Does anybody else get depressed when practice is cancelled?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by oniman7, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. We practice usually on Mon, Wed and Fri. Once in a blue moon on Tues and Thurs for an hour each. On Monday and Friday we go from 4 to 8ish, and Wed start an hour earlier.

    I look forward to practices all week. We just got rid of our singer and have a lot of work to do getting our guitarist up to singing par. We also have to replace the songs that were his, get new photos, and get a 30 minute set up to par.

    I look forward to all of our practices and the things we need to get done. At home, my desire to work far outweighs what I can actually do, so I almost get frustrated. At practice, I often try to work as long as possible, and I'll stay at the drummer's house as late as 10 or 11 on weekdays. I just love what I do, want to make a future of it, and love working and seeing progress.

    So on days like today, when our practice gets cancelled, I get depressed. Really ruins my whole day. Anyone else?
  2. mattsdad


    Oct 5, 2009
  3. sure thing
  4. hamertek98


    Apr 3, 2004
    Our practice was cancelled tonight. I'm gonna drink a coupla beers. Good thing is, we don't have to haul gear for practice.

    You live in Florida, enjoy a night off.
  5. It decided to be cold today... high 60's maybe.

    Practice is my night off from the isolation in my room.
  6. BKuettel


    Apr 8, 2011
    Oneonta, NY
    I feel ya! I am the only one advocating for practice sometimes in my band. I don't understand why it gets canceled for any other reason than something came up in the schedule. Not practicing makes me a sad panda. :crying:

    I think people just get lazy and feel like "I can practice on my own" or that it is unnecessary. I find it very helpful and it clears up a lot of confusion for me, especially during tricky transitions in songs or even live performances. Either way it is not a good thing to do. :rollno:
  7. I don't like it when my lessons get cancelled..
  8. BeTheLowEnd


    Apr 23, 2012
    I hate it when practices get canceled cause I usually build my day around them.
  9. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    I usually just end up practicing the material at home or procrastinating into doing something else.
  10. down yes , depressed no.
  11. zanzibar jorge

    zanzibar jorge Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    I get irritable when practice gets cancelled :/ lol
  12. hypmatt


    Mar 15, 2012
    I do most of the time although had a different experience recently.

    I've recently switched to working night shifts and because of the shift pattern its taken a few weeks to settle into. This has meant about 3 weeks where the rest of the band has gone on practicing without me.

    Odd feeling and not nice at all.
  13. KingNikko5


    Feb 15, 2011
    East Iowa
    I get the same way when practice gets cancelled. At first I'm dragging my butt because I know I have practice. Maybe it's because I drive 30 minutes one way. Or probably Just being lazy is all. But, I know I'm going to make it regardless everytime. Then as soon as someone says "oh, we can't practice today because of blank", I'm bummed out.

    Obviously people miss practice but to me, it's kind of a good thing for a member to miss sometimes IMO. Having one element missing from the band helps you realize, for me at least, how well or how not so well you are playing because you can focus on less instruments in the air and concentrate on parts you may be having a tough time with.

    The one guitarist makes it tough for the drummer especially on transitions. I don't know what it is, but the guitarist will sit there and kinda complain and say "ohh you messed up that transition", and he will stop playing. Then when said guitarist is gone, the drummer and I sit down and lock in and get everything no problem. We lay it down for guitarist 1 and he gets its like magic lol.

    They definitely know when the bass is missing :D
  14. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Wow. Never thought about this before now. I used to get real bummed when practices got cancelled. I'm pretty sure I'm always happy now when I hear a practice is cancelled. Gives me a night off.

    Has to do with a lot of reasons. Being really busy and playing in a bunch of bands probably has most to do with it. If a rehearsal gets cancelled I have some much needed time freed up. I'm also not currently in any band situations where we're writing anything. Means I'm learning someone's material and then just going over it. I've rehearsed enough times with enough different musicians to not really need to do that. When I'm rehearsing these days, more often than not it's for the other people, not me. I learn my stuff inside out, upside down, and backwards and put a lot of time and effort into my homework. Others seem to like to work things out at a rehearsal. I do best working on material alone, and am totally comfortable jumping in on gig with no rehearsals at all, so long as the songs are played like the recordings.

    If I were rehearsing my music with a band, which I will again be shortly, I think cancellations would be a different story.
  15. Mokebass


    Sep 19, 2011
    No not at all unless practice is cancelled so late am already half way there.

    Gives me a chance to catch up on home duties, relax, and drink a few beers in peace.
  16. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Have you been playing long or in a gigging band band long? When I first got back to music I was bummed when a practice got canceled. Today? no way. My band only practices when we have to and I love it. When it's a new band or you are new to gigging its more exciting to practice but when you are gigging quite a bit you need less practice and a day off is great.

  17. hahahaha

    cold? :rollno::rollno:

    sometimes i enjoy an evening off, especially after a long day at work.
  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Dang, you are DEDICATED. And I wonder if you have a life otherwise. My band tries to meet once a week on Saturday and some weeks, we miss. I'm usually hard-pressed to get in any practice between weekends, but I try to get an hour or so, often broken up into a couple of half-hours.

    I don't get depressed about this, there are times I'm relieved because I'm usually running behind on preparation.

    Example: I'm traveling to Missouri and Oklahoma Saturday April 28 through Monday May 7, so that's two Saturdays we won't meet unless the guitarists get together and do some acoustic work.
  19. Corey Y

    Corey Y Guest

    Jun 3, 2010
    Yes, especially because we typically only practice once a week. So far this year I believe practice has been cancelled more than not, so that's a bit depressing. Last year we went dark for about 3 months straight, though for good reason (illness and injury). This is the reason why I do side projects and jam with other people as often as possible. To say nothing of the momentum and productivity of a band pursuing its goals, I love to play music. That's why I'm in bands, so it's a bummer when practice gets cancelled.
  20. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Same here. If practice gets cancelled then I have a hole in my night to fill. I dont get depressed though, as there are things I can do...