Hmmmmmm! Any ideas?
I’m currently trying to get together with a pianist/keyboardist and drummer who are looking for a bassist to complete their jazz trio. I can jam with a keyboard player in a living room but having a drum kit usually necessitates a rehearsal space outside a private house …although I wonder if actually that would be possible if he played at super-quiet volumes at a time agreed with neighbours. Obviously this is more difficult in densely populated London than in a sparser populated place.
The problem is the rehearsal studios cost too much. It’s OK if you can factor the rehearsal room hire in to a well paying gig but how often does that happen? It’s amazing to me that London rehearsal studios are often fully booked at the prices they charge given how little money most bands are making on gigs.
Solutions? In the past I have tried:
- forming drummerless groups which then also favours the burgeoning house concert scene
- rehearsing in colleges or universities – when a member of a band attended or worked at an institution
- rehearsing at a venue in the early evening before their peak hours (very kind of them)
- unusual spaces such as community halls etc
- not rehearsing at all (this has been the most favoured option – either that or really minimising rehearsal) – we learned tunes individually and then played them on the stand and communicated a lot via the web and shared audio files
OK, over to you guys, any ideas on this? Comments please!