This is just a lighthearted look at the always disappointing bad band practice. Share your stories, gripes, etc. Our group has been riding a high for awhile now. We dropped two members and became a trio, which has been fantastic. We’re all good listeners and tuned into each other, so we are enjoying the flexibility and creativity that comes from that. We had to add, subtract, and alter tunes because of this of course. Recently booked a gig on short notice that has us trying to nail down the entirety of our set in quick fashion. Not stressful, but definitely a challenge that we recognize and embrace. Last night I show up with some changes on my board due to replacing a faulty delay pedal. I kick on the delay during an instrumental part of the first song and I’ve mixed it way to high. It sounds like I’m 16 posting a Facebook video after I just got my first delay pedal. Just embarrassing. Of course, nothing felt right after that and I was critiquing myself the rest of the night. The drummer (who is unfortunately dealing with some health issues) is struggling with some obvious fatigue and missing some transitions, starts and stops. The bass/singer starts out ok, but eventually joins us down at the bottom of the barrel, forgetting lyrics, bass parts, etc. It had its good moments, but we are all pretty critical of ourselves and it was not at all where we like to be. 30 minutes before our normal stop time, we all comment how terrible we sound, have a laugh, and decide to pack up early before we completely destroy the confidence we’d built up in the last month. We’ll brush it off start with fresh ears and minds next time.