It is challenging to control a band because it’s mostly made up of people who are in the same age group. In many cases, the band members are friends who have known each other for a long time. In this situation, it is easy to lose focus during band rehearsals because the members waste a lot of time talking and socializing rather than singing.
Rehearsals create a picture of how you will perform in front of the audience. Therefore, it is very important to take band rehearsals seriously because they contribute greatly to your final performance.We’ll discuss some rehearsals tips and suggestions that will help keep every member of your band focused during your sessions.
The overall sound, message, and image of your band should be clear and consistent and as a band you should mention it briefly at the beginning of your practice. The better you can define your general message and image, the more focused your activities will be. This vision acts as the criteria for every detail of your music, staging, and outfits and as your career develops, your vision will develop and change.
It is very easy to lose focus during the band rehearsals. Rehearsal time is very valuable and that is why it is advisable to make a to-do-list that will help you stay focused. Make the list realistic according to the time that you have available so that you are able to follow it. If something comes up mid-rehearsal, you can skip that song and continue with the next one.
Coordination of lead and harmony vocals deserves separate rehearsals. This is because the main thing in a band is blending good sounding vocals. From the audience’s point of view, vocals are the most important instrument in a performance. Acappella or using quiet guitar allows you to hear the quality of your vocals.
It is always good to start with a song that grabs your audience’s attention as this helps in capturing their interest. Ending with a song that has a strong hook will make the audience walk out singing. Plan the intervening song based on the set length and use of contrasting keys. To increase the interest of your audience, pick songs that vary your singers’ range. Make sure to get the whole band involved in setting up your stage lists at rehearsals.
Once you polish up on wrong notes, chords, or sloppy rhythms, it’s important to spend time on practicing your performance skills. Performance skills are things such as movements on stage, microphone handling and so forth. Assume that you are on stage singing to the audience when you practice your performance skills.
The top is the beginning of a song and the tail is the end of the song. Changing from tail to top of another song calls for change in guitars, physical and emotional transitions and changes of vocals while moving from one instrument to another. If you spend some time on this, you’ll ensure a smooth transition between songs.
It is also important to practice your full set list during the rehearsals. This helps you develop your mental and physical transitions. A full set list includes entrances and exits, band interaction with the audience and talking to your audience.
There are things that influence the audio and visual aspects of your band’s performance such as room acoustics and stage sizes. Changing the rehearsal location helps the band become familiar with adapting your show to different venues, so no matter the setting where you’ll be playing live, you can adjust easily and put on a good show.
If your band is preparing for TV appearances, it is good to do your rehearsals on camera and assume it is a live audience. Playback the clips and see whether your movements and expressions are emotionally consistent with the song. This will also give you a good idea of what the audience or viewers see when they are watching you and you can tailor it accordingly.
Every member of the band has their unique contribution, however it is really important that one of the band members step forward as the leader. They will be responsible for keeping the rehearsal on track, keeping the band focused and pushing everyone to work hard. Some bands switch leaders between rehearsals to keep things exciting and dynamic.
You can get warmed up for your rehearsal in many ways like agreeing to pick a warm-up song that is not part of your set list. This is the time to check levels and make sure the rehearsal will flow well. It can be a really good idea to pick a warm up song that will set the vibe and the atmosphere for the upcoming rehearsal.
It is always important to record your rehearsals and do not worry about the quality of your rehearsals. Listening to the rehearsal recording will help you identify the issues with the songs, which you can then work on and iron out to perfection. Don’t be comfortable if your song is okay, make sure it is perfect by working on the song until it becomes perfect. If you are disciplined in this, you should not move on to the next song if you have not perfected the last one.
It’s not advisable to invite your friends to your rehearsals simply because they will not be performing. Most likely, friends will keep you distracted and possibly make you waste a lot of time. You can book a large space where you can invite family and friends to watch you play. This should come after you have made the songs perfect and after rehearsals so that you can have an opportunity to practice playing to a live audience.
Sometimes band practice can feel monotonous, so have new things to try out during the rehearsals, but make sure when you are in the final stages of your set lists, to keep things consistent. You should always start with singing, not talking because chances are that when you start with talking, you will spend a lot of rehearsal time talking. If there are some notices that need to be announced, you can do that after the rehearsal or during the breaks, but by getting started from the get go, you’ll remain focused.
Coordination, discipline and hard work are the main factors that contribute to the success of a rehearsal. Be focused and motivated and everything else will flow.