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Old 07-05-2009, 07:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i was in a band once

Play in the band everyday helps

Everyone shold be commited meaning not missing band meetings

doing drugs and drinking usually does not help the meetings IMO

if yall dont know what yall are doing jamming can help get ideas out but songwriting and playing parts peice by peice and putting things together deff helps u in the Song writing devlopment

has most kids i was in a band in highschool but like most of them Drugs and girls and other intrest broke us apart FAST
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:14 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Play in the band everyday helps

Everyone shold be commited meaning not missing band meetings

doing drugs and drinking usually does not help the meetings IMO
this sounds more like a support group agenda.

the biggest issue i've noticed with bands is a lack of ability to be honest about what 'being in a band' means with each other. everyone has their own view on what 'good' music is, everyone has a different definition of 'success', and everyone has their own way of expressing a commitment.

you need to be able to be honest with yourself about why you want to be in a band AND be capable of expressing those views to your bandmates regardless of their expected reactions. if you can't do that much then you're simply delaying the eventual (and inevitable) dramatic breakup.

one last thing, if YOU want to be in charge of the band be clear about it from the get go. don't pretend to be 'just another member' while biting your tongue or lying to your members.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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you have to start playing by your heart, if you make something that sounds nice to you, try to memorize it and write you know? i'm beggining a band and it's a damn crazy experience. go easy, dont try to be too much advanced, first, all of you have to be in sintony and then , play some covers. then, if you guys are good with your instruments, make some jamms and something will come out, trust me !
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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the truth is to play music, you don't need to be able to read music, you don't need to know what the chords are called all you need to know is the music.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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You don't need to be able to read music. I technically don't know anything about music at all, apart from what's euphonic, and I get a long alright. For songwriting, I just play something simple, like 5-7-8 on the A string, at a certain tempo. Then, I add some open E string chugs in the gaps, and then I tweak the original melody and tempo until it's sufficiently complex.

These tips are going to sound kind of stupid, since I don't know anything about scales or harmonies at all, but I've found that sets of two notes on frets that are adjacent sound pretty sinister, if you just stick them in places. Same deal with frets that span two other frets (e.g. 5 and 8 or 7 and 9) and going diagonally across strings (e.g. 5 on the E string and 6 on the A string.)

Also, record your practices, just in case you come up with something cool and want to save it. Do the same thing when dabbling at home.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:10 AM   #16 (permalink)
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It's good playing covers, it helps you develop new skills and also aids you in playing with your band mates.

Try not to get stuck in covers though if you're hoping to write your own stuff, jam and stuff like that it's the easiest way to write new stuff.

Always try to make sure your'e in time with everyone, when you're starting out it's easy to go out of time and not realise, watch your mates hands and try to listen to what's being played.

Another absolutely key thing is to make sure you get on with the people in your band. It sounds silly, but I have friends that i'd rather not be in bands with because i'd know there'd be so much of a difference in opinion that nothing would get done.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:43 PM   #17 (permalink)
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