How to Make Drums Quieter for Practice, According to the School of Rock

Let’s say that you—like a significant, nonzero percentage of adults—impulsively bought yourself a drum kit during the pandemic, hoping to hone your chops or learn a new instrument. But let’s say you also just saw the Oscar-winning film Sound of Metal and are filled with newfound concerns about potential hearing loss. Or let’s say your neighbors, who are recording their podcasts from their improvised home studios, or trying to take work calls without waking the baby, are complaining about the noise. You just want to play drums. But you want to do it without bothering the podcaster next door or damaging your hearing. Well, you're in luck. Stephen Kennedy of School of Rock can tell you how.

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