Re: TRYING TO START, NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 17, 2000 at 01:38:45:

In Reply to: TRYING TO START, NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by The Brewmeister on November 16, 2000 at 20:45:36:

: Hey guys, I have a hard question hear. ok, here go's. Do any of you have some advice for starting a real band. not just a high school one or a garage band, but a real one? i realy want to play funk and jazz but i have no idea what to look for in other players or how to start looking. how do you tell them that you wont get money right away but convice them to stay? i would like players my age(16) too. I allways ge flack about being a leader and a bass player becuase i cant sing and play at the same time or because i blay bass, but i want to go for it any way. so please help. Thanx

You've asked one of The Eternal Questions that any musician asks. ;-)

For starters, why do you think that a high school/garage band *isn't* real? The fact is, with very few exceptions, *all* of us players got started in a garage band; it's nothing to be looked down on, or ashamed of.

When you're talking about playing funk or jazz, you're really talking about something that requires a good deal of commitment already having been made to learning the instrument by all concerned. At 16, it's a bit difficult to find musicians who are that committed, but by no means impossible. I'd say the first place to look is at your school; students who are in band or orchestra might be interested, for example.

If I may ask, what level of playing experience/skill are you at now? This is important, because you want to get other musicians who are at roughly the same level that you are. For your purposes, players that aren't up to your level might wind up being unable to play the stuff you want to play, and players at a higher level might wind up getting frustrated for the same reasons; nothing personal, just reality.

One of the best ways to find other musicians is to just jam with as many people as you can, any time you can. You get a good feel for other players, and it's a *very* good way to improve your musicianship in a relatively short period of time. Jamming is my preferred method, mainly because it requires you to use all your musical ability when you're confronted with something that's not all that familiar (I'm legendary in my town for "knowing every song that's ever been written"; I don't really, but I've got the best "play-by-ear" ears in town).

Hope this helps!


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