1. Have you practiced before the rehearsal?
The key to rehearsing is to look at it as a time to build arrangements and getting the band to ‘gel’ with a song. Rehearsing is different to personal practice times.I always try to get my band members to learn chords, parts, lyrics, melodies etc well before they come to rehearse. Try to create a culture where set lists, charts, MP3s etc are emailed to the band a good few days before the rehearsal and it really will speed up the creative process on the day. This also allows musicians to bring a ‘worshipful offering’ of a part they have thought through.
2. Who’s in charge?
It’s very unusual for a band to operate efficiently as a democracy so have a leader or musical director for your rehearsals. That person doesn’t necessarily have to be the worship leader but they do need to have a broad understanding of each instruments role and some creative directional ability. Also most great pop music has been made in teams so they should welcome and be able to integrate creative input from other musicians.
3. Can you see each other?
Bands often rehearse facing a fictitious audience but for developing arrangements physically arrange your team where they can see each other, even facing each other, perhaps in a circle. Communication is so much easier when you can see everyone and read their expressions. Read More