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Old 11-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #11
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Six...after who knows how many years (playing not of age ) you have to go and ask this question ?
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:46 PM   #13
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:00 AM   #14
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Starting a band from new? Solid Bassist, solid drummer without egos/'tude. Bass and drums are the foundation.

If you have the 2 of them gelling well with each other as well as you playing guitar, it's a beautiful thing.
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Starting a band from new? Solid Bassist, solid drummer without egos/'tude. Bass and drums are the foundation.

If you have the 2 of them gelling well with each other as well as you playing guitar, it's a beautiful thing.
When I was living in San Diego, I was playing bass with a drummer and we decided to add a couple of guitar players. put a ad in the local "want ad" paper and our phones rang off the hook for about a week. We had about 60 guitar players call, it was nuts.

Moral of the story is: finding a good drummer and bass player is tough so it should be your primary focus. a person with solid vocals is a rare bird also.
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Starting a whole new band... quite honestly, I've never seen it done; every band I know of was formed of parts of other pre-existing bands. I don't know of a single case where each member met the others for the first time and ended up forming a brand new band.

Not saying it's impossible; just never seen a pure case of it actually happening.
Yup. Someone always knows someone else prior to the band starting.

The singer and opposite guitarist were in a brand prior to mine now, the bassist is my uncle, and my dad and my uncle have known the drummer for quite some time.
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Starting a whole new band... quite honestly, I've never seen it done; every band I know of was formed of parts of other pre-existing bands. I don't know of a single case where each member met the others for the first time and ended up forming a brand new band.
So what if different band members came from other bands? If they're all together for the first time in a different band...it's a new band.

Besides, the thread topic was "forming a *gigging* band" not "forming a *new* band."
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I'll chime in here...
Yes, a good drummer is crucial. A good bass player is also very very important. And a good vocalist - whether it's a 'front man/woman' or one of the players - is also important. If a front-person, good charisma is important.
But I'll put forth that for a band to be a functional unit, practice and play together well, get gigs, and carry on as a going concern...perhaps the most critical element is to have "good" people. By that I mean that - beyond their musical abilities - you need a group of mature, reasonable, cooperative people that get along, are on the same page, and work together for a common vision.
Otherwise, you're just in for another helping of the bleary nightmare that all of us have been through - the band that doesn't work.
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I'll chime in here...
Yes, a good drummer is crucial. A good bass player is also very very important. And a good vocalist - whether it's a 'front man/woman' or one of the players - is also important. If a front-person, good charisma is important.
But I'll put forth that for a band to be a functional unit, practice and play together well, get gigs, and carry on as a going concern...perhaps the most critical element is to have "good" people. By that I mean that - beyond their musical abilities - you need a group of mature, reasonable, cooperative people that get along, are on the same page, and work together for a common vision.
Otherwise, you're just in for another helping of the bleary nightmare that all of us have been through - the band that doesn't work.
^^^^ YES!!

A band is like a team...well it IS a team. It may sound cliché, but it is true...it is much more than the sum of its parts. When I play with my band, I play better...that's no lie. Week after week at rehearsal, my playing and my improvised solos ALWAYS sound better than when I play them at home over a backing track. It's not pressure...I don't know what it is, and frankly I don't care .

We've had a situation also where another guitar player was just in it for himself and his ego. He crashed and burned...and his playing suffered. He's no longer with the band.

Musicianship is important but will only carry you so far...be a mature individual and be a team player...and get a few like minded people together, and amazing things will happen!!

It's my wish that everybody with and interest in making music and some kernel of musical capability gets to experience what this is like at least ONCE in their lifetime.
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Old 11-23-2014, 03:09 AM   #20
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^^^^ YES!!

A band is like a team...well it IS a team. It may sound cliché, but it is true...it is much more than the sum of its parts. When I play with my band, I play better...that's no lie. Week after week at rehearsal, my playing and my improvised solos ALWAYS sound better than when I play them at home over a backing track. It's not pressure...I don't know what it is, and frankly I don't care .

We've had a situation also where another guitar player was just in it for himself and his ego. He crashed and burned...and his playing suffered. He's no longer with the band.

Musicianship is important but will only carry you so far...be a mature individual and be a team player...and get a few like minded people together, and amazing things will happen!!

It's my wish that everybody with and interest in making music and some kernel of musical capability gets to experience what this is like at least ONCE in their lifetime.
You will always get more dynamics in the band than with backing tracks. I think a good band player is also a good listener. For example as you do your solo the over all volume or intensity may go up our down with your solo with the rest of the band listening to what your playing and adjusting what there doing slightly to compliment your playing.a bt can't do that.
To add to what has been said don't forget a good pa if you are a great band with just a shitty pa the comments from the crowd are not going to concentrate on hey great drummer it will be ` they vocals are hurting my ears`
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