A professional band rarely makes mistakes, they are in complete control of their performance and no longer need to adlib or improvise to find what works in a live setting.
Here we look at some tips on how to become a tighter band;
1. Practice with a purpose - This means a real commitment from all band members that each musical part should support the whole sound. Yes, it's fun to go mental with a guitar solo or express yourself with a drum fill, but is it right for the song?
2. Practice in sections - Set aside time to have a back line practice with just drums and bass. Solidify your parts and focus on getting repeatable parts.
3. Individual consistency - Make sure each musician plays with consistency. For example, with the drums the snare drum should be played with consistent volume. Hitting the snare soft, then hard, then accidentally hitting the rim does not help make the music sound solid or 'rooted'.
4. Practice more - Your band should be practicing at least 3 times a week and gigging once a week. No excuses, sorry! On top of that you should have individual practices to 'nail' your parts.
5. Listen - Make it a priority to listen to your fellow band mates. Choose to listen to the bassist all the way through the song. Hear what he plays and how it effects your part. Do the same for all instruments and learn how to compliment each other.
6. Volume and balance - Set the volumes appropriately. You don't need to be as loud as you think to get the job done. You are a band so try not to fight one another for center stage. If you know about frequencies you can start to EQ your instruments to fit into the overall mix better also.
Can you add any ideas to this list? How do you make sure your band is tight? Please comment below and subscribe.
If you see your favorite bands play live you will notice they sound tight and 'in the pocket'. But how do you achieve this level of control with your band?
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