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So You Wanna Start a Band? Part 6

John Welch
Sep 27, 2018


An important facet of both performance and practice is sound volume:  an unbalanced or overbearing sound will distract from the quality of any performance. This applies to both personal and group sound. Ask yourself: How many times have events been ruined by poor sound quality? The answer is that this happens all of the time. If you wish to have a successful band, control the volume.

Volume at practice should reflect respect for the others in the band and respect for the environment around the practice space.  There is no quicker way to lose a rehearsal area than huge walls of needless sound. At practice, the members of the band only need to make enough sound for the others to be aware of what is played. Playing loud to “get my tone” or to out-volume another member is counter-productive. No one should have to yell to get a point across at rehearsal. These days, there are great alternatives (digital modelers, Jamhubs, etc.) that can make rehearsal volume not much louder than conversational noise.

Similarly, volume at performances should reflect respect for the audience and the venue. If a place serves food, should a band be so loud that people cannot hear each other speak? I have been driven to the opposite end of an establishment because of a guitarist’s overly loud tone-quest. Respect for patrons and staff at venues will foster additional dates.

Always remember that part of being professional is controlling the impact of volume.