Re: Quiet practice: bad?
Quiet playing never worked for me. Whatever I practise must stand up for itself in a noisy session after all, plus I like the sound of my OM loud. Playing softly does not train muscle works as needed, muting the sound cripples the instrument and takes all the fun out of it.
I have found that the passenger seat of a car is the best place to practice with good acoustic response from the windshield and isolation from the world I don't want to bother. It is also a place that's available in many situations, be it at home or abroad.
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