The Secrets To Finding The Right Band Members

One of the biggest challenges for any band is finding serious and dedicated musicians.

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One of the biggest challenges for any band is finding serious and dedicated musicians. In fact, even popular bands (that you know of) have a hard time with this. If you can build your band with committed musicians, you can drastically increase your chances for success in music. If your band contains unmotivated members, it will likely fail. Here are seven rules that your band must understand in order to succeed:

Rule No.1:

If you are in the company of band members who are truly success minded, there are no boundaries to what you can accomplish.

Rule No.2:

If you have a band full of unmotivated band members, the chances of succeeding in the music business are close to zero.

Rule No.3:

The majority of people who want to join your band will be all talk and no results! Very few musicians are truly dedicated and motivated to achieve success in the music industry. If you run into these types of musicians, you will quickly realize that they are willing to talk about doing big things, but in reality are not mentally prepared to go above and beyond simply playing music'. This will not help your band, so avoid these people.

Rule No.4:

In order to build success for your band, you will need to consistently put out a great deal of effort (this applies even once you've begun to make it'). If your band only contains a couple of people who do all of the work, the amount of work will simply be too much to handle on your own. As a result, the band will likely not achieve significant success. Once you start to notice that the other musicians in your band are not putting out much effort to help the band, bring this up with them. Tell them that they have only one chance to change their ways. If you then notice that they have not made any efforts to turn things around, cut them from the band. These people will only drag your band down.

Pat O'Bryan once said:

"You would be surprised by the amount of musicians and artists who are just waiting around for opportunity to knock on their door as they simply follow what all the other musicians and artists are doing.

"Losers in a losing cycle, perpetuated by following other losers. Not such a great plan, but it is by far the most popular."

Rule No.5:

Some musicians make for excellent band members from a purely musical standpoint. However, it is a very common situation that talented musicians actually prevent their band from making progress in music. This is because talented musicians (like any musician) can still be the wrong' people for your band. If you want to achieve great success with your band, you will need to focus on the wider scope of where the band is going. This means, if someone is the wrong person for your band, you need to let them go (even if they can play' great).

Rule No.6:

The truth is, most of the right' musicians are people in a situation very similar to the one you are in. These people are frustrated by trying to find motivated band members, and are determined to find someone exactly like YOU.

Rule No.7:

There are many bands that have already achieved high success in music who are unsatisfied with some of their current band members. It is a mistake to assume that because a band is already successful, they are not actively looking to find the right musicians. It is very possible that people from these bands could join with your band instead or even that you could replace a member in their band.

Think about all that you will be able to do once you have found the right musicians for your band. This means being surrounded by musicians who not only talk big', but do big'. These are people who are highly motivated, and work hard on a continual basis to make progress in their music careers. Once you have these people on your side, you will become a totally unstoppable force!

Learn more about how to find committed musicians for your band, and how to filter through the mediocre musicians by downloading this free ebook on how to find band members for your band.

About the author: Tom Hess is a virtuoso guitarist and member of the epic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire. He is a music career mentor to musicians around the world and has joined with Alex Staropoli and Draven Grey to put together a program about how to become a successful rock band in order to help rock bands achieve success in the music industry. You can find music career success tips, articles, and resources both for rock bands as well as for individual musicians on

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    I'm not generally a guy to flame an article, but all you really said in this was "find motivated musicians".
    It's more than that. He's saying work hard, and find the right people who are going to work towards the same goals.
    Good article , although it's hard enough to find a decent drummer where I live, let alone a drummer who is success minded or motivated! I could use these "secrets" to find a second guitarist but I don't like to share solos
    well if you are actually serious about having a band do two things. One, share the stupid solo. You should try to focus on the people in the band along with yourself. Those other people probley don't wanna share either but it won't kill you. Two, if you really want to find a good drummer or any band member try to look outside of your hometown area. Well, it depends on your age to. But you can still go pretty far away. try to put some adds out.craigslist or some otherweb site. Hope that might help u a bit
    I've been in so many bands where all the other members want to do is get drunk and get laid, they use music as a means to those ends.
    Its all lotery. I believe in some sort of guiding hand or w/e bringing the needed people together.
    Eric Enbacker
    Fine, so in order to have a good band, you need good and motivated musicians who get along well... Thanks for the helpful advice dude!
    Or I could just jam with my pothead pals, play some dirty blues at a dive bar full of granddads, and hope someone likes it enough to buy us all a beer at the end of the show.
    Ive gotten really good at playing guitar but playing with other (except for drummer)can be restricting sometimes. I find it easier to play by myself (or with a drummer) without having to fallow someone elses lead.
    I want a band who we all believe in each other! no matter if we are not perfect but we can find the best of us together! where do I find my band members?