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if you are in a band?
just curious like
All with full time jobs as well, it's tiring...
how do you fit that it?
3 x weeknights for 3-4 hours
All dayer on sunday 12-8
Little practises on other days.
We all moved in together you see, so practise is plentiful.
still an enormous amount of time tho
and its hard to keep up sometimes. It involves a lot of sacrifice. (less nights out,less taking trips out of town, co-ordinating time away and stuff)
But we decided about a year ago to really go for it, its not the sort of thing we can do when we're older and we don't want to look back and wish we'd worked harder at it.
It's paid off so far, hopefully things keep going well!
but only 4-5 together, the rest is "homework", does that count?
you cheating bastard!
from 0 - 12 probably
its not very structured but there is only two of us which makes it easier to synch up
On saturday afternoon. We'd like to do 2 sessions a week but we are poor musicians so cant afford to. We still get shit-loads done mind and we're as tight as a nats chuff!
and i'm in tobago from june till august saving turtles...
but in august we'll be taking the Fortune_Favours schoool of MENTAL thought and then its top of the pops.
But 2 sessions of 2 hours (a week) keeps us tight. We all spend a few hours a week seperately learning our parts though. If we have a gig coming up, we try and cram in as much as we can beforehand.
we're rarely tight, but it keeps things fresh. where the tightest sounding song is always the one thats just been written hehe...itching to play again i am
you're arranging songs/how many people there are in the band/how you write the songs/how many vocal parts you have and many other factors as well though.
its not really about playing perfectly, just aiming to do the ideas justice.
every band has a very personal and different way of working don't they. There aren't really any rules.
it's more about being able to go into autopilot and play no matter what happens onstage, be it stage-fright/fights/jumping about/whatever else - can all distract from the boring bit of actually playing an instrument
i mean...some of our songs we've been playing for two years and you know...its the last thing we want to practice. I think theres a compromise, some of the worst gigs i've been to as a fan are those that sound exactly like the record...y'know?
Songs that you can play without thinking or just bang out by rote often lose whatever it was that made the song good/exciting in the first place. I suppose there's a balance - we've dropped some good tunes just because we were bored of playing them, but the new ones that you 'might just' fuck up live...them's fun. Anyone have a drink and drugs limit/rule?
If we have a gig we usually have a bit of a run through though.
This will all change soon when we have nothing else to do and will probably be rehearsing eight days a week.
our writing is included in the afore mentioned 0 - 12 hours. basically, how much time do you spend on band 'stuff'
managing band affairs. Even though we're not exactly well known yet, it takes ages replying to emails and sorting stuff out. Managers don't get the credit they deserve! I haven't even tried writing songs yet. Every song I've written, I've done in about five minutes, then we've played it in rehearsal and I've changed a few things around. I try not to practice guitar, it's more fun playing live then!
of signing a deal good enough to give up day jobs etc?
That's the dream innit.
a week, dependent on if we have a show that week. But if you want to be good I'd practice more than us.
we don't have jobs we're just finishing off university. Hopefully the right deal will come along before I have to think about getting a real job!
alone or together.
our main set is as polished as its ever going to get, so we dont have the desperate "omg need to practise before the gig" when i used to move in with john for days on end to get stuff done.
so now i guess maybe 3 hours a week
Maybe more if there's a gig coming up that we want to impress people at, but normally that's more than enough time...
8-12 hours a week 'loud' in a studio, plus every available hour at home writing/programming.
this seems to be average, my voice dies after then and no amount of honey water can revive it. Plus our drummers arms go wrong.
for the actual band. i spent more time working on stuff on my own.
a two hour practice every Wednesday night and every other Saturday we practice / write for 3-4 hours.
We're starting to take things a bit more seriously now, so we're probably going to have an extra practice every week.
I write all the songs myself and the bands come up with their own parts - I've no idea how much they practice that individually. Everyone in the band knows the bulk of our songs pretty well by now so we don't really need to rehearse them as a band.#
We've got a consciously chaotic and loose live sound anyway so it's not like we need to get any tighter.
We have a run through before each gig but I don't want to practice most of the songs more as the rawness works for us (obviously this is something that very much depends on the band you're in - obviously most bands would need to rehearse more regularly than we do).
That said we've got a few newer songs which harmonies and more precise arranagements so I'm keen to rehearse those a bit more but I still can't see us going over 4 hours once every couple of weeks.
that my band are more a 'collective' than a conventional band and all have either solo projects, band projects or both on the go at the same time (our drummer plays drums in 3 bands, bass in 1 and guitar/vox in another!) which means that:
a) everyone plays a lot anyway so is more than comfortable on their instruments
b) no-one has time to rehearse.
A lot of the time when I'm not playing with the band I perform my songs solo so I know the songs well from doing that. The amount of time I spend practising solo* is probably 10 - 20 hours a week.
*insert masturbation joke here
and then only play the set through once.
make sure you only gig once ever couple of months and don't all live in the same city. also make sure that very few people actually like you.
keep that up until you absolutely have to work to eat, cos it's a slippery slope to get back after that...
you don't do it cos it's fun, you do it cos you have to! life of a tortured artist 101. That's what keeps me up insomnia style in the wee hours anyway :D how emo.
3 or so.
hours a week for us. hoping to increase that soon though.
we do 3 hours a week, and thats only under duress. we dont do any writing outside of practise so it takes us forever to write anything in our tiny allocation.
my bands been together (ive just properly calculated this) we have rehearsed for a total of 10 hours...
doesnt seem like much but our studio is expensive
but we squish it all in somehow.