An unencumbered Jam Session may help explore new avenues, but if your goal as a group is to make the most of the allotted practice time, getting all members on the same page, and quickly, can prove challenging.
Here are three common issues that may arise during a group session and some easy-to-implement solutions to overcome them.
- Designate an organizer: The organizer is responsible for setting the date, time, place and making sure that all members are informed.
- Nominate a rehearsal leader: This person is responsible for making sure that the rehearsal runs smoothly. Duties include keeping members on task, watching the clock, providing materials, bringing snacks, set up and clean up…
- Set rehearsal objectives: Know what you want to get out of the session. Having clear objectives may help the group focus and obtain them.
- Set Rules: This may not be for every group, but agreeing on and outlining rules, and making sure that everyone is on board will provide a smoother experience.
- Take scheduled breaks: Having set, short intermissions will help members stay on track and maximize time together.
- Respect the schedule: Put in the necessary time to see the desired results. On the other hand, while it’s perfectly normal to be swept up in the mood and run over time, make sure that all members of the group are ok with continuing before doing so.
- Keep the mood positive: Practice sessions can be frustrating when things just aren’t coming together. Showing frustration may thwart efforts and bring down the mood. Stay upbeat, the rest will come.
- Put the cell phone away: If it isn’t an emergency, put the phone on vibrate and away. A ringing cell phone is not only an interruption, but worse, a distraction.
- Eat before rehearsal: A rumbling stomach may add some interesting noises, but it won’t have you playing your best. Eat before a session to avoid sugar levels (and attention) dropping.
- Practice the hard parts: It’s easy to repeat what comes naturally and what sounds good. Practice the trouble spots and they too will become easy.
- Record sessions: Recording what happens will allow the group to spot and address the pain points that may have been overlooked during the session.
- Talk: This may seem evident, but good communication can make all of the difference. Share your thoughts and concerns.
- Practice on your own: A group is only as good as its individual members. Don’t depend on the group session as your personal practice time. Come prepared out of respect and the well-being of the group.
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