LOL!!! That made my morning.Playing an eKit is like hitting plastic golf balls in the back yard. .
I just recently started playing. One of the reasons I actually started is because I am the introvert. At 42, I have been dealing with a mild form of social anxiety disorder for most of my life. I get nervous and have a hard time relaxing even with my drum teacher, but it's better each time.
That could even be why I gravitated to the drums as a kid. The drummer is an integral part of the group but gets to be semi-hidden and out of the spotlight.
I realize now that it's something I should have dealt with when I was younger rather than cater to all my life. Right now I'm content to make "noise" in my basement but I know as I progress the need to seek out others to play with will grow stronger and stronger, forcing me out of my figurative, and literal, box. Playing with others or in front of a crowd will be a huge hurdle for me to overcome. Worst part is, it's something I should have dealt with when I was 14, and not 40. As a result I've missed a possible lifetime of doing something that I would have really loved to do.
Call it a mis-life crisis, or whatever, but I am commited to not only learning this instrument, but playing with a band, in front of a crowd before I check out of this life.
I live in the suburbs, and have my music room set up in the basement with 6" concrete, and an insulated 4" wall. At the moment I am still building out the basement and am planning on making the room as soundproof as possible, but at the moment it pretty much shakes the house. It's not loud enough to disturb the neighbors, but it rocks our house.
Out of respect for the other members of the house, I only practice without any pads when it's convenient for everybody. My wife is very accomodating and says I can practice whenever I want, but I still try to keep it down.
I bought an e-kit so that I could practice late at night, and it does work good for that. but as I mentioned in another thread; the rubber pads and cymbal pads are louder than my acoustic kit with pads.
My wife, two floors up in bed, can hear the sticks on the rubber pads, The acoustic kit with practice pads, while it sounds louder at the kit, the sound doesn't seem to travel as far through the house.
Once I got over the novelty of all the different sounds the e-kit can produce, I kinda lost interest.