Hey, guys. I wanted to ask all of you musicians on the boards for some advice, but first, here's a completely unnecessary rant to give some context:
So you know the story of the Princess and the Pea? Yeah, well, I live above that girl's brother. Apparently even the sound of me walking from one part of my apartment to another has proven to be enough to through this guy into a rage and make him start hammering violently on my floor to the point where everything in the room shakes. For my being a musician this is a bit of a problem. My main instrument is the Piano, and I have an electric keyboard, which you would think makes problem easy to avoid.
1. Only play with headphones on. Check.
2. Only play during the day, so as not to disturb people's sleep. Check.
3. Place the electric piano in the living room and up against a load bearing wall to make sure if the floor creaks at all, it will be minimized. Check.
Even doing all these things, the guy below me will begin pounding incessantly on my floor. I don't even know what he could possibly be hearing, because I can't hear anything. I've tried all different times of day and places in my apartment to practice my muted keyboard, but to no avail. I would try to talk to this person to come up with a compromise, but given that I live alone, and my only interactions with him have been him hammering on the floor, and him leaning out of his window, shirtless, to shout at me for one reason or another... yeah, I don't feel comfortable approaching him, and I doubt that if I did any kind of civil exchange would take place.
I also play the French Horn, but I haven't dared practicing that since I've moved in a few months back, so by now my chops are probably total crap, and I was planning on auditioning for some groups on it in January. I would invest in a practice mute, but I don't want to spend the money only to find out that either it's not quiet enough, or the sound of the valve action affects my neighbor like a dog whistle.
Even an electric guitar played though headphones somehow bothers him. I guess that the bit I move in my chair while strumming must send shock waves through the floor and into his fragile little body.
I've all but stopped caring about making this human seismograph comfortable; obviously if even walking to the closet at night is enough to through him into a fit, then I will never be able to please him, whether I am playing muted instruments or not. The thing is that when he starts the hammering, I get myself so worked up about it that I can't get myself to keep playing, at least with any kind of feeling.
So here's my question:
Can any of you give me some kind of advice on finding places to practice musical instruments when you can't do it at home? I should clarify that I am a student, but I'm on an internship out of town, so I can't go to friends' places. I've googled the heck out of "practice rooms," "rehearsal spaces," and the like. The only things close that I have found are geared more for one-off rehearsals for live bands, and cost well over a hundred dollars for just a few hours -- hardly feasible for daily practice.
Any other advice for a way for me to get some practice in without busting an artery over this guy before my repertoire completely goes away would be greatly appreciated as well.