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Rehearsing & Studio Basics

How to find a good rehearsal studio and make it work for you

Before you book your first rehearsal, discuss the aspirations and level of commitment of the musicians in your band. Are you all prepared to hit the road for a month or more if you get the offer? Problems often arise when half the band wants to go professional and the others do not.

Take care to remember that excessive sound levels can do untold harm to your hearing and will not help in assessing what you really sound like. Rehearsing acoustically at first can be really helpful in the early stages of songwriting. Before you book your first rehearsal, discuss the aspirations and level of commitment of the musicians in your band. Are you all prepared to hit the road for a month or more if you get the offer? Problems often arise when half the band wants to go professional and the others do not.

Selecting a studio

Convenience and accessibility are key factors when deciding on a regular studio. If
you can, try to book into the same rehearsal room every time you rehearse; if you can’t, try to set up in the same configuration so you get used to the sound of the band in different environments. Decide on one room that suits your needs and budget, book it on a weekly basis and rehearse there exclusively. Check with your Regional Office as there could be discounts in place for Musicians’ Union members.

Sound

Excessive sound levels can do untold harm to hearing, not to mention creating friction between musicians, so it is vital to keep amps and PA systems at a comfortable level. Rehearsing acoustically at first can be really helpful in the early stages of songwriting.

Time

One factor destined to spark conflict at rehearsals is musicians arriving late, so
punctuality is paramount. Write a set-list and play through it as if it were a gig, placing all their equipment as they would on the night. Timing the rehearsal is also key, he says, to ensure the set is well-timed and evenly-paced, and to gauge exactly how long it takes for the guitarist to retune, the keyboard player to reprogram or the vocalist to talk to the audience. Recording rehearsals is useful, as is writing down arrangements on paper or a whiteboard that can be followed and learned by the band.

Rehearsal rooms

One of the best gauges of a good rehearsal space is the speed at which your band
develops. Rehearsal rooms with a great sound, good facilities, a pleasing atmosphere and convenient location will really help your band flourish.