First meeting of my new band. HELP!

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  1. runningman

    runningman Member

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    Start with Stars and Stripes Forever. Maybe a foray into Louie Louie. Hail to the Chief is always a crowd favorite. And some other chestnuts from Sousa, et al.

    Wait, we are talking about a marching band, right?
     
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  2. rxguitars

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    Make sure you like them as people. I’ve been in a many bands and some with amazing musicians that sucked as communicators or had sever personality disorders. Doing what you love with people you love is what makes it really fun for me
     
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  3. Silent Sound

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    It's best to have your face paint on when you meet them. This lets them know you're serious, and it reserves the paint scheme you want, in case anyone else thought they could handle the power of Starman (which they can't, because there can be only one, and that's you).

    Also, have some butcher's glue out for huffing and windshield washing fluid in case anyone wants a drink. It's important to come off as not only a trustworthy person, but a good host. Lastly, don't forget to hide the cat litter box and put the dogs out back. You need to at least appear like you have your life in order.
     
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  4. sonofspy

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    Two guitarists and a slide player. Problem imaginary.
     
  5. 2HBStrat

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    Two things...(1) it will be a rare group of three guitar players who can play together and come up with complementary parts, not overplay, not get into volume wars, and jell, and (2) one guitar player playing slide all the time will, in my opinion, get old really fast unless he's exceptional.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd made it work with three guitar players because they worked up PARTS...they didn't just jam. Foo Fighters do, too...so, good luck!

    In my opinion in most cases TWO guitar players are too many...
     
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  6. sonofspy

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    I think I can be a fair leader. I'm a licensed nurse so somewhat used
    to 4-6 CNAs working under me. I have no intention of compromising
    but will give the right of veto.

    Than you so much for your take on this.
     
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  7. sonofspy

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    My last three bands were a 3 guitar rock band, a 3 guitar Country band, and rhythm/ lead in a Reggae Afro-Pop band <I> will be the one laying back. Watching always watching...
     
  8. sonofspy

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    It's Tonight. I'm recording it. I will update everyone.
     
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  9. FokenBusker

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    Kudos, and best of luck, OP!
     
  10. VaughnC

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    My last band lasted 16 years with the same 3 core players of guitar, keys, & drums. We weren't great musicians but we had a "professional" show and got to the point where we were turning away $1500 gigs due to being booked up 2 years in advance. So, it's not all about musicianship to the guy on the street. We listened and watched, and tried to give "them" what they wanted...and acted like adults. A band is like a can of worms though and it's best to have some guidelines right up front in attempt to minimize getting someone new every few months. I used to have a list of "red flag" issues I covered when I went for an audition or auditioned someone for our band and it did clear the air for those who were on a total different page. But people will show their true colors eventually and its better addressed early on than after 12 months of work is put into it. Good luck!
     
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    Hmmm....:confused...let us know how that works out...:aok
     
  12. BlueRiff

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    You've got this!!!!
     
  13. Barquentine

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    Nothing to add but - best of luck.
     
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    Sounds like the shooting script to a Viagra commercial.
     
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    I don't even know you, but want to be in your band....
     
  16. StompBoxBlues

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    That can be tricky. I put together the band I’m in, and since nobody is getting paid regularly, the “leader” has to be pretty democratic. Even down to accepting differing views on what is right. I used to be a perfectionist, and over arrange some parts, over time learned that much more important is light steering and a band gels over time. Have also had to drop some absolute favorite songs, and add some I wasn’t thrilled with. To be honest a few songs I wasn’t thrilled over turned out to be some of my favorites in the band.
     
  17. Steve Hotra

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    Have fun and give us an update.
    Following this thread, as I have been approached to start a band.
     
  18. ProfRhino

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    have fun !
    for the first meeting, anything goes except veggie (unless you're planning to do a John Denver Tribute Act (cue Bob Seger !)). :omg

    the next step will get interesting.
    schedule a first real rehearsal about one week later.
    mail everybody 3 cool songs (not too hard or long though) they are guaranteed not to know and where they won't find any YT painting-by-numbers cheats.
    original arrangement and key (has to suit your lineup and singer ! )
    those who won't show up or who will offer excuses instead of coming prepared will be out, no mercy - they would only waste your time. :rolleyes:
    rinse and repeat, until you have found a bunch of guys you really can rely on.
    trust me, that's the single biggest problem for new bands - trying to pull morons through who are looking for a free ride.
    everybody has to invest a little bit of their spare time outside of the rehearsals, and in a team you want to have fun with, you can't afford a worm in the apple that will inevitable piss off other band members soon enough.
    goes without saying, you should present a good example yourself, and you should know those three test songs well enough, so you can offer some friendly hints in case somebody gets stuck.
    Can't expect perfection so early in the game, but you absolutely can expect some preparation and dedication to that new project.
    a good team can work and have a great time ...

    my 2ct, ymmv,
    Rhino
     
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    at your young age you've learned a few life lesson's along the way. Just tap into you emotional intelligence, and try not to over intellectualize the process, focus on creativity, inspiration, and constructive interactions, the rest will work out, unless the drummer sucks, then all goes out the window, and then it's appropriate to get hostile.
     
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    How'd it go? Please tell us.
     

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