Rehearsal studios are professional spaces that are purpose-built to maximize rehearsal time through quality acoustics and equipment. Where you practice effects how you practice. If you’re the member of your band, or musical group, who’s responsible for finding a place to rehearse, then you probably know how difficult finding a reliable place to practice your music can be.
While we would probably all love to exclusively rehearse in professional spaces, many times it’s just not possible. Bands find places to practice in garages, backyards, basements, and pretty much any flat dry place with an electrical outlet. Makeshift rehearsal spaces will always have their place in the daily lives of any music group, but occasionally utilizing professional rehearsal studios can really take the quality of your sound to the next level.
In this article, we’re going to show you what to look for when you pick your next rehearsal studio and how that selection can affect how you practice. Our list of do’s and don’ts to follow when you’re picking your next rehearsal studio will help you make the best decision for your music and your budget.
Why is the space you rehearse in so important?
It’s a great question that most people probably don’t give a second thought to. More often than not, a rehearsal studio is chosen out of necessity. Bands will adapt their rehearsal technique to match the space that they have available.
Finding a good and reliable place to rehearse is always a challenge. If you rehearse in a residential area, then you have to worry about sound ordinances. If you are using a friend’s space, then there is always the possibility that it won’t be available. Many times the acoustics are not great in a space that is not designed for playing music.
Nobody is arguing that the opportunistic approach to finding rehearsal space works, but there’s definitely a point where rehearsing in a professional studio becomes necessary to tackle big musical challenges. Professional rehearsal studios are built to ensure that every second you spend practicing is productive and meaningful.
Selecting your next studio
There are some specific things that you should consider after you’ve made the decision to rent a professional rehearsal studio. Below is our list of do’s and don’ts that can help you make the best choice of rehearsal studio space regardless of if it’s a professional studio or a garage.
Make sure it’s conveniently located for everyone in the band: This is especially true if you plan on rehearsing in a professional studio on a regular basis. If the members of your group live far away from each other, then rotate the spaces to be convenient for different people at different times.
Make sure the acoustics are good: Different rehearsal studios are acoustically optimized for different types of music. You should do some recon and make sure that the space will work the kind of music that you play before you commit.
Make sure you have enough space for all your equipment: You need to pick a space that fits your band members an all their equipment. There is nothing worse than feeling cramped or crowded when you’re trying to focus. Spatial compromises should be reserved for when you’re up on stage, not when you’re rehearsing.
Make sure the space is available when your band members are, and agree upon a specific time to rehearse: Timing is so important when it comes to rehearsal coordination. Ensure that the time you pick works for everyone and their different schedules. The more flexible that the space you choose is on time the better. You should be able to lock down a place and time to rehearse in minutes, not days.
Rehearse in a place with noise ordinances: You’ll only need to worry about this if you’re rehearsing in a non-professional studio. If you choose to practice at a friend’s house make sure that you don’t violate any local noise ordinance by playing too loud.
Put undue pressure on a band member by using their space all the time: More often than not, one band member will have a space that works well for rehearsing. It’s very tempting to use a space like this over and over again, but it can be unfair to that band member. If you can, try and rotate the space that you use for rehearsal, so everyone stays happy.
Get involved in a long-term rehearsal studio rental agreement: Many times when you rent a space to rehearse in there will be an option to commit to a longer term rental. Don’t do this. Maintaining flexibility when it comes to rehearsal space is a must.
Use a space that doesn’t inspire you: What’s the point of rehearsing in a dull, drab, and uninspired environment? It doesn't take a scientist to tell you that practicing in a place that you hate will negatively affect how you play.
Choosing the right rehearsal studio can make all the difference. While the space you choose to rehearse in might not seem like the most important thing to your band, picking the right space can lead to better performances.
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