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(By Richard Morales)
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Rehearsals form the basis upon which all the band members can mature and congeal their qualities, making themselves more suitable and unique in the glare of the performance spotlight. The better the members integrate and collaborate during the rehearsals, the better will be the chemistry of the band as a whole. Always remember that this is essential for long-term durability of the band, whatever be the degree of success it may have achieved.

Let us now continue from where we had left off in the 1st part of this article and divulge into more tips for productive band practice and rehearsals: 

TIP #7 


Leadership is essential in order to keep a firm grip on the band’s actual directions. It has to be unanimous, in order to avoid unnecessary confrontation. Charismatic leadership qualities usually develop in all the band members with time, but there has to be someone to whom everyone should look up to when things get a bit too jerky. 

The leadership roles may be assigned to an external manager or even one of the band members. But whatever be the case, the assigned leader should not make unnecessary use of his/her status and start acting as a dictator, as that will certainly generate a lot of unnecessary tension among the members distracting their focus off the primary target, i.e. creating quality music. 

TIP #8 


Before getting into full tempo, make sure that all the gear are set up efficiently and effectively, so that everyone can properly interpret each other and give their inputs accordingly. If you need to change the setup regularly during a session, it may really hamper the progress of the rehearsal.  

Frankly speaking, all the band members should tune up their instruments and set up the drums properly, before they can even start jamming. For the success of the entire rehearsal session, it is of utmost importance, that all the members do their bit in arranging everything such that nothing related to the setup may act as a distraction during the course of the rehearsal.  

TIP #9


Set all the members proper targets to achieve.  Targets should be both realistic as well as fun. Once the members start loosing their interest in the purpose of the rehearsal, it will end up nowhere resulting in a temporary disaster. Hence properly planning the course of the rehearsal will allow the band members to work together more cohesively. 

Set up the course of the rehearsal as:

 -          We will start our jamming at a particular tune to warm up our insights. 

-          After that we will start practicing Song 1 which should allow us to get into proper rhythm

-          We will up the tempo even more as we move onto Song 2, which should be a bit more serious. After practicing it we will decide what needs to be tweaked up related to Song 2. 

-          Then the vocalist will take a break as the lead guitarist and drummer practice their duet. 

-          After that we will take a 10 minutes break to catch back our breadth and discuss about the rehearsal so far.

 -          Next we will start off with Song 3 and try some innovative approaches that we have been practicing.

 -          After that at the finale we will move onto Song 4, Song 5 and Song 6.  

TIP #10 


In case of possible blunders related to equipment malfunctioning, it is always advised that all the band members should keep a backup of all the necessary accessories, which may be essential at the most unexpected yet crucial moments. 

TIP #11 


If you are unhappy with the progress of a particular song or you don’t like a certain element of the performance, it is always well advised that you speak your mind when it really matters. It is really not worthy if you declare that you really hate a particular song, whence all the band members have dedicated a lot of time to pick it up. It really irritates everyone and your sincerity may take a serious setback. 

TIP #12 


Always try your level best to make the practices and rehearsals a fun affair, rather than developing a pensive and tensed environment, as such an ambience is really not conducive for creating quality music. 

Once you understand and realize that the band is really a part of you, then only you can dedicate your musical soul to it. It may be a sacrifice, but if you really believe in it, the best advise should always be, “Follow you heart, reach for the stars!”

Updated: March 12, 2008

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