The Rehearsal Survival/Excel Guide

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Guitarist at Bluesfest
1.Be set up and ready to play by start time, even if no one else is. Doing this will communicate volumes about how seriously you take rehearsals. Do this, sound great, and you will be a well-trusted guitar player.

2. Listen to the music, know your parts.

3.Be ready for anything. Changes happen at the last minute. Be flexible and ready for the unexpected. Treat every surprise with a cheerful and optimistic heart and you will be a cherished guitar player.

4. Have your pedal board ready. Double check connections if you need to. Make sure set up will be easy for you. You should only have to plug in a couple cables and a power chord. This will minimize your set up time so you can focus on more important things…like tuning.

5. Tune before every song. Do this quietly without any sound coming out of your amp or PA.

6. Don’t play Metallica Riffs between songs. I may or may not know this from experience.

7. Have a Volume Plan of Attack. We have all heard it before: “Can you turn down?” You know it’s going to happen so come up with a strategy for dealing with volume without hurting your town. There are lots of options so be creative.

8. Prepare yourself to play what the songs needs, not necessarily what you first want to play. Put the needs of the song above your own. I just put a put a Proco Rat on my pedal board. For those who don’t know, the Rat spits out gain like a fire hose. I showed up to rehearsal with anticipation of testing it out just to find out that we had a pretty mellow set that Sunday. The new pedal got no playing time that weekend, but the songs got what they needed. As much as it hurts for me to say, the song takes priority over personal preference.

9. Play John Mayer Riffs, but only on occasion.

Stay sharp.


2 Responses to "The Rehearsal Survival/Excel Guide"
  1. Karl says:

    Wow. Amazing post. 1 and 8 are beautiful. Thanks, brother! Oh, and 5 is just plain hilarious…for how many times I see it not done. hehe

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Karl. I should have followed my own advice on #5 this Sunday.

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