Running a productive and effective rehearsal doesn’t have to be overwhelming – just take some time beforehand to plan and prepare, and you’ll be ready to go! Here are 6 tips for leading a successful rehearsal:
1. Make Time a Priority: Set a start and end time, and stick to it. This sets the tone for everyone else – if you want your team to be on time, lead by example!
2. Check In with Your Team: Take 5-10 minutes at the beginning of rehearsal to talk with your team, see how they’re doing, and pray together.
3. Sound Check: Make sure your sound is good before you start playing – vocals should be heard above all else. This should only take 3 minutes or so.
4. Run Through Songs: Play through each song as you would in the service. Make sure you’ve given your team the music beforehand so they can prepare – your rehearsals will be spent gelling as a team, not figuring out the music as they see it for the first time.
5. Musical Focus: After rehearsing each song, ask yourself these questions – were the tempo & rhythm right? Were dynamics used correctly (loud/soft)? Was everyone in tune? Was everyone playing appropriately and not overplaying?
6. Work on Transitions: Once you’ve played through each song individually, work on transitions between songs like strumming a chord or holding out a chord on keyboard, reading scripture, or praying.
Taking the time to plan and prepare beforehand will save you time in the long run and help ensure your team is ready for Sunday’s service. Remember that your team is counting on you to lead them, so make sure you’re setting an example of punctuality, attentiveness, and professionalism. Your rehearsals should be productive as well as encouraging, all while fostering a sense of unity and growth.