Whether you’re a solo artist, or in a band, you need to rehearse. It is so important for all the band members to “speak the same musical language”. And if you are a solo artist, don’t just assume you will be able to get up there and play your songs live. Being able to record a song in a studio is completely different story than performing it live.
Rehearsal room is where you define your sound. It’s where you repeat the same thing over and over again, until it is committed to your muscle memory and in to your unconscious mind. In the rehearsal room is where you get the mistakes out of your system and build confidence. So when you eventually get up on that stage, you know exactly what you are going to do.
I know it feels like a social occasion, but it is not. If you want to take your music seriously, rehearsal room is where you do the heavy lifting. There is no rooms for alcohol or drugs there. These will only make things sound “better” in your mind. If you want to get some serious work done, get your set in to order in a timely manner, then come in with a clear and focused mind.
I know some of you will like to disagree with me, so here’s a challenge for you. We all have smart phones these days. Set up your camera in your rehearsal room and film a performance of few of your songs after you enjoyed few of those beverages, or other “recreational enhancers”. Don’t worry about watching it straight away, leave it until the next day. Then sit down with a clear mind and press play. I am pretty sure you will not be too impressed.
Rehearsal is where you do the hard work.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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