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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Practice at Your Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio


February 19, 2021

Band practice is the best way for bands to make progress. But if you don’t maximize productivity at practice, it has the potential to turn into a big waste of time. Here are some tips from a Kansas City music rehearsal studio for making the most out of your band’s practices.

#1—Put Someone in Charge

Appointing someone as a leader to schedule and prepare material for rehearsals enables your bandmates to avoid pointless discussion about what will be accomplished at the practice. The person chosen to take on this role should be organized and comfortable taking charge.

#2—Video Your Practices

Many bands record the sound of their practices, but they often don’t think about making a video recording of the practice as well. When you make a video recording, it puts you in the shoes of the audience members, so you’ll have a better idea of what they will be seeing. It can also enable you to identify shortcomings with your performance. You may want to watch the video midway through your practice so you can make needed improvements to the second half of your practice. (Check out this article for reviews of the best cameras for musicians.)

#3—Rehearse in the Same Positions You’ll Perform In

Many bands rehearse in a circle, facing each other. This enables your bandmates to communicate with one another, but chances are you won’t be playing a show this way. When you rehearse in a circle, you can become overly reliant on visual communication—and you won’t have this advantage for a live show. Developing your nonvisual communication skills will serve you well when it comes to performing.

#4—Keep a Practice Journal

All you need is a cheap spiral notebook to keep track of how your practices went. It’s also a way to track short- and long-term goals. Include what went well about the practice—and what didn’t, along with notes for areas to work on improving for the next rehearsal.

#5—Be On Time and Prepared

This one is a no-brainer. Being late to practice is disrespectful toward your fellow band members and can really hinder progress and productivity. 

Make sure you practice on your own in between rehearsals so you are up to speed on the material you’ll be working on. This will save a lot of time for the entire band in the long run. It doesn’t take all that much extra time, and it will significantly improve your productivity when you are together as a band.

#6—Be Tough on Mistakes

Go above and beyond, and play your material as close to perfect as possible. Being sloppy is not good for your band—or for your audience. Everyone appreciates a slick, live performance.

Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio

If you want to get the most out of your practice, you need a Kansas City music rehearsal studio. Look no further than Soundstructure to rent a practice space. Join other Kansas City musicians at our perfectly sound isolated rooms for practicing and perfecting your musical talents. Give us a call to learn more!
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Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio Talks About Music and Mental Health


February 5, 2021

Musicians who come to our Kansas City music rehearsal studio will be the first to tell you that listening to music is entertaining and relaxing. But it might come as a surprise to learn that studies show music can even make you healthier. Music can energize people, and it can also help with pain management. The psychological effects of music have also been noted. Music therapy is often used to promote good mental health and help people deal with stress and anxiety. (For more information on the benefits of music therapy, read What Is Music Therapy? by the American Music Therapy Association.)

Let’s take a look at the impact of music on mental health.

Music Can Reduce Stress

The idea that music can reduce stress has been around for a long time. More recently, there has even been a trend that is centered on meditative music that is designed to calm the mind and create relaxation. Listening to music of any kind can be an effective way to cope with stress. Studies have shown that people in stressful situations recover more quickly when they are listening to music because of its positive impact on the central nervous system.

Music Can Help You Lose Weight

If you are trying to eat less so you can drop a few pounds, eating in a dimly lit room while playing music can help. One study, in fact, showed that people who ate in low-lit restaurants while listening to relaxing music ate nearly 20 percent less than people who ate in brighter restaurants. The theory behind this is that people who are in a more relaxing setting might eat more slowly and are more aware when they are full.

Music Can Increase Your Motivation

If you find you need music while you work out, you are not alone. In studies, most people found it easier to work out while listening to fast-paced, upbeat music Creating a playlist of upbeat, fast-paced music will boost your motivation—especially when you are logging a several mile run or some serious time on a stationary bike. 

Music Can Decrease Depression

Studies have shown that music therapy can safely and effectively treat mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. This also includes people who suffer from neurological conditions, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease. It’s important to note that the type of music is crucial in this instance. Meditative music provides the best mood-improving benefits, whereas other types of music, such as heavy metal or techno, provided no benefit.
Music not only entertains us, but it can have a powerful impact on our well-being. Incorporating music into your life can help you feel happier, more relaxed, and more motivated.

Kansas City Music Rehearsal Space 

Soundstructure Studios has been around since 1993 at its Denver location. Our new Kansas City music rehearsal space is now open for musicians to practice their craft in our sound-isolation rooms. Find out more about the benefits of having your band rehearse in our studios. We welcome you to contact us today!
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Making the Most of Your Band’s Rehearsal Space


January 20, 2021

Practicing with your band is a crucial part of your band’s success—whether you are an up-and-coming artist or your band is already raking in the big bucks with high-paying gigs. It can be tempting to get right to the music without considering your band’s rehearsal space, but creating a pleasant, comfortable place to play can increase creativity.

Audio Quality

Before you bring even one piece of equipment into the rehearsal space, you need to figure out how to optimize the room for audio quality. Consider the size of the room as well as the materials the walls are made out of. If a speaker, drum, or combo amp is placed next to a brick wall, for instance, the direct and reflected sound coming from it might mean that another person will hear the sounds out of phase, causing cancellation or reinforcement. If the walls are all brick, the bass response will be far more powerful than a room with sheet-rocked walls. These factors need to be taken into account before you start setting up equipment.

Setting Up the Band

There are usually two different ways bands set themselves up in a rehearsal space: either facing each other (as in a circle) or facing out (as if the band is on stage). There are pros and cons to each setup.

Facing your bandmates can be helpful when you are new to practicing together. Not only can you hear each other better, but you can also detect visual cues. While there are advantages to jamming in a circle, there can also be drawbacks. If you become too accustomed to playing that way, suddenly playing for an audience from a stage where everyone is facing outward might throw you off. 

Most experts suggest combining the two setups, so you get a feel for both. Face each other when you first start playing together but set up as if you are on stage once you feel like your set is pretty well dialed-in.
When determining the position of each member of the band in the room, the goal is to maximize the natural ambiance of their instrument’s rig without overpowering the rest of the band.
  • Start with the drummer, who should be at the back and center of the room. This will keep some distance between the drums and the walls, helping to minimize reflections from surfaces. 
  • Guitars and bass amps should also be at the back of the room, so guitarists and bassists can put some space between them and the amps. Letting them be further away from their amps will actually help them hear the music better.
The Silent Rehearsal Space

If everyone in the band is wearing headphones, you can skip paying for loudspeakers. Check out this article to find out if personal monitoring solutions might be right for your band.

Taking the time to create a music rehearsal space that works for every member of your band will help keep everyone happy and minimize tension. If you’re looking for a great music rehearsal space, learn more at Soundstructure. We have two locations, for musicians in Kansas City and Denver.
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Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio Offers Advice on How to Start Your Own Band


January 6, 2021

Do you dream of starting your own band? Can you envision yourself and your bandmates playing in front of an adoring audience? These questions lead to the ultimate question in creating your own band: Where do you find like-minded people who are committed to music to join you? Your favorite Kansas City music rehearsal studio, Soundstructure, has tips for you when you are ready to start your own band.

Many people start a band organically; that is, they form a group with friends who have similar interests and tastes in music. Others have to search contributors—many of whom might be complete strangers. Searching for complete strangers who share your vision can be a bit tricky, but it is totally doable.

Ask Around

Talk to everyone you know and ask if they know any musicians who are looking for a band. Chances are, there are plenty of people in your social circles who know others who might be looking for other musicians with whom to collaborate. Ask “in real life” as well as hitting up your friends on social media.

Networking

Much like business owners go to business networking events, you can go to music shows as a way of connecting with potential bandmates. Venture out of your usual music genre; you never know where you could find a great musician. A guitarist in a country band might be dreaming of playing with a rock band, so you never know. Musicians tend to know other musicians, so just drumming up (no pun intended!) a conversation could lead to potential bandmates.

Online

In addition to reaching out to your connections on social media, as mentioned previously, you can also advertise on community bulletin board services such as Craigslist. Some sites are specifically designed for finding fellow musicians. Read more about it in this article: The Best Sites for Finding Musicians and Band Members.

There are also apps that enable you to create a profile that displays what you are looking for, who your influencers are, and more. This could lead to finding the right people to form your band.

Open Mics

The term “open mic” is taken from the expression “open microphone,” a live show at a coffeehouse, bar, or nightclub during which audience members have a chance to perform on stage. Often this is their first time performing. Open mics can provide a great opportunity to find musicians who are interested in being in a band but who may not have found a home yet. You’ll get a first-hand chance to find out who has talent and who might be a good fit for your band.

Contact Soundstructure When You’re Ready for a Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio

Once you’ve put together your band, don’t overlook the importance of finding a good space for your band to rehearse. Our Kansas City music rehearsal studio was custom-made with the needs of musicians in mind. We also have a location in Denver. Contact us today to find out more about our music rehearsal studio spaces.
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Having a Kansas City Music Rehearsal Studio Is Just the First Step


December 3, 2020

If you are serious about your music, you probably already have rented a Kansas City music rehearsal studio. There are many benefits for your band having a rehearsal space, but having a designated space to practice is just one part of the equation for your band’s success.

Your fans want to hear about up and coming artists—and that includes your band. So how do you reach them other than on stage? You might try writing about things your fans will love.

Why Blogging Should Be a Part of Every Up and Coming Artist’s Plan to Reach Fans

There are more than a few good reasons to blog:
  • It provides an easy way to keep in touch with your fan base. Every time you post a blog, you can link it to your social media accounts and bring fans and potential fans back to your website. This can improve your online relevance by improving search engine optimization. The more content on our site, the more apt search engines are to index your site.
  • You can connect with other artists through your blog. Shine a light on your fellow musical artists by featuring them in your articles—or even just mentioning a show you’ve been to. Your fellow musicians will appreciate the mention, and it’s a great way to create goodwill.
  • You can communicate with fans by encouraging them to comment on your blog posts.
What Kinds of Things Musicians Can Blog About

If you’re convinced about the benefits of posting a blog to your band’s website, you might be wondering what you can write about. Here are some ideas:
  • Preview an upcoming album, a new song, or a scheduled show. 
  • Take pictures or videos of rehearsals or shows to give fans a behind-the-scenes look.
  • Talk about your favorite musical gear and go into detail about why you like it.
  • There is no end to social issues today about which people—musicians included—can be passionate. Granted, you’ll have to be prepared for a bit of pushback if you write about topics that are controversial, so it’s up to you as to how bold you want to be. (And you’ll have to be realistic about the fact that you could lose fans. But you could also gain fans whose beliefs align with yours.)
  • Talk about music that inspires you, your bandmates, or other local musicians. You can stick to your local scene, or you can write about some of the bands and musicians who have inspired you throughout your life.
  • Go into detail about how your band comes up with ideas for songs or decides which songs to cover. Talk about the recording process and what that looks like for you.
  • Discuss your own experiences in the music industry, perhaps offering advice for fledgling bands that are just getting started. 
When you think about it, there is plenty of interesting content you could create to bring more fans to your website. 
For the best Kansas City music rehearsal studio, you need look no further than Soundstructure. We also have a Denver location. Give us a call today to find out more.
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