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Old 11-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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1. Find a good singer(s) To me this where it starts. Vocals rule!
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1. Find a good singer(s) To me this where it starts. Vocals rule!
2. Find a good drummer. A band is only as good as its drummer. It doesn't have to be a drummer with monster chops like Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, or Neil Peart (although that doesn't hurt). I'm talking good like Charlie Watts, Richie Hayward, Matt Abts, Bernard Purdie - guys who have a solid bacbeat, a sense of groove and nuance (where to leave space and imply a rhythm), and are always aware of where "the 1" is. While it's not the drummer's job to keep time, he/she does lay the foundation of the rhythm, and it doesn't matter how good the rest of the band is if there is no rhythm.
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Good point. If your drummer is really wobbly, I would also suggest maybe some time on the click would help. I have seen this done with good results. The drummer in the band I was in for many years had a great drummer, and he was on click.
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3. If your going for Taverns, pick out songs that work, not just what you like. This is critical
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4. Regardless of where you play, be professional - that means:

- Be on time for not just the first set, but every set. If your set breaks are 10 minutes, make your way back to the stage so you are ready to go when those 10 minutes are up.
- Don't noodle incessantly between songs. Nothing screams "amateur douche" like noodling between songs. That's what soundchecks and silent tuners are for. If you didn't get a soundcheck, you'll have to adjust on the fly. Learn how to do that because it's inevitable.
- Once you start, don't stop. The show must go on no matter what.
- Stay sober. That doesn't mean "don"t drink." It means don't drink your profit, and make sure you don't drink so much that you can't play. Same goes for smoking too much weed, snorting coke off the hot groupie's breast backstage, and all other recreational substances and activities.
- Dress appropriately. Know your audience and the venue. Baghies, floral print shirts, and flip-flops might be OK for a cabana gig at a beach pub, but might not go over well at a wedding (unless maybe it's a wedding at a cabana at a beach pub).
- Contracts. Get it in writing. Everything - terms of payment, start and stop times, set breaks, bar tabs, what the club and the band are responsible for gearwise, etc.
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I don't think there is a magic way to put a band together. Just experiment, try this and that and go out and perform.
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Look for an extremely hot girl who is single, has a talent on drums, owns her own van and deals drugs on the weekend. Sorted.
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Even though I have no band experience this rings true to me. As much as you may hate Sweet Home Alabama you may have to play it.
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2. Decide what songs you are going to play. Create a play list and set up a rehearsal studio and a regular once a week practice.
3. Get a Bass player and then a Drummer
4. Add more instruments/musicians if needed.
5. Practice
6. repeat 5
7. Look for gigs
8. go back to 5
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Even though I have no band experience this rings true to me. As much as you may hate Sweet Home Alabama you may have to play it.
Yeah, this is important. It is sad to see a band craft an entire night of tunes to discover they don't go over. A band is a business if one intends to play out, so in order to be successful, the first thing required is to give the customers what they want.
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