Band Rehearsal Tips - Assuming you have found musicians for your band, let’s talk about band rehearsal. Before you start finding and playing gigs, it is extremely important to rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Playing live music for an audience can be stressful, so it’s imperative to prepare properly for a gig. It is better to be over rehearsed and confident, than under rehearsed an unsure of your music. First off, your band needs a rehearsal space. Most of the time the drummer in the band has a space or basement to jam your band music. It is easiest to go where the drums are located since they are a lot of work to set up and move from place to place. Some bands have a dedicated rehearsal hall or rehearsal space that they may pay to play. If you are looking for a rehearsal hall, just search your local online yellow pages for rehearsal halls or band rehearsal space. If you just want to rent a room, make very sure that it is ok to play loud music in this rehearsal space. Otherwise neighbors can get upset with the loud music while the band is practicing and rehearsing. A recent trend that I have seen is Storage Locker facilities are offering rehearsal space for rent for local bands. Check out Storage Units in your area if your band is in search of a space to practice music for upcoming gigs.
Once you have found your band practice area make sure your band rehearsal has some direction. It’s best to get down to business first and socialize later. Have your set list (songs that you will play at your gig) polished and practiced for an upcoming show. Organize your set list so that the singer will not be overly challenged by high vocal range songs right in a row. It is best to consult the singer to see if he can handle the set list order and song variety to help his or her vocals at the gig. Run through the set list many times in band practices to ensure you're prepared for your upcoming gig.
If you run into a challenging part of a song, ask your band mates to run through that part once again so that you are confident that you have that part down. For example, if you had trouble with the guitar solo, try it again directly after you get through the song. One word of caution, do not bore your other band mates by doing a part 3 or more times. Move on to the next song. Then, go home and practice that part for the next practice session. While you may be having issues with that part, the rest of the band may be fine and want to move on with the song. Be cognoscente of your band mates time.
Most gigs in bars run from 10pm to 2am in general. Of course times can vary. While there may be a number of bands playing a show, it’s best to know how long you will be playing that night. If you are the only band in that time slot, it’s best to have about 3 hours of music ready with two breaks of 15 or 20 minutes. If your band is not ready to play about 2 to 3 hours of music better get an opening band. Opening bands can take the pressure off of your band, but make sure they are pretty good. You don’t want your audience leaving the venue before you even start playing your part of the show. Also make sure the opening band is of a similar genre of music as your bands music. This will ensure that your fan base will enjoy their set of music as well. That makes for a long evening. So it’s best to have a set of music ready for about 3 hours to be safe. Decide if you playing originals, covers, or both types of music.