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rehearsal space/studio must haves!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Blunk, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Blunk


    Aug 14, 2002

    our drummer built his own stupid/rehearsal space that we are going to be using from now on.

    its still quite bare, the walls haven't been painted, no carpetting yet, but a few posters went up.

    i was just wondering what sort of paraphenalia (if that's the correct spelling!...ah who cares!) people have in their studios, rehearsal spots?

    i figured the standards would be: couch, lava lamp, and some weird lights (xmas lights or something)...i was trying to think of some sort of cool studio "warming" present to buy him to put in the studio.

    i'm sure someone has a bong in their studio too...i won't be rocking any weed, just my jazz bass!

    i thought of some sort of weird stuffed animal, just something totally bizarre...or maybe that's just me :p

    what weird stuff do you people have in your rehearsal spots?
  2. Good question. I`d say that a mini fridge (beer, wine, diet coke, whatever) and various Playboy/Penthouse centerfolds are, if not quite essential, at least very, very important...
  3. agcarver


    Sep 14, 2004
    I was in a band where we practiced in a guys unfinished basement so we made it our Rock HQ. We had easy chairs, a TV with a couch, an old kitchen table for all the recording stuff when we did that, a mini fridge for brews, and all sorts of other stuff. I figure a good practice space is part rock and roll, part college dorm room. Which means you'll need a gym bag of nudie mags, and someone's old old video game system, like Atari for breaks.
  4. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Two words:

    Velvet Elvis
  5. troll


    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    I thought about bringing in one of my computers for storing ideas, recording, and click track/drums when the drummer is not there... Does that count? :)

  6. agcarver


    Sep 14, 2004
    Ohh yeah can't go wrong with that
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    At least one mysogonistic/jingositic poster of near or near naked women.
    Horror movie poster.
    Ironic poster (I.E. Justin Timberlake, etc).
    Christmas lights (indoor).
    Stolen neon bar sign (preferably some bar named McBalls or something)
    Road sign you actually bought off the internet
    At least one empty bottle of Jagermeister and/or Jack Daniels, even if you didn't actually consume them.

    ...I think that about covers it.
  8. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Depends on what you're rehearsing. If you're rehearsing stage presence, a big mirror sometimes helps. If you're interested in recording your rehearsals, I'd install a permanent recorder with a snake to all the relevant mic positions, and so on. All that stuff is just "operational".

    In the "comfort" area, it's a different story. Couches and a table are always good. Maybe a big chair or two, so when the drummer's being a bad boy he can be banished to the tall chair. Definitely a mini-fridge and a wet bar. (Don't forget to ground the sink). :D

    A permanent fixture in our space is a boom-box, so we can spontaneously listen to tapes and CD's. And, finally, locks. Lots of locks. :)
  9. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    A goat, first-aid kit, and a baseball bat...


    Anyway, if air conditioning is not an option, a fan is a must.
  10. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    if you're in the midatlantic area (east coast US) I've got SEVERAL road signs you can have. I'm fixin' ta move, you see.
  11. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    neon lights
    video games
  12. Blunk


    Aug 14, 2002
    well i've been trying to think up the most bizarre things possible:

    a spice rack,

    some sort of electrical equipment that doesn't work (although our drummer is an electrician) and was never meant to work,

    a stuffed cat/dog (i saw on a cribs re-run manson gave twiggy a stuffed mongoose or something)

    a cliff richard 2005 calendar (i saw one in HMV the other day)

    and i'm sure a lot of you are thinking, with trying to think up all this junk to go into the place...how are they going to fit in?

    we'll cross that bridge when we come to it :D

    its the buzz of a new studio, kinda like moving into a new house i guess!
  13. cosmodrome

    cosmodrome Registered User

    Apr 30, 2004
    ****town, Netherlands
    a jimi hendrix poster & comfy couches.
  14. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    An aquarium full of piranhas to "punish" overplaying guitarists.
  15. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    A nice new bong and a fat sack of weed are usually nice studio warming presents :p
  16. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    Genius, pure genius. Why didn't I think of that.
  17. Blunk


    Aug 14, 2002
    Velvet Elvis?

    is that actually a velvet elvis presley? or is it something else?

    it'd actually be a cool band name!

    maybe a dartboard with some lame ass boy band stuck on the background...actually the possibilities are endless really, as awful as my imagination, and as lacklustre as my taste!
  18. ambolina

    ambolina Guest

    Apr 7, 2004
    San Diego, Ca
    Jeez - this place is such a boys club! =P

    Ok, from a practical standpoint, just b/c my band built their own rehersal space also, I noticed you said your walls are bare. Before you figure out which velvet paintings and hot rod babe calendars you want to stare at for the next couple of months, did you put any kind of anything on the walls to absorb the sound so it isn't bouncing off the walls all over the place? Better do that. We put up panels of some sort of light-weight board. Then you can each claim your panels and have fun spray painting/tagging them if you want.

    And tube-christmas lights look really cool running along the top and the bottom of the wall.

    You'll want a fan or several since you guys will be getting all hot and bothered in there.

    Happy porn-gathering.
  19. alapantera


    Mar 22, 2004
    you'll want a stool for every member minus the drummer. I don't know about you guys buy when my rehersals start pushing 2 hrs i don't usually feel like standing anymore.

    and plenty of guitar stands, wall mounted or otherwise.

    oh and don't forget some coasters so you don't get beer rings on your equipment.
  20. -various Steely Dan CD's
    -incense burner
    -bongo drums