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Old 01-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #61
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #62
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your band is my favourite thing on bandcamp.

If sarcastic, s'ok bro, s'all fun.

If not sarcastic, thank you, I'm very flattered, but there is much better stuff.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #63
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Don't form a prog metal band. You'll never find members who can play it, or anything aside from 4/4 for that matter. I know from experience.

And don't form a metalcore band, because then you'll just sound like a douchebag no matter what you do.

or just don't form a metal band at all
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #64
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:34 PM   #65
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If sarcastic, s'ok bro, s'all fun.

If not sarcastic, thank you, I'm very flattered, but there is much better stuff.

there's certainly no better album art anywhere
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:19 PM   #66
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Although this too So much this should be taken into consideration.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #67
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or just don't form a metal band at all

Go screw yourself in a particularly painful way...

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Don't form a prog metal band. You'll never find members who can play it, or anything aside from 4/4 for that matter. I know from experience.

This is why you form a solo prog metal project, to start off. Then, you record some basic songs and get some people to join you, if they can play at your level of skill and composition.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:17 PM   #68
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dat post/view ratio

Try your best to start off with originals. It will give your band a headstart on what you guys are going to sound like.

UG user JustRooster had an article about that topic a bit back. Great article.

EDIT: A metal band is actually very fun to play in. Just try to be different from everybody else (while staying in the metal genre) and you'll have a good time.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #69
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This is why you form a solo prog metal project, to start off. Then, you record some basic songs and get some people to join you, if they can play at your level of skill and composition.

This is why the notion of bands as anything more than a tool for live performance is useless. You can do it all by yourself if you have a computer, $50 and some time.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:35 PM   #70
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This is why the notion of bands as anything more than a tool for live performance is useless. You can do it all by yourself if you have a computer, $50 and some time.


I wouldn't call it useless. They get to have fun on stage along with the leader and they maybe get to write some stuff too. They also get paid the same as the leader unless he's an asshole and wants more of the share.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:53 PM   #71
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i have been playing out and semi professionaly for quite sometime now, so ill add some of the things that i have learned over my few years of experience.

first, know your role. as, if you are just hired to play guitar in the band, then play your parts, and play them well. dont offer unsolicited advice about arrangements and songwriting unless they are asked for, or you risk losing the job.

second, practice on your own damn time. when your with the band in the practice space, its time to rehearse. let me explain the difference; on your own time, work out your own parts. thats practicing. when everyone knows their parts, the band rehearsal goes much smoother. obviously there are exceptions, like when you are working on a brand new song.

if you have something bad to say about another band, make sure your in private. dont openly trash a band your playing with, you never know who will hear you. thats rude, unproffessional, and lets be honest, we have all sucked before.

no drugs or drinking during rehearsal. i am what that thinks it can be ok to have a few drinks during a show, but never ever get drunk. it is a job after all, and despite what you think, i can assure you that your playing is better when you are sober.

be in tune, and keep your gear in good working order.

after a show, promptly get your own stuff put away, and then help the drummer if he needs it. but dont socialize too much while your band mates take care of your stuff.

be respectful of the club owners and their property. beleive, i know alot of them are assholes and treat us musicians like shit, but you wont be helping anything if you are a dick back to them.

respect the sound guys wishes. i love being loud as much as the next guy, but if the sound guy tells you turn down, do it. if not, he may just purposefully ruin the bands sound.

know how to blend. dont be so much louder than the rest the band that they cant be heard. but dont be afriad to be louder for solos.

when someone gives you a compliment after the show, accept it gracefully. also, if someone insults your band, brush it off gracefully.

be very careful with your finances. dont pay for everything for the band, and dont take advantage of others in the band that are willing to finance things for the band. work out ahead of time how to split up gig money. if one person is driving everyone, give them more. if one person is paying for recording, PA, whatever, pay that person back with gig money. work it out ahead of time always.

thats all i can think of off the top of my head, if i think of more ill post. but mostly, just dont be a dick haha. and dont ever forget why you play music, and thats because you love it.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:54 PM   #72
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #73
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What! You know how many metallica songs ride the open e??? Lol. Breakdowns are awesome if you are good. They can't be in 4/4 or 8/8. That's lame.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:18 PM   #74
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Have your own equipment, have your transport to practice sorted, have the right attitude to learning songs. Jesus ****, please.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #75
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Rules of the band I'm in. I've broke one of them so far:

-No interband sex.
-Don't bring AIDS into the band.
-Don't fart on the producers chair.
-Don't sleep with the lady who works with the label.

We keep adding more as and when necessary.


I guess you broke the one about farting on the producers chair.

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #76
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This is why the notion of bands as anything more than a tool for live performance is useless. You can do it all by yourself if you have a computer, $50 and some time.


In some instances this may be true but, personally I like having other people that have see things from different points of view and not everyone has the time to learn every instrument required for a band. Or wants to for that matter.

I see what your saying though.

Oops..OT: Really just try and think things through. Try to avoid doing things that will end up being counter productive like: screwing bands mates or trashing rooms. Also don't smash instruments unless you have the money to buy a new one. Pretty obvious

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #77
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #78
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This is why you form a solo prog metal project, to start off. Then, you record some basic songs and get some people to join you, if they can play at your level of skill and composition.
Bolded is just the problem. They're nonexistent where I live. They either suck, have giant egos, don't have suitable gear or money, stupid, or lazy.

The ones who are capable of playing my music don't have any time on their hands or are involved too much in their own project.


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This is why the notion of bands as anything more than a tool for live performance is useless. You can do it all by yourself if you have a computer, $50 and some time.
Not really. More people involved = more ideas, plus more influences thrown into the mix to create a more unique sound.

Plus if you suck at drum programming like I do, it's always helpful to have a decent drummer around who knows his shit and can help you make it sound better, even if his playing is not on the actual recording.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:01 PM   #79
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