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Tips On How To Make Your Band Sound Better
Looking to improve the sound of your band? I write regularly about this here on my hubpages as well as my 'Sound Advice' blog. Ive put together a few quick tips that could really help you if you haven't already thought about them.
1 - Rehearse Regularly - This seems obvious but rehearsing is the most important part to getting your band tighter and more confident. If you rehearse once a week think about rehearsing twice a week. For more info on making rehearsals more interesting see my other posts.
2 - Write Separately to Rehearsals - Some bands get ll their kit to the rehearsal room and then decide its time to write a song. You have just wasted your time. Why waste money on a rehearsal studio when you can write together anywhere?! - Just dont do it in the pub - there are too many distractions.
3 - Record & Listen - Record either your live gig or your rehearsal and listen back to it. You will start to notice things that you haven't before and be able to make positive changes to it.
4 - Ask Advice From Non-Bias Individuals - Your friends will always tell you that you sound great. But ask a sound engineer or label owner for constructive criticism and take it one board. Even if they tear your baby to pieces.
5 - Know Your Sound - If you don't have your own sound guy its important that you know how you want to sound. For instance if your a rock band with drums/bass/guitar/keys, do you want the keys sitting high in the mix or the guitar? Dont say both because it doesn't work. If you have backing vocals do you want them prominent with the lead vocals or adding subtle harmonies and low in the mix? Once you know this you can tell the engineer how you want to sound - they will appreciate this as a starting point.
6 - Create Space in The Mix - Remember you don't have to have every instrument playing at all times during every song. If it sounds better without you playing in a part; don't play. Adding a part just to give yourself something to do is a detriment to the band.
7 - Complimentary Guitars - If you have two guitars think about the sound they are creating as a whole. You should look to have them both taking up a different part of the sound spectrum. For more on this read my guitarist blog post. If both the guitars sound the same its difficult to distinguish between the two. This leads to people complaining they can't hear one of the guitars (And its not because one isn't loud enough).
8 - Enjoy Yourself!
Daniel runs a Sound & Lighting company in Leeds and often helps bands to improve their sound. But only if they ask!