Practicing Quietly

Dear All,

I am looking for a simple solution to practice quietly and I was wondering whether one of you could point me in the right direction. I thought about buying a cheap Richwood Selmer copy and to stuff if with acoustic foam but I was hoping that there was a more elegant solution :) As you can see I am happy to compromise on sound as long as the feel is similar to the real deal!

Please let me know your thoughts.


  • terrassierterrassier France
    Posts: 99
    AJL does a silent guitare if your feeling flush :)
  • TubaphoneTubaphone Kansas Mateos Django
    Posts: 27
    I've had an idea for a while that I think would work, but it would take somebody a bit handier than me to craft something like this. In the banjo world there are very simple mutes that slide over the bridge and effectively deaden the transfer of sound.

    The simplest is just a bent piece of brass with some fuzzy stuff glued to the inside. It slips over the bridge as seen in the pics. They are great... they totally kill the sound, making even very loud banjos family and early morning-friendly.

    I see no reason why something similar wouldn't work for Selmer style guitars. Something killing vibrations in the bridge ought to deaden the sound quite a bit.

    Who here is handy?
  • GrimfanDjangoGrimfanDjango Thousand Oaks,CaNew 1996 Maurice Dupont MD50
    Posts: 23
    I've heard of guys using felt picks for quiet practice. I think Dunlop makes a variety of them.
  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    edited July 2017 Posts: 2,106
    When Serge Krief was at my house for a week, he was practicing about 8 hours a day, and he put a sock under the strings between the bridge and the sound hole... Unfortunately, he used his sock, and he used my guitar :-(
    BucoGrimfanDjangoJosechikyterrassierNoneWim GlennJazzaferriMattHenryBill Da Costa WilliamsStringswinger
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    How quietly you need it to be?
    Today I pulled out the bridge I'm not using any more, stuck a piece of duct tape under each foot and put a piece over the top of the bridge as well, taped over the soundhole too. That made it pretty dead but it was still louder than say electric guitar. Found out also it's a pretty good cure for natural reverb, sucked it out.
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • kimmokimmo Helsinki, Finland✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 160
    The perfect solution: AJL Quiet & Portable. Same dimensions, same strings, same playing feel, same high quality build as the regular AJL gj-guitars, just quiet AND portable:
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 2,831
    What ur spouse/roomies/neighbors don't want to hear you practice Django's Minor Swing solo 3000 times???


    I've been banished to one little corner of one room....
  • ScoredogScoredog Santa Barbara, Ca✭✭✭✭
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  • ChiefbigeasyChiefbigeasy New Orleans, LA✭✭✭ Alves de Puga DR670; Dupont MDC 50; The Loar LH600
    Posts: 267
    Experimented a little just for fun. Polish cloth under the strings between the sound hole and the bridge silenced all ringing, but you could still make out notes. This forces you to practice more on percussive aspects like accurate picking, but you'll still be able to work on where you are on the neck. Otherwise, I'd just use an unplugged electric, preferably something more like a jazz guitar vs a Strat.
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,659
    stuart wrote: »
    The Yamaha Silent Guitar is a good budget option (under 500) - not a gypsy guitar but not far off.

    Here's an upvote for the Yamaha Silent Guitar. I have the nylon string model, and it's great for late night practicing when you don't want to disturb your significant other. Good travel guitar as well. They also make a steel string model, but I like the nylon because I do some classical and flamenco. Or try to, anyway.

    Interesting statement from Olli about playing quietly. I took a workshop with John Jorgenson years ago, and he said just the opposite - suggested that you should always practice forcefully to build the habit of playing that way.

    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
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