Readers of the previous blog post will have seen that we covered some helpful tips and suggestions of how to get more from your band’s rehearsals. We explored the key benefits that are provided by schedules, proper warm ups, sticking to a plan, documenting any issues and building a list of songs that you want to work on. In this second and final part we will delve into some additional areas that we are sure will greatly assist your band into getting much more from their rehearsal time.
Be Mindful of Others
Taking a scheduled break during rehearsal can greatly assist with any potential burn out and loss of focus. When scheduling band meet-ups, keep in mind the plans and availability of others. For instance, if only two of your tracks require a particular instrument, it is sensible to put those tracks back to back rather than making this player wait around all session. They will be thankful for any assistance you give and be more likely to produce good music at other times.
Pick a Leader
Reaching an agreement on who is running things is likely to prevent an “Oasis style meltdown” and keep for a much happier band. In most cases, bands will have an unspoken hierarchy; this way people know who is calling the shots. Remember, musicians, by their definition, can easily fly off the handle, therefore it is better to have some agreement on who is the leader and who isn’t.
Record your Rehearsals
When you are in full flow, it can be hard to understand if your music is good, bad or just plain indifferent. Sometimes it can sound like you are hitting all the right notes only to find that, upon playback, things were a little of key. Recording your sessions for future analysis can be one of the simplest and easiest ways to ensure you are heading in the right direction. If you use either Android or Apple IOS, then we would recommend you head over and take a look at the Rev software. This handy app will provide on-the-go recording with great audio quality; what’s more, it also has the ability to transcribe notes as well. If you fancy a hand-held recorder, then Zoom is the place to go. Of course, these are more expensive than apps, but you do get what you pay for. Two channel recorders are common, with easy transfer methods to other devices.
Holding Remote Rehearsals
If you find yourself with issues around the time scale, then holding a remote rehearsal could be the answer. There are many great platforms for musicians to rehearse around the web. We would suggest a simple search along the lines of “remote musician rehearsal” and you would be on the right track. In many respects these remote services work similar to Skype; however, it should be noted, with considerably less lag.
That brings us to the end of part two. We do hope that you will be able to take advantage of some of the suggestions in these blogs. Happy jamming!