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fafinaf
12-30-2007, 02:32 PM
a practice where absolutely nothing productive happens?

littel
12-30-2007, 02:35 PM
Always :p:

Dazed/Confused
12-30-2007, 02:37 PM
Most of them, ya

mack attack
12-30-2007, 02:37 PM
Of course man

Guitarist132
12-30-2007, 02:38 PM
Tbh no. We had a lotta shows so i always wanted to make sure we were ready, and we were constantly writing

funkbass369
12-30-2007, 02:38 PM
yeah....it happens

thebroken
12-30-2007, 02:39 PM
Yep, that's what all of my bands so far have consisted of!

LeviW
12-30-2007, 02:44 PM
a practice where absolutely nothing productive happens?
That's probably been my last 80 hours of practicing. Worthless nothing that consists of nothing but doodling.

fafinaf
12-30-2007, 02:44 PM
we are usually very good in there (rehearsal studio) but sometimes we have these nights where were all tired, and we smoke, then we all kinda just jam weird stuff. It makes me feel icky the next day!

Guitar_Dan_666
12-30-2007, 02:44 PM
Yeah, all the time man.

mattyp90
12-30-2007, 02:46 PM
Not really, we've had sessions where we write a lot less than I'd perhaps like, but we still go through our set a few times, and as a pre-gig band, every time we play anything together it's productive, even if we know it by heart, it's always good to play together - there are always creases to iron out, and new things to learn about the songs and each other.
Maybe that'll change after the 1000th time of going through our oldest song...

lefthandman9876
12-30-2007, 02:47 PM
oh yea

today we recorded a version of moon chavs

very productive

JS5150
12-30-2007, 02:48 PM
Bomberman on the Gamecube is the reason why my band hasnt happened yet.

SSDDPunkRocker
12-30-2007, 08:04 PM
I wouldn't say our down time at practice is "useless". It allows us to bond more as friends, thus creating better stage chemistry. ;)

Gurgle!Argh!
12-30-2007, 08:10 PM
no. honestly i don't. i mean, we've had practices where we don't make any progression on arranging new material and where we just all play really bad, but i wouldn't say that makes them worthless. i think playing together when you're all off your a-game is a pretty good thing in some ways, because it makes your bad performances better. which is always good.

Ben Wright
12-30-2007, 08:16 PM
Yes. Sometimes we'll have a session where we'll get down 2 more songs in like 2 hours but other times we just won't get anywhere. It happens to all bands sometimes, that is why bands take a lot of time and commitment.

I found that you become more enthusiastic about doing band practice if you start to learn songs that you find brilliant and that the whole band enjoys. That way, practice becomes much more easy-going and fun.

lolmnt
12-30-2007, 08:37 PM
That't why my last band feel apart

Strati
12-30-2007, 09:47 PM
Some practices when someone walks in the room pissed off or in bad mood and completely uninspiried, lazy style....rubs off to everyone else and next thing you know you have stood there for 2 hours having repeated the setlist once and having only heard "no" to every suggestion anyone comes up with.

Most are pretty good though.

Under_The_Oath
12-31-2007, 12:07 AM
Every now and then, for sure.

pinkhaze29
12-31-2007, 12:10 AM
All the time haha

dividedsky
12-31-2007, 12:18 AM
Oh yes... unless you're counting Pizza and Jack Black movies as productive

SpiritOfRadio11
12-31-2007, 01:07 AM
Thats pretty much what all of our practicing is untill a week or two before a show

HethaHORRIFIC
01-01-2008, 05:40 AM
we sometimes have practises. where instead of hoping to write songs or practise our set, we just go there, hoping to enjoy having a jam. we do it for the fun of jamming. not the need to practise.

SlackerBabbath
01-01-2008, 08:06 AM
Yeah, it happens occasionaly when we have a rehearsal and non of us are in the mood to practice our set. We generaly just jam around for a while instead and see what comes out or sit down, have a drink and talk about band business instead.
So it's never really 'un-productive.'

godisasniper
01-01-2008, 09:13 PM
All last year, every single practice I attempted to organize failed. Now, however, my band is just me and my brother, and my parts are all written. All he has to do is write his trumpet part and practice that. And we don't need to organize for weeks to get a practice. I just invite him into my room. That's it. If the practice isn't working, we just stop and try later.

Ænimus Prime
01-01-2008, 10:33 PM
^ Just guitar and trumpet? What sort of music do you play?


To answer the thread: Yes

Tubyboulin
01-01-2008, 11:46 PM
90% of my practices are like that :(

CoolDudeMorgasm
01-02-2008, 12:50 AM
Eh, we all rock up at about 10 at the drummers house, play like 3 songs, get stumped of what to do, decide to take a break, go back for half an hour and try to write something, fail, take another break, eat lunch, watch tv or play xbox then just chill and surf the internet.

We don't get much done, but hey, were still having fun.

rhoads4ever
01-02-2008, 11:34 AM
There are some times when we jam through like our set list once, we all look at each other, agree that none of us feel like band practice (due to work, relationship money etc. stress) and we all just hang out and have a Dr. Phil session. a lot of times those turn into a song, so I guess its not that un productive.

Connor6c
01-06-2008, 07:40 PM
Today :(

Zen5887
01-06-2008, 08:25 PM
Eh, we all rock up at about 10 at the drummers house, play like 3 songs, get stumped of what to do, decide to take a break, go back for half an hour and try to write something, fail, take another break, eat lunch, watch tv or play xbox then just chill and surf the internet.

We don't get much done, but hey, were still having fun.

Holy crap are you in my band?

So yeah..Most of our practices are pretty much useless...

We play the songs that we've played 100s of times before then we sit down to write and we just sit there...

WhereArtEsteban
01-06-2008, 09:05 PM
Depends on your definition of 'productive' is....

6 hours of Mario Kart didnt seem that unproductive.......at the time :(

v8ko
01-06-2008, 09:39 PM
Were experiencing some down time...it just happens sometimes but have a plan and try to stick to it. Making a song is easy (generally) but there has to be some artistic flow happening. During slow practices its tough to write, normally I write all our stuff but Im always trying to get other bandmembers to pitch in.

So the plan for the slow time is a. understanding that yes we are all a bit bored it happens. b. look at some old material if it was good then perhaps it still is. c. work on effects, try and draw more out of a song. d. Its never a bad idea to link songs together (as one song ends it melds with the start of the next) if youve already done this try rearranging them...it might perk things up.

I hate downtime :(

Paul Lambeth
01-06-2008, 11:04 PM
There are some times when we jam through like our set list once, we all look at each other, agree that none of us feel like band practice (due to work, relationship money etc. stress) and we all just hang out and have a Dr. Phil session. a lot of times those turn into a song, so I guess its not that un productive.

Sounds like my old band, except "Dr Phil" session was replaced by the guy who's taken it upon him to lead the band showing us a crap song he's written, and making us learn it.