or any solid body. I've got a "Vox" solid body that I use and also take with me to hotels.
    Tenors: Rebel Elysium, Kimo "El Diablo" custom, Kanile'a Platinum Pinneaple, MyaMoe custom, RISA stick, Ohana TK35G-5 5 string, Gretch G9120
    Concert: Vox solid body electric, Cripple Creek cigar box
    Soprano: KoAloha T2 Tenor neck, Tyde "Little Rusty", 1940s Martin style 3, Kamoa, Kala
    Sopranino: Tyde
    Banjolele: 1920s Concertone, Southern Cross Concert, Southern Cross UB-2 style, Kala
    Other: 8 string Tahitian

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    Weave a bit of card or plastic through the strings, down near the bridge should work.

    This subject comes up every now & again, a fair few will say get a solid body uke.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Redmond, WA


    Gift your partner/roommate/whatever some good noise canceling headphones

    Or as others have said:
    Practice quiet techniques, mute, or get a (nylon string) solid body.

    Just make sure that what you practice is still relevant to your goal. Practice makes permanent, so it's counter productive to practice incorrectly. For quietish time I practice individual notes (fingerstyle, scales, arpeggios, etc) rather than normal strumming.

    Also consider white noise: a fan or air filter can cover low volume music so it's not as attention grabbing. My steel- string electric solid-body uke is quite audible played dry in the quiet house, but not so bad with fans on.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa


    Play outside.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2019


    Buy a solid bodied uke.

    I practice more on my solid bodied electric Risa ST tenor than I do on my acoustic uke, I do not use an amp and headphones as the sound out of the uke is loud enough for me but anyone in the next room will not hear me.

    The other way is to join a uke group and have regular jam sessions you can move from meeting in each house to house or find a venue.

    Buy an RV and go out in the wilds.

    Or just say zzzzzz it, I am allowed a bit of me time here and there in the course of a day.

    Rock on.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
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    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2019


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Get a Risa stick?
    This right here.

    My wife and I both have Risa Sticks. They are our "travel" ukes, particularly when staying in a hotel. They are loud enough (un-ampified) so that we can hear them but not so loud that they disturb neighbors.
    Ukes include (but are not limited to)
    • Blackbird Clara
    • Kamaka HF-2A (Koa Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (Acacia Concert)
    • KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (Spruce Top Concert)

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