getting the band to turn down

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  1. picnic

    picnic Supporting Member

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    any good tricks, ploys, threats? These guys are fun to play with, but I'm going deaf at practice. At a gig they turn down to a reasonable level. At practice it's loud.
     
  2. GCDEF

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    I've had that issue. I just keep stopping and telling them to until they turn down. After 3 or 4 stops at 3 or 4 rehearsals they figured it out.
     
  3. mannish

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    give 'em sheet music :)
     
  4. MONSTER ZERO

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    If you are the new guy then get some good ear plugs. When in Rome..
     
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    Might explain why your 20 watt amp is getting overpowered. High volume does not equal good music, per se.
     
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  6. ClassicLP

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    Ear plugs. A musician should protect his most vital asset.
     
  7. guitarjazz

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    For the win.
    (Wear plugs. Not just for your band.)
     
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    Couldn't agree more, whether they turn down or not.

    I've been pretty protective of my hearing the past couple of decades. Have too many buddies who have issues.
     
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    constant problem at gigs
     
  10. RLD

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    Practicing too loud in a small rehearsal space is really stupid.
    People that can't realize that are really stupid.
    See the pattern emerging?
     
  11. GCDEF

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    Different band, different rehearsal room, different amp
     
  12. picnic

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    I'm not the new guy. I've been away in Florida for the winter and the band play with down there knows how to handle the volume like pros. I forgot how much the NJ guys like the volume.
    It's a good size rehearsal hall, 24x50. Maybe that's part of the attraction to go loud. It's a much bigger area than your average 12x20 stage we gig on. I use plugs and try to stand out of the direct wash. I've aimed the mains at the walls to reflect, but somebody always says they can't hear the vocals. Duh.
    keys Roland KC 500
    guitar Marshall 800 50 watter
    me Fargen 30 watter
    drummer loud. he's getting a shield. Great guy, good drummer and singer, but he has one setting. All Out
    bass 4x10 350 watter. big thumper
    It's like they don't know the volume knobs goes down.
     
  13. BoneSaw

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    Turn down,for what?
     
  14. ctman64

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    Sounds oddly familiar... I have a friend who's a good drummer, but plays very loud. I can't play with him for more than a minute or so without some sort of hearing protection.

    I think the best solution is probably some good musician's earplugs.
     
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    Yes. I cannot remember the model I have (Etymonic?) but they knock down the decibels about 15db and that works pretty good for me. We do not play extremely loud to begin with though.
     
  16. stevel

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    Quit.

    There's absolutely no reason people have to play as loud as they *think* they do. It's basically immaturity and it's going to manifest itself in other ways too down the road, such as a lack of professionalism, etc.

    Your other option is good earplugs.

    But people don't change, and sometimes, they never grow up either.
     
  17. Average Joe

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    A band as a collective will either get the volume thing or they wont. You can drag the horse to water but sometimes the group dynamic will be its own thing even if each member get the message on the individual level.

    One of my bands is like that. Way too loud for our own good
     
  18. RCM78

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    One way we keep the volume down at rehearsal is our drummer doesn't use any cymbals.

    He does play a bit louder at rehearsal though and I'm usually the one to ask him to tone it down. Live he uses an in-ear monitor. He can hear everything so well in his ears that he plays softer live.
     
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    I play with a lot of different groups doing sub work and volume is all over the board. Some very good groups are a little too loud, and some medicare groups have good self-control. I have been asked ONE time in my musical career to turn up..playing at a tent for the Houston Rodeo. Guy comes up and starts the volume conversation like they always start.."You guys sound great, but..." I was shocked when I heard "turn up."
    At a club I try to gauge it by how much people have to lean each other to talk. If they are having to cup their hands and yell into each others ears it's too damn loud and the bar is having a hard time selling drinks at that point. At the same time, at a live music venue they should not be able to converse without leaning in a little bit ten feet in front of my amp!! I also find it best to start with a softer song to let their ears get used to music. A loud, hard hitting song can be a little shocking IMHO, but that same song, played at the same volume later in the set when their ears have acclimated will produce head bobbing and dancing. YMMV
     
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    I figure I got a few years left before I have to join a medicare group. lol
     

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