Whether you fancy yourself a group of casual hobbyists or working pros, band practice is quintessential to furthering your skill, improving communication, and making advances in your musical pursuit. And despite whatever experience level you may have, every musician will leave at least one band practice feeling like it was a total waste of time.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid wasting time by having a better, more productive band practice.
1. Allow enough time
Some musicians have several practices a night, some have extensive travel times, and some arrive from their day jobs. Time is valuable, so try to avoid scheduling band practice for too long or short so as not to waste anyone’s time. A productive band practice is ideally between 2–4 hours, which includes several 10–15-minute breaks. It’s important to maximize your work time, but equally as important to allow time to unwind.
2. Set goals
Start a productive band practice by setting goals. Whether you plan on writing new material or running over a gig setlist, it’s important to come into practice with goals and a plan to maximize productivity. By keeping your goals realistic and achievable within your practice time, you and your bandmates will work together more cohesively to accomplish the task. If you’re working on new material, try to finish a song skeleton. If you have an upcoming gig or session, work on perfecting certain sections that need attention.