Poll: Does musical taste prevent you from joining a band?
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View poll results: Does musical taste prevent you from joining a band?
Yeah, theres no one who will play the stuff I want to play
21 25%
Theres a few people but I can't make a band
30 36%
No, theres plenty of people
15 18%
No, I'm willing to play styles I don't really want to
17 20%
Voters: 83.
#1
I just wondered how many pit dwellers have wanted to start a band but have been unable to do it because the lack of willing participants. I could have been in a band but I decided against it for three reasons. 1) I'd be the third guitarist. 2) Its been decided that I'm a better guitarist than them yet I wouldn't play anything that significant. 3) I want to play different genres.

Its extremely difficult to find anyone who will play in a band that will do jazz, prog rock, death metal and drone metal. Infact I think I'm the only person in my area who would.

So pit, how many of you have been unsuccesful at forming a band because of your musical taste?
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#4
Not because of musical tastes but me and my mate tried getting a band together, got everyone but then the bassist said he never wants to play live for some reason, he's gone, turns out my mate can hardly play power chords so that's down the drain then there was just no point.
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#5
I was only ever in one group, called Facehead and The Wordsmiths, and it was me (guitar), a trombonist, and a singer. We only performed twice, and dissolved shortly after. I had a lot of fun performing live, and I'm really craving it again (to the extent that I would consider joining a band which didn't necessarily align with my musical tastes, just for the moment).

I remember the singer really wanted the band to sound like some kind of Cake/Phish combination, and I was pretty much ideologically against that, and though we never fought, it was kind of hard to play some of those songs. Also turns out I can only really write song with others
#6
There are people, but the people that have the same taste in music as I do are complete assholes that I do not want to hang out with, so starting a band with them would be bad.

I played one show once, I was supposed to play the guitar, but the bassist dropped out the night before the show, so I had go pick up the bass, and then had a guitarist that didn't know how to play powerchords, the longest 2 minutes of my life. But was fun nonetheless.

I need to try harder.
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#7
It's difficult, I even thought for sure if I advertised the idea on facebook, even with metal, which seems to be pretty popular now, no responses.
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#8
Lame. The point of a band is for all members to contribute there musical preferences to create something that they could not do alone. If the finished product isn't your exact style then guess what, the other members have succeeded in putting a piece of there own into the project.
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#9
where's the "there's a few people but we did form a band" option?
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#10
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Lame. The point of a band is for all members to contribute there musical preferences to create something that they could not do alone. If the finished product isn't your exact style then guess what, the other members have succeeded in putting a piece of there own into the project.


Yet how can you contribute a piece of your style when the other members refuse anything in your writing style?

Edit: To the above, just go with the plenty of people option, sorry for not putting that option in.
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where's the "there's a few people but we did form a band" option?


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#12
I'm in two bands.
But they're both covers bands, and they're both fairly generic.

I'd love to have a fusion project going or something like that, but there are no fusion players about.

Also, I would start my own sort of John Mayer-ish style project, but my voice is horrible.
#13
I play Judas Priest, Warlord, Yngwie Malmsteen, Flotsam and Jetsam and assorted other 80s speed/neoclassical/power metal. In a land where the only bands in existence that are considered metal are Protest The Hero, BFMV, Three Days' Grace, Slipknot, Children Of Bodom and All That Remains. I can play guitar, bass and drums(though honestly I really don't like drumming, I can't do fast double bass for more than 10 minutes), and I can do backing vocals, but...I can't find any actual singers, just mallcore screamers, same thing for bassists(heck, the two I've found both have trouble playing Crazy Train, and one of them stole a good $50 from my house when I was in a band with him when I first started guitar) and I can't find *A* drummer. I know a rather talented guitarist who I jam with on occasion, but he never shuts up about me being a "closed-minded twat" for not liking ska(I just...don't like poppy music like that, I don't see anything wrong with that but apparently there is), and he lives 4 hours away.
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I play Judas Priest, Warlord, Yngwie Malmsteen, Flotsam and Jetsam and assorted other 80s speed/neoclassical/power metal. In a land where the only bands in existence that are considered metal are Protest The Hero, BFMV, Three Days' Grace, Slipknot, Children Of Bodom and All That Remains. I can play guitar, bass and drums(though honestly I really don't like drumming, I can't do fast double bass for more than 10 minutes), and I can do backing vocals, but...I can't find any actual singers, just mallcore screamers, same thing for bassists(heck, the two I've found both have trouble playing Crazy Train, and one of them stole a good $50 from my house when I was in a band with him when I first started guitar) and I can't find *A* drummer. I know a rather talented guitarist who I jam with on occasion, but he never shuts up about me being a "closed-minded twat" for not liking ska(I just...don't like poppy music like that, I don't see anything wrong with that but apparently there is), and he lives 4 hours away.


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Protest is more metal than you'll ever be.

I get that on a daily basis. o_o I'm tempted to just hit myself in the head until I can bear death vox.
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#16
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I play Judas Priest, Warlord, Yngwie Malmsteen, Flotsam and Jetsam and assorted other 80s speed/neoclassical/power metal. In a land where the only bands in existence that are considered metal are Protest The Hero, BFMV, Three Days' Grace, Slipknot, Children Of Bodom and All That Remains. I can play guitar, bass and drums(though honestly I really don't like drumming, I can't do fast double bass for more than 10 minutes), and I can do backing vocals, but...I can't find any actual singers, just mallcore screamers, same thing for bassists(heck, the two I've found both have trouble playing Crazy Train, and one of them stole a good $50 from my house when I was in a band with him when I first started guitar) and I can't find *A* drummer. I know a rather talented guitarist who I jam with on occasion, but he never shuts up about me being a "closed-minded twat" for not liking ska(I just...don't like poppy music like that, I don't see anything wrong with that but apparently there is), and he lives 4 hours away.

You were cool in my mind when I read Flotsam and Jetsam, but then I read you didn't like ska. I am disappoint.
#17
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I get that on a daily basis. o_o I'm tempted to just hit myself in the head until I can bear death vox.


...Have you actually listened to PtH?

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#18
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Actually, please do. It's good stuff.

But all promotions aside, I've never had any problems. Maybe it's because I just enjoy music generally, so I'll play mostly anything if it means I'll get to do what I love. Started out in cove bands and bad metal bands, then progressed to better ones as time went by.

And now I have the skill and contacts to actually play styles I'm passionate about. Feels good man.
#19
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...Have you actually listened to PtH?

Rody has been called "The Canadian Bruce Dickinson"

I heard, like, one song and gave up, not my thing. And I don't like Dickinson, honestly. o_o'
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I heard, like, one song and gave up, not my thing. And I don't like Dickinson, honestly. o_o'


Meh. If it's not your thing, it's not your thing.
#21
I jam with another guitarist sometimes, but can't find a drummer. Well there was one possibility but his dad sold his drum set so that didn't work. It sucks, because I would love being in a band, I'd be willing to play just about any genre. Except country or glam rock because those suck, and not jazz because I'll never be good enough.
#22
I used to be in a band but both the drummer and bassist moved. At one point there were 5 people willing to play guitar but no one else.
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#23
Used to have this problem, wanted to start a band but we only had both the guitars and a bass, since there aren't any good metal drummers or singers in my school. Got invited by another band to try out on bass though and made the cut there, so I don't really have the problem anymore.
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#24
when you and the lead singer are the only ones commited to sitting down and playing together as a unit. My last attempt had the bassist playing "eye of the tiger" over and over again; The drummer playing a 3oh!3 song endlessly, and the second guitarist alternating between "stairway to heaven" and "Beverly hills"...uggg

any similar expiriences?
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#25
i was in this arrogant ****'s band, and he wanted a punk/metal sort of band. i quit when i realized he was more or less going for a my chem rip off.
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#26
I'm willing to play styles I don't want to if I'm doing paying gigs. If I'm doing it for my personal benefit for no money then **** everyone else, I can record my own shit by myself.

I was in a couple of bands though and the last one I was in broke up because the singer/guitarist just wasn't in it like me (drummer) and the bassist, we weren't bad and if we would've kept going I'm sure we could've played at some cool places. It was tough to take that one in cause we had similar music tastes and were all decent at our instruments.
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#27
I just find it hard to find people with drive. Every band I've in plays for twenty minutes, then devolves into scrolling through someone's iPod going "We could do this song!" "No we couldn't. Too hard." "What about this?" "I hate that song." "What about original songs?" "Who the hell would want to hear us write?" until someone goes inside to play on whatever console is hooked up to the living room TV at the house of whoever we're practicing at.

I'm fine with weird lineups or conflicting tastes. That's how you make cool fusions and different sounds. What I hate is it fels like I'm the only one who has any drive, and either I take over as the de facto leader and everyone gets pissed that someone's bossing them around, or I sit and watch the band sit with no drive whatsoever.
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#28
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Its extremely difficult to find anyone who will play in a band that will do jazz, prog rock, death metal and drone metal. Infact I think I'm the only person in my area who would.

Move over here and let's get on it.

Seriously though, that is exactly what I want to play.
#29
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I jam with another guitarist sometimes, but can't find a drummer. Well there was one possibility but his dad sold his drum set so that didn't work. It sucks, because I would love being in a band, I'd be willing to play just about any genre. Except country or glam rock because those suck, and not jazz because I'll never be good enough.

Country is one of the coolest genres around man. Don't listen to the country on the radio though. That's not country.
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#30
I'm in a band with my friends, cause I enjoy playing, simple as that.

But I wouldn't say that it's my dream band, seeing that our music (tough guy hardcore; think Hatebreed) isn't really the kind of hardcore I REALLY want to play (I'm a melodic hardcore guy: Title Fight, Transit, Lifetime of course, etc). But I enjoy playing so we try to make it work. I guess because they're my friends. But the kind where you just meet a bunch of musicians, and then you play, but you really don't get their music, I can assume that in that case I would really be tough.
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#31
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I used to be in a band but both the drummer and bassist moved. At one point there were 5 people willing to play guitar but no one else.


Guitar orchestra yo.

Soundscapes and droney shit. It'd be brilliant!


I've never had difficulty finding people to play with...it's just that they're all either complete metalheads or are completely against heavy music.
I'm very lucky to have my current band...they all listen to music i listen to so we all get along well!
And they're willing to experiment a lot.
#32
I play bass in a metal/hardcore-ish band, ideally, I'd be playing guitar in a po-punk/indie rock band
The band I'm in's pretty fun now I'm used to it anyway, you should just give it a chance.


#33
The only band I was ever in was this Atmospheric Black Metal/ Depressive Suicidal Black Metal/ Doom Metal band (the other guitarist changed between these frequently, depending on the type of band he was listening to at the moment,) and that ended poorly, mostly because everyone got really annoyed with everybody else. The drummer never showed up, the bassist wanted to play in his metalcore band more, and the other guitarist got pissed off with me for whatever reason. Now, I can't find anyone else who wants to play any form of music. But I'll blame that on my musical tastes, and the close-mindedness of the people around me.
#34
I over think things: my playing style, while not complex in terms of soloing, is pretty complicated - some of my more complex songs (I'm primarily a rhythm player) have 10+ non repeating sections to them, as well as fast changes on variations of each chord, and it's something i would find hard not to break out of. i also like to screw around with basslines and such with chord inversions (and i use those inversions to make simultaneous melodies). I also use dissonance and chromatisicm quite a lot. it would piss them off unless they also liked that avant garde sorta thing.

Why won't anyone jam with me?
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