so i play with a fusion band with SEVEN musicians and i just cant figure whats the most efficient way to sound check before each gig. here's the line up and the order we usually go on in 1. drummer 2. percussionist 3. bass guitar 4. guitar 5. keyboard 6. flute 7. vocals and backing vocals the drummer and percussionist take the longest of time so they go first. then guitar, bass and keys are sorted out after the flute and vocals. BUT then i dont know how or where to start with the monitors? do we all play a song together and get our basic monitor mixes fixed up after that? its a such a challenge from there just getting the monitors all done quickly in a planned order. normally it just keeps going around in circles and the sound engineer at the desk is going crazy trying to follow what every one needs at the same time. how can we "plan" to go over the monitor mix for each musician in an orderly manner so we can get really get it done every gig! any suggestions, ideas or full blown charts will be awesome! and yeah am not even worried about the FOH mix and sound thats the engineer's job since we really hear much of it anyway my idea is if we can get everything done quickly then he can just handle the FOH way better with his time. looking forward! EDIT: we all have a wedge monitor each. the lead vocalist gets two wedge monitors and we have backline amps or guitar and bass. the guitar is mic'd but I go DI to the desk and use the bass amp to hear myself better. most days everyone has a separate aux so they can each have individual monitor mixes.