Your Band Needs To Work As A Team
It’s often been said that being in a band is like being married. In some ways this is true, but in other ways it can be more difficult.
Not only do you need to get along with each other, but there are (generally) more than two people, and multiple interactions that all have to work. Is it any wonder that many bands break up with the result that members may not speak to each other for years?
In order to have an enduring band, it is important to work as a team. It’s not enough to say “leave your ego at the door” … it’s impossible, almost by definition, to be in a band without at least a certain amount of ego. But that ego doesn’t need to get in the way, in fact it almost essential to providing an exciting and entertaining performance.
Within the confines of the band, however, teamwork is important. Band members need to work and play together, and present a consistent image to their fans.
While being a good player, or even a better player than others in the band, is great, unless you’re so fantastic that the demand for your services is unending, it’s vitally important that you know how to work as a team with the other band members.
While some performers may think that being tempermental is cool, there is no need to put up with this attitude in your band. This will just make it harder to do all the things that a band needs to do in addition to making music. If you’re the tempermental one, it’s even worse.
There are always going to be members who have strengths and weaknesses different from your own. By working as a team you can maximize those strengths and keep the weaknesses from showing in your performances.
Naturally, the best situation is if all the band members are in the same general range of abilities. However, by working as a team, nobody needs to know (outside of the band) that the rhythm guitartist actually is terrible at lead guitar, or that the lead guitarist plays drums almost as well as the drummer.
But that’s where the teamwork comes in. A good team leaves room for the band members to grow, but to still put the needs of the team first.
There’s nothing like the feeling when the band really comes together for a successful gig, proving that the end results is greater than the sum of the parts.