Things that drive you mad at rehearsal!

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by CLAIRE SPONG, Jul 8, 2005.



    Got this idea from a work discussion site, so I apologize if it has been done before but....

    What drives you really mad at band rehearsals?

    I'll start with two:

    1. People who snigger at the youngsters in a band when they play something wrong. They try really hard and have lots less experience and people sniggering at them really damages their self-confidence.

    2. People who think they are too superior to put up stands for other people, they get themselves ready to play then just sit there looking vacant and those that appear late because they have been working or something have to spend further time while the rest are playing, getting stands and seats out that could have been left ready for them to just sit down and play.

    Any other moans out there?
  2. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Is that the sound of a can of worms being opened?
  3. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    In my band, my moan is the 10 minute discussions that take place on tempos etc in nearly every piece of music!! Just follow the Conductor and let him decide! Drives me MAD.
  4. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    We've all moaned at aspects of banding as well as being moaned at for things WEVE either done or not done.


  5. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    no, we're all too scared of our conductors :wink:

    (sorry i meant we respect them too much :tongue: )
  6. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    1.) People failing to play a piece the same twice, especially say Thurs after Tues.
    2.) Tea parties in between pieces.
    3.) People treating rehearsals any different to a contest performance.
  7. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    1. People unable to find their music
    2. Private conversations, so that people don't hear where we're starting from
    3. General lack of concentration
    4. People who are there early, but are still not ready to start on time
  8. Di

    Di Active Member

    People who know they are unable to attend a certain rehearsal, but take their music home with them.
  9. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    people trying to telly the MD he is wrong! what he says it what goes!
  10. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Hmmmm... I think that me and you will fall out over that Fi x
  11. sevenhelz

    sevenhelz Active Member

    oooh yes! and they're always the ones who you know don't practice anyway!!
  12. BbBill

    BbBill Supporting Member

    Not in any order:

    1. Folk talking or even texting on the phones while the conductor is speaking.
    2. Losing music or even folders.
    3. Silly mistakes cos people are not concentrating properly.(ie on a school dance nite or a Fri nite)
    4. Having to set up percussion properly and put it away cos the percussion players cant be bothered getting everything out thats needed for practice and then b**ger off at end.
    5. Not following proper dynamics, (when it says p play it p, not mf !)
    6. Folk missing practices and not even saying theyre not going to make it.
    7. Parents thinking they know how to run the band and know whats best for it, even tho all they do is just pick up their kids from practice....

    Better stop now....! :rolleyes:
  13. drummerboy

    drummerboy Member

    Besides what's already been mentioned I'll add my thoughts...

    Conductors ignoring what needs to be done in the percussion. So we end up getting lots of things out for no reason. Annoying when it's things like tubular bells!

    Doing the same 4 bars for 2 hours (yes it has happened to me!)
  14. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    During a practice, I agree.

    However, on occasion, it is entirely appropriate to mention things on a one to one basis. Ultimately, the conductor/MD will have sanction, but if you offer them advice, if they are worth their salt, they will at least consider it.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2005
  15. lottie4744

    lottie4744 Member

    1) people making a fuss over nothing.
    2) people who think they're superior to others because of where they're sat.
    3) People who disregard what the "younger" members of the band say because we're "children" who are apparently inexperienced.
  16. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    My biggest gripe is going over and over the same few bars at each rehearsal, after the conductor has said for the previous 3 weeks to take the part home and practice said few bars!!! Oh, and solo cornets that are out of tune with the soprano! ;-)
  17. People who won't turn up early for anything ie. to help move chairs, percussion, stands etc.. and those who let the same few people do everything and just literally turn up, play and go home! No teamwork!
  18. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    I just thought of summat else, being given the wrong music! how many times do i have to say i'm 2nd cornet? I've been 2nd Cornet for about 6 months now :tongue: surely they must be able to remember by now!!
    Ooooh and when pegs are required and everyone forgets theres and nicks mine and leave me with two or three and flappy music!!
  19. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Hmmm, Where do I start:

    1. Band members arguing with the conductor
    2. People who don't practice
    3. Talking during practice
    4. Walking about during a rehearsal
    5. Lateness
    6. Unexplained Absence
    7. Experienced players laughing at inexperienced players
    8. Not having your music prepared
    9. Mobile phones ringing/people texting
    10. People who don't concentrte/pay attention during rehearsal
    11. People who argue about the msic that is to be rehearsed
    12. Having a break mid-rehearsal
    13. People who do not treat a run through as a concert/contest performance

    I'm going to stop there, I can think of a few more but I assure everyone that I'm not Victor Meldrew!
  20. Andy Moore

    Andy Moore Member

    Are you sure banding is for you? ;)

    I hate people moaning ;)

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