I’m always curious about the little details of things, such as how you rehearse.
Do you spend a lot of time waving your arm in the air and mouthing “Sorry!” to the others, because you’ve cocked up so massively that you cannot possibly carry on with that tune?
Do you rehearse one song until it’s so absolutely perfect that you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between it (if we smoked, which of course we don’t), or perhaps do you rehearse until fed up, do another and then come back to it?
Do you still rehearse stuff like “Telegraph Road”? (I cannot imagine that you would, but you might.)
Do you have to spend ages crawling around the floor looking for the correct lead for your “damper” pedal, or even the pedal itself, which has now slipped so far from you the bassist could use it?
How does a typical rehearsal go? Do you start with an old favourite, just to warm up, and then start a particularly tricky one?
How long do rehearsals last? Do you knock it on the head after 3 hours and nip off down the pub?
Are rehearsals planned out in advance, like what song is to be rehearsed on what day? Or perhaps you all turn up and go, “Er…”
*All of these questions (and admittedly there are a lot) are based upon my own experiences playing keyboards in bands. On one particular occasion, I looked over from my keyboard rig only to witness my guitarist texting his girlfriend! In the middle of a song! Needless to say, I stopped the song there and then, and flipped. That’s when it becomes difficult to be motivated. And that, my friends, is perhaps the reason why great musicians are great musicians, because they can power through such soul-destroying, life force-sapping moments and still maintain the motivation to carry on playing.
P.S. I’m still learning what you can do on this forum, like italicising
quoting yourself or others.
What fun. Cheers!
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