One of the most important exercises is deciding the key of the song. For the guitar, you can determine the key by counting. If you can’t count, do a quick “key test”: hold one of your hands with fingers touching each of the other fingers for sixteenth notes. Then, add all the notes to your “key” and then count to the nearest twelve. Now, when you play your guitar, add twelve more notes, so you’re back up to sixteen, even when you play a minor key.
If you’re not going to be practicing for six months or year, then you might as well make certain that you do one or two songs in each key. That way, you’ll know which of your songs have the most impact in that key and which don’t.
Another exercise is to have one of the guitar players practice songs that are a little challenging. Once he/she is comfortable playing his/her chords, then repeat the process with each member of the band. For example, if a guitarist is playing in F, then the bassist might be in G, and the drummer in Bb. In this case, the drummer would do E7, or C7 in the case of Bb.
As long as the band has a basic sense of progression and can play well together, every one of your bandmates can bring a few songs up and down key.
5. What instrument did you learn most in your high school?
Another important exercise I do is to ask the band one of the questions that I like the answers to most. When is the new song the “best” song? Will it be played on some festivals and in other venues? Will it be a hit with fans at the time that you wrote it? The more general question is to help you to find out. Is there one song in particular (e.g., “Possum,” “Possum,” “Tales,” etc.) that resonates in a certain way with fans and critics?
For example, when doing the “best” song exercise, the band would play “Hallelujah,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Cedar Creek,” “In the Garden,” “Don’t Stop Believing” on national TV; and they would play it live at your wedding.
Some bands will also practice songs that are played at festivals, such as “Jungleland.”
Some players find that a few songs in a key