It seems that there are as many ways to rehearse a band as there are bands.
However, there are no sets of rules or formulas to setting up and carrying out a band rehearsal. Just the desire and determination to get a group of musicians and their equipment running like a well oiled machine as soon as possible.
Before you can rehearse though you need to find a rehearsal space that you and your band mates can be creative in.
Now that you have got a full crew and you have decided on a name it is time to get to the nuts and bolts of it all.
First of all you want to find a rehearsal space. This will depend on the size and type of group you have. A group with less members and equipment will survive in a smaller space but for a 4-5 piece folk rock band the space requirements will be larger/roomier.
So what choices do you have?
1. The Garage (Ah, so this is where the term "Garage band" comes from)
You or a band member may have a garage (or an outside rumpus room) that could be converted to a rehearsal space. If you are living with your parents then make sure that you tell them what you are wanting to do and get their permission (I know it's not rock and roll but it will eliminate headaches down the track).
Converting the space could consist of putting old mattresses on the wall to deaden the noise that will come out from the room (egg cartons don't work but they do look nice) and making sure that door gaps are sealed. Personalise the space by putting up some posters or anything that inspires you to keep going.
If you or your band members don't have this kind of space then maybe one of you friends might. Ask around. You just don't know what is out there unless you ask.
2. The Local Church (or Local Government) Hall
There are halls for hire all over the place if you look hard enough. Check in the yellow pages under 'Halls' and see what you turn up with. If you are friendly with the local church and they have a hall ask if you could use it when they are not (it's worked for me in the past).
If they are cool with the idea and they know that you are not a band that worships Satan in your lyrics they would be more than happy to help you out. It's all about networking once again. Beware, this option may cost money
3. Purpose Built Rehearsal Space
This option will cost money. You are hiring a rehearsal room specifically designed for the purpose. A good purpose built rehearsal space should have at it's disposal.
- A PA system and microphones
- Clean, well maintained rooms
- Amps (for hire)
- Strings and other accessories to buy (just in case of emergencies)
- Food and drink vending machines
- Chill out room
- Secure storage facilities
How much it will cost you will vary on the rooms themselves. My advice is to shop around, speak with the owners and at all times ask to come over and inspect the rooms. Once you found a space that is perfect for band bonding and song creation the battle is already halfway won.
Until next time,
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