I've tried my best to be annoying while playing with the silencers in, but I couldn't get anybody to tell me to stop, so they're a success.
tnelsond, picturing that made me laugh!
I really enjoy using the Silencers and find them surprisingly useful. They have become a big deal for me.
Of course, there is the obvious usage. One member of our household works the night shift, and people have different sleep schedules, so the Silencers allow me to play more late in the evening or early in the morning.
Even more importantly, I've become aware of just how shy I feel about practicing new material in front of others. When other people are in earshot, most of us tend to focus on songs that we already play well. (Recently I spoke to a professional musician who struggles with exactly this issue.) It's a little embarrassing to air our dirty
notes in public, and we hate to invade the listening space of others with repetitive or disagreeable sounds. For that reason, the Silencers are becoming a real aid to my growth as a musician. I can now play that new air, or jig, or just those 2 tricky measures, to my hearts content, practically wherever or whenever I want, without bothering a soul. It's very stimulating and liberating!