Open Rehearsal / Guest Performer Guidelines:
The following guidelines are for
Guest Performers singing/playing with the Deaf Bunnys Band DURING OUR SETS.
** Set-Break Acts have MUCH more latitude in equipment, material, etc. Call to discuss. **
Before deciding to take advantage of an Open Rehearsal please be sure to review the following:
(We're going to be spending hours on you, give us 5 minutes to read-you-in.)
1) Are you willing to learn?
The learning curve is steep but not difficult. We guarantee you'll learn a ton!
2) Are you on-board with the concept of "rewarding" versus "fun?"
A water slide is fun, climbing a mountain is rewarding. BIG difference.
3) Are you willing to take the stage at the next Deaf Bunnys show?
That's what this is all about!
4) Do you have at least one cool black-on-black outfit?
If not, you should probably stick to karaoke...
* Lastly: Support the band that's going to support you! *
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Root for the team you're on!
Comment, Like, etc.: You can't give back too much, we're going to have literally hours invested in you!
Equipment you won't need.
Treat rehearsal like it's the show
and don't bother bringing it if you're not going to use it.
1) Amps, pedals, keys, any durm equipment, etc.
The Deaf Bunnys run emulation and you should too:
Without controlling ALL sound through the desk/mixer you're leaving tone and mix on the table!
(IOHO where most bands can get the biggest bang for their buck without sacrificing their "art.")
You'll be plug-and-play on show-day so practice that in rehearsal.
3) Your mic, mic stand, and mic clips....
We've got Sennheiser e835's that will make you sound amazing!
Great feedback rejection, tight low mids, great proximity-effect capabilities.
4) We've got music stands, tablet holders, cup holders, pick holders, stools...
We're musicians too, we know what you need.
(Spoiler: And what you don't!)
We've always got loads of bottled water for you. BYOB see below.
5) NO TAMBOURINES or other acoustic rhythm devices:
You probably don't know how to actually play it anyway.
(No really, bet-cha a round you don't.)
** Durmmers only need bring themselves as a rule. **
1) We've got a couple of sizes of nice smooth sticks:
So don't bother bringing your gnarly eaten-up ones, they damage the electronic kit.
2) We've got three styles of metronomes you'll be using to keep in time.
If you haven't used one before download a free one for your phone and get familiar before the rehearsal.
Equipment you WILL need.
1) Maybe your ax, but you don't have to:
We've got Yamaha thinbody guitars and a Squier J-bass that play great and sound awesome!
*** NOTE: Bring your instrument to a gig at your own risk. ***
*** The Deaf Bunnys Band will in no way watch, protect, etc. your instrument at a gig. ***
2) Your tablet with the charts we sent you.
Yes Virginia, you will be using charts.
3) Your significant other.
It's always nice to have support and an audience doesn't hurt.
4) Special Drink:
Look for our formula posted on our website, here.
If you want a beer or two bring your own: Hands off our snooty beer!
And just a couple though, alcohol dries you out:
Particularly bad for singers throats but dehydration also affects concentration...
Before contacting for booking an open rehearsal:
1) Have your numbers picked out:
* Don't forget which version (IE: original artist or cover),
* Key if you know it but you don't have to,
* Tempo compared to the version you're trying to cover.
Hint: Most songs under 135-bpm sound best pushed 5-bpm.
2) Figure out how you're going to deliver the song:
Rehearsal is about getting tight with other musicians.
Learning the music, delivery, structure... is called practice and that's done on your own.
3) Shoot some video (just from your phone will do) of your ideas, tone, etc.
Send it to us so we can see how to fit what you're already doing into the Deaf Bunnys mojo.
Singers: We want to see you singing. Others: Do you look cool?
See examples here.
*) Work-ups take time!
The sooner you get your prep to us the better we can support you and the better YOU will be!
Every Open Rehearsal should be approached the same way:
1) BE ON TIME! Which is to say early! It takes time for you to unpack, setup, tune...
Rehearsal starts at the BOOKED TIME:
Respect everyone else's time and any bandmate will love you!
** VOCALISTS: Do a quick warm-up upstairs when you arrive! **
2) Respect the equipment!
None of this schtuff is cheap, ya break it ya bought it.
3) SHARE YOUR VIEWPOINT!
Give and take criticism: Don't assume anybody in the room has all the answers, they don't.
4) Listen and learn from the other musicians,
especially the Deaf Bunnys when it comes to tone and mojo/performance.
We've been using this rig and and supporting other musicians for a long time!
We know how to make you sound (and look) Great! (Not good: GREAT!)
4) Have some electronic, shareable method of note-taking!
It'll come at you fast and furious so be prepared to review and share the changes later under less pressure.
1) Choose upbeat, fun songs! No art, no jazz, no blues!
135bpm is the sweet-spot!
If you can't CRUSH a ballad stick to the fun schtuff!
2) Focus on material not on the DBB playlists but seems like a fit:
Your numbers should be all about you!
Not some re-hash of something we're already doing. (You'll suffer in the comparison.) (Usually.)
3) Lots of material is special to the Deaf Bunnys...
For example: We do Brown Eyed Girl cause Sheri has brown eyes. We change "stadium" to "velodrome"...
Likewise, Pretty Woman has a guitar/bass call-and-response that is cool to us.
~ BUT ~
4) But lots of material isn't: Like Mustang Sally and a ton of other classics.
There's lots of purple Guest numbers you'll see on our tablets for you to pick from.
5) Figure about 15 minutes per song:
That's 3 takes with a bit of time for discussion, tweaking, etc.
So pick three or four numbers to work on.
Figure on being the focus of attention for about an hour.
*** AND DON'T FORGET TO FOCUS ON A CURRENTLY RUNNING SHOW THEME!!! ***
There's no point in nailing Titanium when we're running a Blues show: You won't get off the bench.
See calendars below.
There are acoustic gigs sprinkled throughout the year on a catch-as-catch-can basis:
Most (most) pop & rock material can be adapted pretty easily,
so don't limit yourself if you're focusing on acoustic shows.
PS: Acoustic shows are usually (usually) not themed.
This isn't really a problem for the Deaf Bunnys: it's a home-game for us!
These Open Rehearsals give you a chance to practice the art of supporting the other players.
Pete and Sheri (together and separately) have been asked to join too many groups to mention for two reasons:
1) We ALWAYS focus on making the mix sound great!
2) And doing our best to make the OTHER musicians sound great!
Most folks have no idea why the cuts sound better with us playing:
We hear a lot of comments like "it's undefinable."
It isn't: Play/Sing in-the-pocket out of everyone else's way note- and frequency-wise.
There! You're a better musician already!
FOCUS ON THE VOCALS!
A live audience will ONLY identify with the vocalist!
(Except for few bass-nerds and "between-girlfriends" guitar-players...)
When it comes to the limelight, the rest of us catch as catch can.
Don't like it? Sing the lead! It's probably not as hard you think it is!
(If you need help picking a song that suits ask us for help!)
Enjoy the process!
Getting a super tight mix is one of the most rewarding experiences of your musical life!
There is NOTHING like being in the zone!
That's a lot of info, isn't it!?!
The Deaf Bunnys try to cut through the "noise" (literally AND metaphorically) and get to a great mix.
So, still in?
Call or email! We'd LOVE-LOVE-LOVE to share your talent with our fans!
Open Rehearsal Calendar
If it's not booked, email and it's yours! Calendar updated in real-time.
Winter 2020: Oldies Rock! w- a Sixties closer-set.
Spring 2020: Classic Rock! focusing on Bowie, Petty, & Springsteen.
Summer 2020: Eighties Rock! most likely with a simultaneous acoustic show.
Fall 2020: Classic-v-Modern Rock! the same-yet-different rock of the ages.