7 Ways to Sound Tighter as a Band

Rehearse more

The most simple but effective way to get better as a band is to rehearse more. When you rehearse focus on your weak parts of songs. Parts where the tempo slows or speeds when it shouldn’t or parts where the bass player keeps tripping up. Ironing out these creases is always a must if you want to progress as a band.

Record yourself

Record rehearsals, gigs, anything at all. Be objective in your analysis and really try and pick up on all the things you’re doing right or wrong. You may want to analyse it with someone out of the band to get a more objective opinion. This can help you focus on particular things that you need to practice in your next rehearsal.

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Play with and without a click

To really lock in and get tighter as a band you should try playing with and without a click track (metronome). Being able to play with a metronome can facilitate better groove. Try playing around with where your music feels compared to the metronome. The bass may be laying behind the beat as well as the drums while the guitar is dead on the beat. These differences are really cool to observe. When you take the click away it should almost feel as if it’s still there.

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Gig more

The more you get out there and play the better you’re going to be for it. Getting some experience under your belt can never be understated. If you do what you’re doing more then you’re bound to get better at it over time. Just be observant and find better ways of what you’re doing, whether that be crowd interaction, eye contact or technical performance.

Play selflessly

You’re not the hero of the band so don’t pretend to be. Play for the band and not for yourself. Bryant Harris and I talked about this in a podcast and it’s so true. If you give yourself to the music and stop playing to ‘impress people’ then the band is going to sound so much tighter and more organic.

Give constructive criticism

Don’t be afraid to talk to each other about what you could be doing better. If the drummer keeps dropping beats make him/her aware of it but just don’t be an ass about it. If you keep sweeping flaws under the rug you won’t develop as a band and get to that next level you wish to achieve.

Get better gear

If you’re developing as a band and you’re still playing on the dodgy instruments you started with it might be a good idea to upgrade. I’m not saying to buy the most expensive stuff, you don’t need the ‘best’¬†gear, just better gear. If you’re happy with the sound and by sound I mean the tone of your instruments then don’t worry about this one.

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