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How does your band practice?

Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by ce24, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    We are changing to a circle facing each other... we've always practiced set up like a gig facing out. What do you guys who play in bands do?

  2. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Sep 20, 2015
    Canton, Ohio
    Cirlce. That's the only way we can get everyone to fit in my basement practice room. The circle format makes it easier to communicate. Of course, that's not really preparing you for all of the horrid venue setups you have to deal with, but... oh well. Nothing is perfect.
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  3. scottser

    scottser Tele-Holic

    Mar 6, 2009
    Loud and stoned usually
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  4. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Repeated for truth.
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  5. chris m.

    chris m. Friend of Leo's

    Circle. We still do a lot of visual communication live as well, even though we are not really in a circle anymore. Well, we're kind of in a circle but
    we're all facing outward instead of each other. Since I'm in front I do a fair bit of looking over my shoulders at the keys and drums. I don't think people
    really mind-- they see the communicating going on among the musicians and understand it's all part of the show. We're always having a blast on stage,
    smiling and getting energy from each other, and I think that energy is infectious to the crowd.

  6. Flat6Driver

    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

    Jan 14, 2013
    DC Burbs
    As if on stage for one and in a circle for the more informal jam session.

  7. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Trapezoid or scalene

  8. Stratandtele

    Stratandtele Tele-Meister

    Mar 31, 2016
    New Jersey
    Everybody learns the songs on their own, and we take a "leap of faith" late in the gig when the audience is good and drunk. Trial by fire if you will... Most of the time it works out just fine, with only an occasional train wreck.

  9. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    My credo, practice as you perform on stage ...... So that's an in an inward facing circle.

    Occasionally we will stand on boxes ......... for 60's tracks.
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  10. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Oct 27, 2015
    Melbourne, Austraila
    Facing each other.

  11. Pineears

    Pineears Tele-Holic

    Jun 25, 2016
    We stand in a line (only two of us). I set everything up just like a gig except I turn the mains towards us as additional monitors. Lyrics and chord changes are on a 42" screen in front of us.
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  12. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Used to always face out, like it was a gig. Just changed it up this past year.

    It may seem stupid, but it took me about 30 years to realize that everyone needs to stand directly in front of their own amp, and then don't let anyone else stand in the beam. Our old bass player used to stand directly in front of my amp, and then he'd always complain that he couldn't hear himself, and would keep turning up.

    Since he left our volume is much more manageable. We stand side by side, facing the drummer so we can communicate visually with him.

    And yes, you can put us in the "loud and stoned" group too.

  13. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    Same as the gig setup.

  14. Tele1966

    Tele1966 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 30, 2014
    Same setup as a gig but with amps (guitar/bass/keys) and stage monitors only, we don't bring out the mains. Our stage volume at practice is the same stage volume as a gig.

  15. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    Like a gig... will use small mains if recording the live mix sound or just floor monitors if not.

  16. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Nov 18, 2010
    The last of my bands ended about 10 years ago or so but the rehearsal setting was the same. Circular with everyone facing the drums. We ran guitars & vocals into a PA with left right monitors on shelves at about 5 ft from the floor and one either side of the drum kit but wide enough not to be directed at the drummer. Bass guita had his own amp and we also had a channel of bass going to the PA board. All in all, the sound and mix was pretty good.

  17. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    We just changed from a semi-circle facing the drummer, to facing out as if on stage. The new drummer is pretty deaf, so we point the amps at him. Seems to be working out.

    Being on one end, I can easily turn to make eye contact with the drummer—he watches us like a hawk!—and he's real good with cues & signals.

    I would like to rehearse louder, the other guitarist complains if it's "too loud." The bassist recently showed up with earplugs. The new drummer is just loud, period. But to me, that's a good thing cuz then everyone has to turn UP. :D

  18. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    I would like to be able to say that we rehearse together, and that practice is done by individual band mambers at home, but that would not be the truth.
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  19. Artunes

    Artunes Tele-Meister

    Mar 9, 2016
    Oshkosh, B'gosh
    I've been in bands that rehearsed in a circle, with only a few monitors set up. This was good for communication with each other.

    I've been in bands where we rehearsed as if we were playing a gig, with full production.

    The band I'm in now does not rehearse. We're too old for that sh*t.

  20. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2009
    Western Canada
    We setup the way we play at night...
    Not only does it feel natural... my ears are not pointed to the drum kit!

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