Originally Posted by Rockbassist4
Good points. I am going to agree with you and Kmonk on the overall argument. If bands do not spend the time to rehearse they may never know how good they can be or realize their potential. I also don't understand why anyone would join a band and not want to rehearse. Its one thing to be a hired gun and do in fill in work. Its another to be part of a band.
For us, rehearsals are not taken lightly. They're next to impossible to set up on the spur of the moment because the 5 of us travel from 4 different states to be there.
We reconvene in January to begin basic rehearsals for next years shows (work in new material, new guitar player and tweak the setlists). 1/05-06, 1/12,13 & 14, 1/19-20 and 1/26,27 & 28...all 12 hour days. Run through the entire show 4X every day. If you don't have "it" down after that, you don't belong there. About as much fun as boot camp or cramming for finals (and involves at least as much coffee), but it serves its purpose.
Thankfully, we get along pretty well, because we're under the same roof for 48 - 72 hours at a stretch. If that's not a focused effort, I don't know what is.
Beyond that, we work steadily enough that full rehearsals aren't regularly scheduled events. Individual practice is on the musician. We play the same arrangements as on the original recordings, so source material to play with isn't an issue.
Sounds kinda like work, eh?