We’ve seen how having a game plan can help the band stay focused during rehearsal and track progress.
Pre rehearsal preparation by each member of the band is essential.
- Bring your necessary equipment. Your instrument, cabling and effects gear are a must. Don’t laugh people have shown up for their rehearsal without their instruments because “I forgot it”. Bring pen and paper to take notes, remember your drumsticks, tuners, batteries, strings and everything you’re going to need for your rehearsal. Some rehearsal studios, like the Hothouse, have drumsticks, batteries, strings and earplugs for sale, just in case.
- Prior to rehearsal each musician should do a maintenance check on their gear. Finding out during rehearsal your instrument, cabling, or effects gear isn’t working properly is a waste of your valuable rehearsal time.
Agree to these policies and stick to them and watch as your Performance and Recording Ready, song list grows.
- Bring chord charts for any new song ideas being presented to the band.
- Set rehearsal policies. Remember rehearsal time is valuable. You don’t want to waste it with distractions. Some common distractions are:
- Ringing cell phones, and worst of all, is when they answer the call. Turn off your cell phone
- Friends, girlfriends and boyfriends should stay at home. Remember, rehearsal time is for the band to be together perfecting your songs and sound.
- Most pro musicians would agree that alcohol and drugs during rehearsal is not a good idea. I’ve heard them say “You only think you’re playing better when you’re stoned”.
- Take regular breaks. Adult humans only have a 45 minute attention span. Also, ear fatigue can set in. Coming back to a song with fresh ears can make all the difference.
- Fiddling around on your instrument between songs or while a part is being hashed out by other members in the group is very distracting to your band mates. Stay focused on your rehearsal game plan.
You are a band, a group of musicians. The laws of nature say; “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Don’t fight Mother Nature.
Substitute the word “song” for “whole” and you get “the song is greater than the sums of its parts”. When the song sounds great each member of the group will shine within it.
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Updated: June 24, 2009
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