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While sound proofing can be very effective, sound can be very easily transmitted through air and solid like walls or floors. So in a condo you may be able to sound proof your walls to limit the sound to neighbours, but as anyone who has ever lived above a neighbour knows, your floor will transmit a lot of sound. A detached house will be much better, as ...


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As I see it, only you and your bandmates can answer this, because it depends on what you want to do. First off, if you're not gigging... what exactly are you rehearsing for? Someone needs to step up and book gigs, or else I don't see why there's a band in the first place. Assuming you have gigs at some schedule, then I see rehearsal potentially doing three ...


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If you are serious about this, you need to spend a LOT of money. You really need to build a "room within a room", with the floor mounted on a very soft foundation such as flexible airbags, so there is no vibration transmitted through the structure of the house. Then you can think about soundproofing the walls, floor, and ceiling of the inner room to stop ...


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Let's just say you want to play as loud as you would in a concert. A little googling turns up 110 to 120db being a pretty standard range for concert volumes. The city of Binghamton, NY, USA conveniently posts their noise ordinance as a helpful chart. I'm not sure how representative these are, but they limit levels of sound in multi-unit buildings to 45db at ...


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This is not a question of whether the band is rehearsing the right way or the wrong way. Since the band has existed longer than you've been a member, and the other members are content with the situation, the band's current rehearsal seems to fit the goals of the other members. They might be more interested in playing comfortable material than pushing ...


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One question that this spawns is Has the band played many gigs - in the 6 mths you've been with them? I suspect the answer is no. Too much time spent (wasted) in rehearsals to have a playlist of enough numbers. Sounds harsh. But I've been (for short times, I hasten to add!) in bands like this. I call them 'rehearsal bands' as this is all they do! Some do it ...


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Everyone play to the drummer. This might sound obvious but it's a serious answer. I've played the worst venues all over europe and bad sound onstage is any touring musicians worst nightmare. What is true almost 100% of the time is that everyone can hear the drummer. So, everyone tune to the drummer and trust that everyone else is doing the same and you'll ...


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The answer is simple: Everybody does this his own way. David Gilmour is known to rehearse a lot with his bands. He's someone who values the chemistry between band members very highly, and he also gets a lot of important input from the people around him. Jon Carin, Guy Pratt and Dick Parry are a few people who are known to have contributed very much to the ...


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I joined a band, as a bass player, where we DID have a drummer but I was the only member with any sort of "formal" music training (rhythm exercises, reading music, etc.) and we had similar problems. Our timing was off, and we'd drag sometimes. We'd all stay together, but we couldn't play anything tight. What worked for me, to get the issue of rhythm into ...


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They MUST hear each other. If the sound system doesn't enable this, sort it out. Everyone playing quieter is often a good starting point. You know what you're playing. Listen to everyone else!


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The live music industry is increasingly moving towards IEMs (in-ear monitors). With a bit of work, a good setup can be as cheap as having your own wedges, and it ensures that, as long as the mix is good, you have perfectly reproducable results no matter what the stage acoustics are like. You may balk at the cost of some higher-end systems ($1000 for custom ...


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It really depends on what you mean by "loud volumes", what would be acceptable to your neighbors, and what the pre-existing situation of the dwelling you intend to inhabit is. Your question isn't really answerable with specifics. In my experience as a musician in apartments, townhomes, and single family homes, you can either buy the right dwelling and play ...


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This question is probably more about etiquette than music. They way to avoid giving offence is to frame it as your problem, not theirs - "I'm having some trouble with the rhythm here, I wonder if you can help me..." What you need to work out is whether the complex time signature changes are deliberate or accidental. Perhaps they're prog-heads who enjoy ...


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To add to the other answers let me share some practical ideas I have learned over the years from the days when I used to build homes and build out office space. These ideas will help you reduce considerably reduce the volume of any sound transmitted outside of your practice space, regardless of where you set it up. Sound travels through the air. It ...


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I don't think this has a definite answer. There are music stars that would rehearse with the band at all rehearsals and there are others that would join them in the last 2-3 rehearsals. This would depend on a few reasons; If the band doesn't know the songs, the 'music star' might be bored to be there when they learn them, so he/she might wait for them to ...


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At the end of the day, there is nothing wrong with frequent time signature changes, as long as it's groovy, nor with tempo changes, as long as everyone does them together. If you're going to have that kind of weird stuff, though, it will probably be as off-putting to a listener as it was to you. Whether or not the way they currently have arranged it is ...


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I guess they've not recorded and listened to their renditions. If they did that, and tapped along or tried to dance to the tunes, it may bring some home truths. They have probably played together for so long and rehearsed so much that anomalies in timing have crept in. 'Practice makes perfect' - it also makes unknown mistakes indelible. On the other hand, ...


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Short answer: They are probably turning up too loud, or hitting drums too loud. Find the worst offender in the band, and call them out on it. Continue until the band is under control. If they don't have monitors, they all need to be quiet enough for the vocalist to hear him/herself. If there is no vocal monitor, rent one and use a y-split cable to feed it. ...



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