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(By Richard Morales)
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Rehearsals are essentially the means for getting your focus onto your goals to materialize the dreams of being an eminent stage performer of international repute. But as a musician, when did you start reading about these boring anecdotes and mysteries of glorified glamour!
 

It’s high time that we spice up your rehearsal ethics with some essential tips that should set you up on the right track. 

TIP #1

 Ø      FOCUS  

When you come to a band rehearsal, it is essential that everyone enjoys it with a fresh spirit, while maintaining a firm focus on the targets and ethics that the band symbolizes and targets to achieve. Set your goals based upon your strengths, and understand your flaws which can be perfected with further assistance from all the members of the band. 

Once the band members start to loose focus, they will start to emphasize the mistakes others are making, resulting in a serious set back. If something like this persists, leadership issues must be sorted out amicably, otherwise continuing with such a band may be a severe question mark. 

TIP #2 

Ø      PROPER SCHEDULING OF REHEARSALS 

Rehearsals need to be arranged, in such as manner that it is not acting as a burden on one of the band members. Though sacrifice is essential in some respects, yet scheduling criterions should be properly scrutinized before generalizing the rehearsal routines. Moreover locations of rehearsals should be such that it is easy to reach for all the members as well as not create a fracas in the local neighborhood.

The better a schedule you can come up with, the more energy you should have during the rehearsal, without struggling to keep up the tempo throughout the session.
 

TIP #3 

Ø      HOME WORK 

When you are learning some new tunes or improvising upon existing ones, it is always advised to work on these antics at home, so that during practice you can perfectly gel your techniques and style with the other elements of the band’s performance. Home work allows you to better understand your roles in each particular song or performance module.

 It is always important that you show your enthusiasm by practicing your parts at home, rather than trying it all during the rehearsals, which may hamper the overall progress of the band’s performance technicalities.  

TIP #4

 Ø      NEVER BE LATE Showing up late for a rehearsal session may adversely affect the entire rehearsal session as the band members may develop a certain degree of uneasiness related to your credibility. And coming up with comical reasons supporting your late appearance often intensifies the complexity of the situation. 

It is best advised that you take all proper measures, so that you may never be late for the rehearsal. If something really unavoidable comes up, always notify the other band members early enough so that there is always some scope for rescheduling the session. 

TIP #5 

Ø      PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT 

Rehearsals, in essence are meant to develop a certain degree of collaboration and fluidity in the general performance of the band. However this certainly does not mean that band rehearsals need to be held 5-6 days a week. 1-3 days should be enough for rehearsals inclusive of all the band members, provided the members spend ample time practicing their allocated homework with utmost honesty. 

Always shuffle around with the ambience of the rehearsal environment, so that you can quickly develop the knack of optimizing your compatibility skills. 

TIP #6 

Ø      UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS 

Before starting off a rehearsal, set yourself, short term goals with firm focus on the long-term perspective. Make sure that whatever happens, you can at least try your level best to achieve your set targets. 

Also make sure that you do not overburden yourself with unrealistic targets, which may seriously hamper your performance, thus decrementing your trustworthiness and reliability as a suitable member of the band. Be patient and results will show up, rather than running after it with discrete incompetence. 

In part 2 of this article we will further review some other tips which should certainly aid you in setting up a productive practice and rehearsal session.



Updated: March 12, 2008

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