I want to learn to play the Trumpet, but wondering how loud it may be at home ? I'm living in a flat (neighbours up and down)

  • Be aware that you will probably want to play quieter than the legal limit, and if you are only interested in the legal maximum, that's a question for Law.SE. – user45266 Apr 6 '20 at 20:03

It depends entirely on where you live. Different countries and different residents' associations have different rules.

For instance in the apartment project where I live the only restriction is that I must not make noise between 11pm and 7am. There are strict decibel limits and we can download an app which will measure noise coming from a neighbour's apartment and use that for a formal complaint.

There was actually a German court case 2 years ago involving a trumpet player. The court ruled in favour of the trumpet player within certain limits. Here are the key points:

  • Neighbours must put up with a certain degree of noise from neighbours who play musical instruments, saying that the practice times are "socially acceptable and common forms of leisure time activities."

  • A quiet-time compromise must be struck with neighbours, however, and depends entirely upon the type of instrument used.

  • The court recommended a general rule of limiting practice times to two to three hours on weekdays and one to two hours on Sundays and holidays.

  • Judges also emphasized that the standards they set apply equally to amateur and professional musicians.

  • I'm pretty sure before the edit, that wasn't what was being asked - though I admit it was vague. I think "how loud is it?' not 'how loud is it allowed to be?' – Tetsujin Apr 1 '20 at 16:19
  • @ Tetsujin: The title of the question is: "how loud are you allowed to play" – Albrecht Hügli Apr 1 '20 at 20:02
  • @AlbrechtHügli - it is now. Previously it was "How lowd can be Trumpet" which you could interpret in two ways. I think the current interpretation is the wrong one. – Tetsujin Apr 2 '20 at 7:01

If you are worried about making too much noise while playing trumpet I suggest you buy a mute which will almost silence the sound. If still want to hear what you are playing, I suggest you go talk to your neighbors to arrange times you can practice so they will not get upset.

  • A mute will be the best solution. Your neighbors will be grateful. And when you are good you can invite them to a free concert in the laundry ;) – Albrecht Hügli Apr 1 '20 at 20:05

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