Originally Posted by BrandonXD
I go by the lyrical cues to know when the song progresses.
The problem with that approach is the old joke "How do you know there is a singer at your door? They don't know when to come in..."
In my old band, we often ran the set without the vocals in rehearsal just to focus on our timing and playing, while giving the singers vocal chords a break. I simply had to know the counts.