I recently found an interesting article on organizing a band and dealing with the changes that come along in this business of music. The excerpts below touch on a few of the topics covered and how to deal with them.
Music is a business. You have to decide how seriously you want to pursue your personal enjoyment versus making money. This is not to say that you can’t have both and sometimes if you plan carefully you can have a rewarding experience in every way.
Music is all about entertainment. I am not suggesting you get a monkey and organ grinder. Act like you have an interest in what’s going on. Have confidence. You’re probably much better than you think.
Don’t get locked into the same old music. Some songs are treasures and you will want to play them forever. Put some new stuff in there every once in a while to challenge yourself and keep things fresh. There is nothing more frustrating to hear a good band, and years later they are doing 80% of the same old stuff.
In the ideal case, band members would all have the same dreams, goals, commitment and mutual respect. In reality, this is seldom the case.
When bands are first starting out, band members are usually enthused about creating music together. Once the initial efforts start to gel, however, there are many areas where different approaches and different assumptions about the band can lead to conflicts, major and minor.
The best way is to spell out the questions and answers to potential problems before they happen. That’s where a band agreement come in.Continue reading Do You Need A Band Agreement?
by Andrew M. Lee
If you learn to play guitar, drums or bass for example the next step that many of you will want to take is to start your own band. This has been the dream of teenagers for years but just how do you go about undertaking this? Well there are a number of avenues that you can explore; you could advertise for other members or you may know people who have friends or family who are also interested in starting up a band.
In my experience however one of the main ways that bands come together is friends. If you are learning guitar and your best friends are learning bass and drums it comes pretty naturally that you will form a band together but deciding to be in a band is one thing, making it work is another…Continue reading Starting your Own Band
by Kathy Unruh
Every once in awhile a guitar student will express a desire to be in a band someday. If this is your ambition too, then read on. Whether you’re a guitar player or not doesn’t really matter.
If you are a talented singer or musician then the question is, do YOU want to be in a band? In this article you will find some helpful ideas on how to get started in that direction.
One of the first things you will need to do is gain exposure for yourself. This can be as easy as following three simple steps:Continue reading How To Start Your Own Band