All of my community band gigs have gone away (mostly postponed) and rehearsals are on hold. We (more than half of the members) keep in touch via a FB page. Given that some, more fortunate members are now working from home, they may have some extra time which was spent commuting. Less fortunate members may have way too much time on their hands. Band members range from professionals, teachers to (very) occasional practicers.
I offered the following list of suggestions, promising to go a little more in depth on each one in future posts. My current project is # 2 on the list, trying to brush up both trombone skills and reading concert pitch bass clef parts, but am trying to keep on with most of the other suggestions.
- Play along with YouTube videos of other concert bands performing “our” charts.
- Brush up on your reading skills - maybe transposing or reading other (bass?) clef parts.
- Write some tunes/songs. Keep it short and sweet at first.
- Listen - really listen - to music. Listen to the back-catalogue of a fave artist, maybe delve into a new genre
- Improvise – if you haven’t tried any improv work, now could be the time.
- Do some home recording – I mean multi-track, sound on sound.
If you have addition time stuck at home, I hope you're able to make good use of it. Things will get worse before they get better.