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How often does your band rehearse?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by pedro, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    I do believe it really has sunk in now. Putting a band together made up of old guys with jobs etc is something akin to herding cats. :eyebrow:

    Ok here are my questions and please consider this a poll or survey of sorts.

    1. How often do you rehearse?

    2. How long did it take you to learn enough material to play out? (Say 3 sets)
  2. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area
    My band practices 2 times a week for about 2 hours of REAL playing. it would take my guys to learn the material in 3 or maybe 4 weeks. some weeks we can get things better then others.
  3. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Thanks for the reply.
  4. Willy2911


    Sep 11, 2008
    OC California
    If you are a serious band you should be at least Rehearsing 3 nights a week IMHO.
  5. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I'll try to be semi-helpful here. My original-music band practices twice a week which pretty much strains our schedules as we all work plus I'm in grad school.

    Our drummer also plays in a cover band which practices once a week, with their original line up they prepped a night's worth of top-40 songs in about 2-3 months. After about a year they had a line up change, took a month to get back up to speed, 6 months later another shift, another month or two off, 6 months gigging and now they're back looking for a singer.

    My dad is a drummer in a blues band playing a mix of covers and originals which practices once a week. Over the years that he's been in the band I've seen a whole host of new players jumping in and out (all bass players or singers) and they would take about a month or so to get the new addition up to speed.

    Good luck with the band, scheduling is always a huge pain in the a**.
  6. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Its not a serious band. The goal is to gig out once or twice per month. Covers/bar gig type of stuff.
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    A band needs to practice as much as they need to practice to get the job done. Some bands have to do it 3X a week, some none. Some take weeks, some months, some one or no rehearsals. My feeling regarding this is that less experienced musicians need to put the time in. For many years I practiced with the bands I was in 2 or 3 times a week. I think that investment carries over in most of the musicians I know. In the past few years I've played with a number of bands that don't rehearse at all (unless it's original stuff). It's not unheard of for guys to meet for the 1st time on stage. I did it this past saturday.

    A great deal depends on how much people can accomplish on their own, how organized they can be, and how accustomed to playing with other musicians they are.
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Practice at home, rehearse with the band.

    All the songs to be learned should be on CD's and/or have charts made so that when you get together everyone should already know their parts.

    Having separate vocal rehearsals helps as well.

    If you have people standing around at rehearsal while somebody learns their part, IMO, it's a waste of time.

    If someone leaves the band, as long as you have the CD's/charts, the new member should be able to get up to speed quickly.
  9. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Herdin' Cats

    1. We are a cover band. We rehearse once a week.

    2. We did one practice before our first gig.
  10. Germanbassist87


    May 1, 2008
    Practice 3 to 4 days a week, for about 2 hours at a time, take a break and come back and work some more for about a hour. Prior to gigs, we run through our set once then we pack up and head out. We are a original material band, with 2 covers from Children of Bodom and Slayer for a little extra spice.
  11. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    A couple of points here

    1. The question I asked aren't motivated because they guys can't learn the material. Everybody is a good musician and they don't have any problem learning the stuff. However, the problem seems to be making time within busy work/family schedules to put the stuff together. And yea, we could play a bunch of gigs with tunes thrown together (we've all done it) but we wanted to do something better.

    2. We can learn the stuff at home (and do) but somethings have to be worked out together - vocal harmonies, arrangements, etc.
  12. Clank


    Jan 7, 2008
    Huntington Beach
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Strings
    Once a week. All orig.
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    1. If the guys don't make time, then you really don't have a band, just some guys who think they want a band. Or a band on a certain level, i.e. practicing once a month.

    2. If you can only learn 1 song a week, or every two weeks, etc. do the math. How long will it take to get 4 sets of 10 songs together?

    There's no magic.
  14. alembicguy

    alembicguy I operate the worlds largest heavey equipment Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    One of the bands I play with is a cover band and we dont rehearse together,everybody has a list of songs to learn off the original and show up at the gig and do them.
  15. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    That is why we are once a week. Any more just becomes a scheduling nightmare. But once a week seems doable.

    That is an important point. Often enough, the bass line that works great with the recorded version gets thrown out when we cover it. Or we start and stop the song different. That said, once you know the basic structure it is easier to change on the fly.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    That would drive me up a wall ... in a very short time I would hate all of the songs and all of the band members ...

    seriously if band members do their homework once a week is plenty ... if you over-rehearse then you start to suck.

    The band I am in sounds better when we take a whole month off ...
  17. We dont rehearse enough haha:meh:

    probably like once or twice a month, though at school we can sometimes and seeing as its an original band it doesnt matter as much
  18. bronzehydra


    Oct 14, 2008
    Mukilteo, WA
    I'm in highschool, so I can't practice very often. When I was in a band, practice was once a week for us. We had 2 types of practice: A and B. "A" is when we go to the drummer's house and practice with the whole band for about 5 hours. "B" is when we go to one of the Guitar players houses, spend the night (Yeah, i'm not too old to do that) and practice our parts throughout the night and the next morning.
  19. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Yes that can work to a point but you still have to work out keys, endings, beginnings, etc.
  20. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    And that is what we are grappling with. It maybe that some in the band will have to admit that while they’d like to be in a band they simply don’t have the time.

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