So your'e thinking of starting a band? Lucky you... there's two things that make or break a band - the musicians in the band and the name of the band.. read up on how to choose band memebers below.. and check out this list of famous band names for so inspiraiton to name your band.. good luck and hope to see your new band in the list of all time great bands one of these day.
How To Choose Band Members
Ready to start your own band? There are plenty of musicians out there
willing to pursue a career in music with you, but how do you choose the
right musician? Different musicians contribute different sounds to a
band depending on their technical skills, innovations, and music
diversity. For example, Metallica would not sound the way they do
without James Hetfield, or Dream Theater would definitely not sound the
same without the drumming talents of Mike Portnoy.
Here are some tips on how to narrow down your list of potential band
1. Determine their level of commitment. You want a musician that is in
the same commitment level as the rest of the band. Is the band a
full-time thing or are you just jamming on occasions for fun on
weekends? Musicians with a high level of commitment are always good but
they can discouraged if the rest of the band is lazy and only wants to
play at minimal times. Figure out how often the band should get
together to play and then find musicians that can commit to that
2. Technical abilities versus diversity. While technical abilities are
important, there should be a good balance between music diversification
as well. Anyone can pick up a guitar and shred like Yngwie Malmsteen
with proper amount of practice picking the same notes over and over,
but not everyone can play with such feel as Jimmi Hendrix.
3. The right musician should enjoy playing the same music style as the
rest of the band members.
4. Compatibility with personality. Playing in a band is about having
fun and you should be able to get along with all your band members
off-stage. Generally speaking, you might get along with people within
your age group better, so that might be something to consider when
5. Open-minded to other music genres. While this may not apply to every
band, it might be good to consider if your band ever decides to change
its musical direction.
6. Band playing experience. Typically, the more band playing experience
the better. There is a difference between self-taught musicians that
practice at home by themselves and musicians that learn through others
by playing in bands. Musicians with no band experience might have
trouble with following songs since they are used to playing at home to
album CD's. In addition, if your band ever plans on performing live
gigs, inexperienced musicians might have stage freight.
7. Enthusiasm. Does the musician take the band seriously enough to
prioritize it? Does the musician contribute to the band musically?
Enthusiasm is shown if the they contribute a lot of ideas into the
songs and take some extra to practice at home as well. If the musician
is always running late to practices, does not contribute and only plays
what they're told to play, then chances are he/she is not very
committed to the band.
Kenny Auyoung: Webmaster @ http://www.getmeaband.com
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Naming A Band
So your'e thinking of starting a band? Lucky you... there's two things that make or break a band - the musicians in the band and the name of the band.. check out this short list of famous bands for inspiraiton on naming your band.. good luck and hope to see your band in the list of great bands someday soon.
Dave Matthews Band, Allman Brothers Band, J Geils Bband, Marshall Tucker Band,
Metallica Band, steve miller band, nitty gritty dirt band, Rubber Band (dumb joke) and The Beatless, Rolling Stones and of course Led Zeppelin.