This article is on how to control your band. As many of you know, atleast the ones that are in a band or have had a band, jamming and getting your music DONE is the hardest part. Controlling your band is even harder. This will help you progress your band from making loud noises to making good music.
One of the first annoyances that I found the first time I got together with my band was "control." I could never get them to just stop playing and listen to what I had written for the band. Sure it's easy writing your own stuff by your self, but once you throw in a bassist, another guitarist and a drummer then it's out of control. The most annoying member of the band can be the drummer. The drummer is the key part of the band, but is very loud when he's just fooling around on drums. You can't hear anything. And when it's your first time jamming nothing will get done! So what I did was got my bassist and guitarist and told them to meet me in the park after school with there gear. So we had an unplugged jam in the quite park with no amps and no drums. That means you can get your bassist's parts down the 2 guitars down and the vocals. Never be afraid to sing it's the story of the song. A song just isn't a song until the vocals are thrown in. After we had all the guitar and bass parts done, we decided to jam with our drummer. It was easy! We just played what we had and our drummer threw in his drum parts. Once all thats done you can manage a song. Mind you some people prefer just getting a song done with amps and drums on. Theres nothing wrong with this meathod if you're used to it.
A key part to get your band to listen to what you wrote is pretty much just to tell them to shut up. There's really no other way if you want your band to hear what you wrote. A good way to work together is to write music together. Just because your the vocalist doesn't mean that you write all the lyrics. Or if you're the guitarist your bassist can help you with guitar parts. This is a very good meathod for managing the music. If everybody helps everyone will have their part in it and like what the band wrote.
The next step is equipment. A guitarist only needs ONE guitar for jamming. If your playing a "gig" then you'll need two. Theres always that chance of breaking a string on stage. You'll definetly need an amp louder then your drummers drums. If you are just jamming in your friends basement for example a 65 watt amp will be all you'll need. If you're playing a gig you'll obviously need a higher wattage amp. Some places will have there own amps, but you can't always count on them. Another part of control is to make sure you all want to play the same genre. If your bassist likes metal and your drummer likes ska then it's getting a little over the top. Although you can always compremise. You don't always have to play the same stuff. Make sure your all at the same skill level thats an important factor. You don't want a guitarist who can't even play something you wrote. Make sure your all in the same range.
Well, that's all and I hope this helped you.