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#1
Okay, well, I have played guitar in a church choir, but the singers sucked.

Anyways, my youth group is going to start being more active or whatever, like the youth group leader is going to college in San Diego in 2 weeks, but she is going to come back or try to come back, every weekend. Anyways, we were discussing what we can do to draw in more teens, and make the youth group more interesting.

We decided to select people each week to come up with ideas for games, and start telling our friends(too bad my only friend probably won't come back) about how much fun we have and stuffs.

But a new person used to be a worship leader at his old church(I am guessing that was before he got sent to a mental hospital and moved here), and he came up with an idea for all the musicians in the youth group. He wants to have a youth group band, and right now it sound like it will be him playing the bass and singing, my brother singing, me playing acoustic guitar, another person playing piano, and maybe one of the other guitarists playing electric guitar.

Weird thing is, that he wants it to be an acoustic band with the electric guitar to be on low volume. I also have never actually played in a band before.

Anything I should be prepared for? He is supposed to be sending everyone the song we are going to play, and wants us to get together somewhere to practice and make sure everyone is doing it right I guess.
#2
1. Play the right chords
2. Play in the right time
3. Play leads in the right key
4. Don't **** up
5. Have fun! If you mess up just hop back in, noone notices small mistakes...bands are a great time and even better with good singers

Do you have someone to keep the beat? percussionist or drum track? that'd be my only concern
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#3
Firstly, enjoy yourself. It's not going to be the end of the world if you make a mistake. One of the best things about being in a band is that if you stuff up it'll go unnoticed by everyone but other musicians in the audience.

Also, be honest about your abilities and what can/can't and will/won't be able to play. And if you stuff up don't stop the rest of the band. Take the time you need (but keep it to a minimum. Talking like 1 or 2 bars, or until the next chord, or the next repetition of the melody or riff) and keep playing.
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#4
I think if you want to draw in more teens an acoustic group might not be the way to go. If you add a drummer to that line up i think it would be more accessible to a teenage crowd. And whats the deal with your buddy going to a mental institution? O.o
#5
Well, the person emailed last night, but I just saw it. Anyways, he asked me if I know a drummer, so I will ask my brother about it because I remember him saying one of his friends is a drummer. But to be honest, his friends sounds like a jerk.

Also, I think the person said he was in a mental institution for 3 days because he cussed out someone at school, I think he either said that he is bipolar, or one of his teachers was.

I don't know about the acoustic band idea though, since like, I don't know any teens who don't listen to hip-hop, rock, metal, etc. and I am guessing that is hard to do with an acoustic band? Also, I think the only person who has played with other people before, is the guy who is organizing it all... I hope he isn't expecting me to memorize the tab, because I would never be able to stay on track without it.
#6
Wouldn't be able to stay on track without tab? That's what rehearsals are for dude.

Do you have trouble remembering how songs go, or how to play them? If that makes sense. Don't know that it matters much, they're both fixed the same way.
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Quote by Grimm312
Wouldn't be able to stay on track without tab? That's what rehearsals are for dude.

Do you have trouble remembering how songs go, or how to play them? If that makes sense. Don't know that it matters much, they're both fixed the same way.


I can memorize how to play songs, usually after a few times of playing them. The problem I have, is remembering when to change chords. Since I only learned when to change while someone is singing
#9
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How long have you been playing?


I got my first guitar around 5 or 6 years ago, but didn't start taking it serious until like 3 or 4 years ago. But, yeah, I just say 5 or 6 years.

But I only had a teacher for 1-2 years, and the rest is self taught.
#10
^^^ That's cool but realistically of your skill level is;

Quote by matthewzguitarz
I can memorize how to play songs, usually after a few times of playing them. The problem I have, is remembering when to change chords. Since I only learned when to change while someone is singing


You're firmly in beginner's territory.
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#11
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Weird thing is, that he wants it to be an acoustic band with the electric guitar to be on low volume. I also have never actually played in a band before.

Ever hear "worship music"? If the electric guitar is distorted in that kind of music, it's either very, very light distortion (basically, overdrive on nice pills) or it's a clean electric guitar. Point is, if the electric guitar player is going to use heavy distortion, then turning down the volume fits the aesthetic of the genre.

Personally, I found playing in church bands to be boring.
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Ever hear "worship music"? If the electric guitar is distorted in that kind of music, it's either very, very light distortion (basically, overdrive on nice pills) or it's a clean electric guitar. Point is, if the electric guitar player is going to use heavy distortion, then turning down the volume fits the aesthetic of the genre.

Personally, I found playing in church bands to be boring.


To be honest, I dislike worship music. I spent like.. 15 years of my life listening to very very slow worship music at a Lutheran church, and I hated it, especially since they took already slow music, and slowed it down even more, and the choir sung off tune and at different speeds.

I don't think the band is actually a church band though, kind of confusing. Anyways, if they decide we are going to start playing worship music like they usually play in churches, I will probably not play in the band.

But, I am not sure since the people were saying that they like stuff like, Skillet, and other bands I have never really listened to. I personally like Christian Hip-hop(Lecrae), Christian Punk(Superchick is awesome), Christian Rock(depends on the artist for me, casting crowns sucks), and stuff like that. Because I like faster music, and heavy distortion, even though I rarely use it.

I doubt I could play slow music, since like, I would get bored after the first verse or two.

For the post before about me being at beginner level thing, I actually consider myself to be intermediate at most, even though people say stupid stuff like me being a master, since you can never master an instrument. Anyways, I suck at that stuff since I have never played with anything other than a vocalist or another guitarist.
#13
You need to learn to count and feel the beat. Usually it's like every four beats or every two beats when you need to change chords (though it varies). Don't just memorize the fingerings, memorize the sound. You want to listen to the original song so that you remember it well from the beginning to the end. That way you'll remember when to change chords. Also listen to what other instruments do.
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#14
^^^ If you cannot "remember when to change chords" you are a beginner. It's pretty much a requirement to play a song.
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#15
I wouldn't play in a worship band unless it paid really well.

And honestly, that sounds EXACTLY like what the gig is.

"mainly acoustic with electric at low volume". Church band


however; i'm also not religious. So, i think it could be a good learning opportunity.. and perhaps fun too. It's just good to get into a live band situation and get practice doing it.
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#16
Quote by matthewzguitarz
To be honest, I dislike worship music. I spent like.. 15 years of my life listening to very very slow worship music at a Lutheran church, and I hated it, especially since they took already slow music, and slowed it down even more, and the choir sung off tune and at different speeds.

I don't think the band is actually a church band though, kind of confusing. Anyways, if they decide we are going to start playing worship music like they usually play in churches, I will probably not play in the band.

I highly doubt that a youth group band will play hymns, which is what I suspect your Lutheran church played. (I grew up in the Lutheran church, and most of them are fairly conservative.) Hymns aren't really what I meant by "worship music". Bands/artists like MercyMe, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, Matthew West, tobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Jars of Clay, dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and Michael W. Smith are what I meant by worship music.

But, I am not sure since the people were saying that they like stuff like, Skillet, and other bands I have never really listened to. I personally like Christian Hip-hop (Lecrae), Christian Punk (Superchick is awesome), Christian Rock (depends on the artist for me, casting crowns sucks), and stuff like that. Because I like faster music, and heavy distortion, even though I rarely use it.

Ok, that's great. I imagine that the Youth Leader or whoever has a set of bands/songs in mind. I highly doubt you'll be blasting most Skillet songs, fyi.

For the post before about me being at beginner level thing, I actually consider myself to be intermediate at most, even though people say stupid stuff like me being a master, since you can never master an instrument. Anyways, I suck at that stuff since I have never played with anything other than a vocalist or another guitarist.

If you can barely change chords, then you have some work to do. You're a beginner. Sorry.
#17
Quote by matthewzguitarz
I can memorize how to play songs, usually after a few times of playing them. The problem I have, is remembering when to change chords. Since I only learned when to change while someone is singing


If you can change chords by following a singer, it won't be that much different in a full band. You just have to listen to the whole band, rather than just the singer.

Quote by matthewzguitarz
For the post before about me being at beginner level thing, I actually consider myself to be intermediate at most, even though people say stupid stuff like me being a master, since you can never master an instrument. Anyways, I suck at that stuff since I have never played with anything other than a vocalist or another guitarist.


I think what you're lacking is maybe just some confidence. I doubt you're as skilled as you've said, but I also doubt you're as unskilled as some other people seem to think. Just keep in mind that I've noticed musicians tend to be more accepting of other musicians if they're honest about the skill level. They're always warmer towards a beginner who is honest about their abilities than they are to an intermediate who says their the next Hendrix but can't back it up when it comes time to actually play.

Seriously, play with this band. I guarantee you it's the quickest way to become a "good musician". Don't read that as technically proficient, though. They are linked, but only to a point. I've known some fantastic musicians who are at best average at their instrument.

You'll start being able to feel a song, and subliminally doing what's best for it.
You'll also start picking up on little nuances in the music that are signals for the musicians. Like the drummers fills at the end of the verse to say that you have to move onto the chorus and stuff like that.
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If you can change chords by following a singer, it won't be that much different in a full band. You just have to listen to the whole band, rather than just the singer.


I think what you're lacking is maybe just some confidence. I doubt you're as skilled as you've said, but I also doubt you're as unskilled as some other people seem to think. Just keep in mind that I've noticed musicians tend to be more accepting of other musicians if they're honest about the skill level. They're always warmer towards a beginner who is honest about their abilities than they are to an intermediate who says their the next Hendrix but can't back it up when it comes time to actually play.

Seriously, play with this band. I guarantee you it's the quickest way to become a "good musician". Don't read that as technically proficient, though. They are linked, but only to a point. I've known some fantastic musicians who are at best average at their instrument.

You'll start being able to feel a song, and subliminally doing what's best for it.
You'll also start picking up on little nuances in the music that are signals for the musicians. Like the drummers fills at the end of the verse to say that you have to move onto the chorus and stuff like that.



Thanks, by the way, sorry if I tried to say I was really good or something, since I still consider myself really bad. So, yeah, sorry if it seemed like I was trying to say I am really good or something.

I will play with the band, since now thinking about it, I am learning to play duets with the violin now, and the counting seems to be easier when someone else is doing it since I count either too fast, or too slow, and I am guessing the drummer/bassist keep everyone on track?

I like that last part, about feeling the song. I remembered a concert I went to, and kind of figured out when the guitarist was changing chords.

I think part of my problem, is that I am really shy.

Also, about the acoustic band thing. I think the main thing with that, is because the youth group only has like 10 people who come every week, sometimes there are a few more.
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Quote by matthewzguitarz
Thanks, by the way, sorry if I tried to say I was really good or something, since I still consider myself really bad. So, yeah, sorry if it seemed like I was trying to say I am really good or something.


No need to apologise, you just need to practice more.
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#20
About the music choices. I go to a Christian college and we get famous folk over here all the time. Offer your input to use Kristen Stanfill songs for the loudder stuff (seriously, the guy even did a dubstep version of a song with heavy distortion on the guitars at a Christian school) I'd say check out "I'm Not Ashamed" by him. Also check out Jamie Grace for the more upeat happy-go-lucky sound that some of the churches like. For the chord changing difficulty, Phil Whickam(sp?) is good to practice. I don't know too much Christian rap but Sho Baraka came down last year and his beats make for easy guitar transistion while remaining technically challenging for you. I'd send links n vids but I'm tired. Maybe when I wake up and finish arguing with my lady haha
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Thanks, by the way, sorry if I tried to say I was really good or something, since I still consider myself really bad. So, yeah, sorry if it seemed like I was trying to say I am really good or something.

I will play with the band, since now thinking about it, I am learning to play duets with the violin now, and the counting seems to be easier when someone else is doing it since I count either too fast, or too slow, and I am guessing the drummer/bassist keep everyone on track?

I like that last part, about feeling the song. I remembered a concert I went to, and kind of figured out when the guitarist was changing chords.

I think part of my problem, is that I am really shy.

Also, about the acoustic band thing. I think the main thing with that, is because the youth group only has like 10 people who come every week, sometimes there are a few more.

How can you count faster than you play? I mean, can you feel where the beat is? And I think you can because otherwise you couldn't even play with other musicians - you would play faster than them. Everybody in a band needs to count - nobody does the counting for you. Actually it's more like feeling the beat and knowing where a new bar starts and tapping your foot to the beat. I'm pretty sure nobody thinks like 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4 all the time when they are playing. It's more about "feeling" the beat than "counting" it. I think maybe playing everything with a metronome (or a drum machine) will help (when you practice alone). Everybody in a band needs to have a good sense of rhythm. But don't worry, you'll get better at rhythm when you play in a band.
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#22
Now I am confused, on Sunday the person organizing all of this said that we wouldn't be using amps(except the electric guitar), but my brother just told me that the person said I need to bring an amp. I don't see why the person wouldn't just tell me to bring it, and not my brother, also still waiting to find out what we are supposed to be doing tomorrow. Since we talked on Sunday and the pianist can't do anything tomorrow, but I am so confused because now my brother is talking about how we have to pick up a person who plays saxaphone, then pick up the guy organizing it, then drive down to the drummer's house, but that would still mean that the other guitarist and the pianist wouldn't know what we are doing.
#23
Welcome to being in a band ... your first one never really goes how you want it too.

And how old are you?
#24
Band communications. Aren't they fun? Btw, the leader having everyone's cell number is great. Just saying.
#25
I think it'll be a good experience for you, man. Even if the music isn't exactly what you're into, you'll learn a lot and get better by playing with other people. To me, it sounds like confidence is the main thing holding you back. Just make sure you'll all well rehearsed and have fun with it. Enjoy the experience.
#26
Now this whole thing has me kind of annoyed to be honest. The person is asking me to bring my amp(even though it is small, it is still heavy), so I don't mind that as much, but it would have been nice if he at least told me and not my brother first. Then he canceled the practice yesterday, and moved it over to Sunday, which I really don't feel like bringing my guitar to church without permission from the pastor and stuff, plus there is no way I can transport my guitar since I just realized I never got a case for it, and it doesn't fit into any of the gig bags we have.

Last night I found out my brother got permission to pick out a second song, which I was already mad about the first because it was a song I had never played before(ends up it is the same 4 chords throughout the song). But anyways, my parents decided that I should help pick out a song that I can actually play, but my brother went ahead and said all of my choices were evil and not Christian, which I find stupid because my 3 favorite artists are Christian, Superchick, Lecrae, and Daughtry.

Just because they are punk, hip-hop, and rock, doesn't mean they are evil. Anyways, I tried picking out a Superchick song since a lot of their music is aimed at teens struggling in high school, and I thought it would be good to pick one which encourages teens to be themselves or something. But, nope, Superchick is evil I guess. Instead my brother is picking out a song I can't play because I am horrible with barre chords(never bothered to learn them).

But, it is really annoying, people treat me like I can listen to a song and instantly play it, when that is not true, it takes me about a week or more to learn a new song, and even then, I take extra time to modify certain parts I think would sound better if like I replaced a certain chord with one which sound like it has more emotion, or if I just need to work on a certain part of the song more.

Now I remember the reason I was going to be a solo musician, too much stress from a band full of teens who just want to be cool or something. Like, half of the people at my youth group admitted that they have only been playing their instrument for a year or something(though the pianist has been playing for a long time). But anyways, like the leader and my brother are picking very high songs for their low voices.

Also wondering now, maybe they just decided to skip practice and just play on Sunday O_o I need to get my mind off this before I go crazy.
#27
And now you've run into band politics. Also, the whole "this band is more Christian than that band" thing is always stupid.

Btw, I don't think anyone's expecting you to learn any songs right away at this point. If they are, then you need to talk with the leader (not anyone else) and tell him that you need a week or so to actually learn songs.
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Now this whole thing has me kind of annoyed to be honest. The person is asking me to bring my amp(even though it is small, it is still heavy), so I don't mind that as much, but it would have been nice if he at least told me and not my brother first. Then he canceled the practice yesterday, and moved it over to Sunday, which I really don't feel like bringing my guitar to church without permission from the pastor and stuff, plus there is no way I can transport my guitar since I just realized I never got a case for it, and it doesn't fit into any of the gig bags we have.

Last night I found out my brother got permission to pick out a second song, which I was already mad about the first because it was a song I had never played before(ends up it is the same 4 chords throughout the song). But anyways, my parents decided that I should help pick out a song that I can actually play, but my brother went ahead and said all of my choices were evil and not Christian, which I find stupid because my 3 favorite artists are Christian, Superchick, Lecrae, and Daughtry.

Just because they are punk, hip-hop, and rock, doesn't mean they are evil. Anyways, I tried picking out a Superchick song since a lot of their music is aimed at teens struggling in high school, and I thought it would be good to pick one which encourages teens to be themselves or something. But, nope, Superchick is evil I guess. Instead my brother is picking out a song I can't play because I am horrible with barre chords(never bothered to learn them).

But, it is really annoying, people treat me like I can listen to a song and instantly play it, when that is not true, it takes me about a week or more to learn a new song, and even then, I take extra time to modify certain parts I think would sound better if like I replaced a certain chord with one which sound like it has more emotion, or if I just need to work on a certain part of the song more.

Now I remember the reason I was going to be a solo musician, too much stress from a band full of teens who just want to be cool or something. Like, half of the people at my youth group admitted that they have only been playing their instrument for a year or something(though the pianist has been playing for a long time). But anyways, like the leader and my brother are picking very high songs for their low voices.

Also wondering now, maybe they just decided to skip practice and just play on Sunday O_o I need to get my mind off this before I go crazy.

Seems like this band will end before it even starts. I would suggest joining some other band.

And who is your brother to say a song is "evil"? There are no "evil" songs (and non-Christian music is not evil, whoever says that is just stupid).

Oh, and when you join a band, make sure that all members take it seriously. I hated playing in the school band we had with our friends. The drummer, bassist and singer didn't care about it that much and it was rare that there were all five members at the same time practicing. Me and the other guitarist usually just jammed together because we were the only ones who took it seriously.
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#29
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Seems like this band will end before it even starts. I would suggest joining some other band.

And who is your brother to say a song is "evil"? There are no "evil" songs (and non-Christian music is not evil, whoever says that is just stupid).

Oh, and when you join a band, make sure that all members take it seriously. I hated playing in the school band we had with our friends. The drummer, bassist and singer didn't care about it that much and it was rare that there were all five members at the same time practicing. Me and the other guitarist usually just jammed together because we were the only ones who took it seriously.


My brother is just kind of stupid when it comes to music, guess because he either really doesn't understand that music alone can't really be evil, or that he just really believes that hip-hop is evil. I don't like saying that certain music is bad or whatever, I mean, I even like Justin Bieber's music and make it clear that I do, anyways, in my opinion, if music didn't exist, the whole world would be in war constantly, or would have ended by now.

I hope people take this band seriously. I would really like to have music at youth group, since it was planned when the youth group started, but never went anywhere. Plus, like I said, music helps people connect. I could probably do a speech on why music is important Anyways, I would even do the music myself if I had to, even though most of the songs end up being hip-hop, rock, gothic metal, or one of the other random genres of music I am in love with(celtic?).
#30
Quote by MaggaraMarine
Seems like this band will end before it even starts. I would suggest joining some other band.


Haha, my thought exactly.

And maybe you're taking things a bit seriously, OP. Getting all worked up because the "leader" didn't communicate to you directly? Come on man. Maybe he saw your brother before he had called anyone and took the chance and asked him to pass the message on, since I assume you both live together.

To make a band work, you gotta take it seriously. But it gets to a point where you're getting worked up about petty little things that don't really matter.

As for the songs, that's a different matter. Give them a go, but if you don't enjoy playing them you don't enjoy playing them. Then you're playing them because you have to, and not because you want to, so it's a chore rather than something you genuinely want to do. You've got 2 options then. Have the band play songs you like playing (seems the less likely option to me), or find another band that will.
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Haha, my thought exactly.

And maybe you're taking things a bit seriously, OP. Getting all worked up because the "leader" didn't communicate to you directly? Come on man. Maybe he saw your brother before he had called anyone and took the chance and asked him to pass the message on, since I assume you both live together.

To make a band work, you gotta take it seriously. But it gets to a point where you're getting worked up about petty little things that don't really matter.

As for the songs, that's a different matter. Give them a go, but if you don't enjoy playing them you don't enjoy playing them. Then you're playing them because you have to, and not because you want to, so it's a chore rather than something you genuinely want to do. You've got 2 options then. Have the band play songs you like playing (seems the less likely option to me), or find another band that will.



I do get worked up about little things involving my brother, just because like, he annoys me recently, probably because he makes excuses for why I am shy(I am actually not as shy as people think).

Anyways, I calmed down and thought about it more. I will first check out this song about being a hero, then next week ask the band leader about it. I honestly fell in love with the lyrics, since it pretty much says what I already believed, that even just saying "hello" can save a life(did for me at least, I was about to commit suicide before this youth group started), also has something that made me wonder about how my choices effect my brothers, and other people who look up to me.

Back on topic, I am sort of confused more now, since my brother is saying we have to bring our instruments to youth group tomorrow, but I haven't heard anything about it. So, guess I will just go to youth group without my guitar, like originally planned.
#32
Okay, guess my brother has to bring his guitar today, since I can't transport mine. And we are playing today with no band practice.

Anyways, I think I just overreacted because I was worried about someone on youtube who posted a goodbye video, but everything turned out okay, the police found her and she is getting the help she needs

Also going to buy the song "Hero" by Superchick and ask the band leader if we could play it sometime. Because, I don't go to school(homeschooled), but I hear the people at youth group talking about weird kids. Well, pretty sure no one knows the situation those kids are in, for all we know, those kids will be the ones who commit suicide or show up with a gun. I really want to kind of help those people, but I can't directly help them since like I said, I don't go to that school, but I could maybe get people to sit with them at lunch or whatever.

Anyways, kind of excited and scared about today since I just totally forgot the chords to the song, but I did find a way to count, using my foot. Though I only really need that during the chorus, since the rest of the time it is just changing chords by the time I strum down twice(I strung down, then pick certain strings, then down strum again).
#33
This is a very strange thread. Get working on those barre chords.
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#34
Okay, talked to the band and we prayed that we would find a way to get it going. The youth group leader said that there is no way we could get a drummer, because there is a rumor about the drummer we were looking at, that he uses drugs, so the church doesn't want to get involved with that. Also, the price of drums, then transportation and storage.

So, the band leader and my brother worked out something I guess, that every Saturday the band will come to our house in a room we are going to set up for practice. The band, now consists of I think, me(guitarist of course), my brother(singer), the band leader(bassist and lead singer), another guitarist, and a pianist. We are also looking into getting a girl backup singer(I actually think she should be the lead singer, she is amazing).

I thought about the drum issue, and think I came up with a solution to that, since I was going to do it anyways for my own solo stuff. I heard about a drumkit program thing that lets you make beats or something like that on the computer, so I was thinking I can buy that and make some beats, then use the karaoke machine my brother has, to play those beats in the background. But, I am completely clueless on that, just a random idea(I like problem solving).

Anyways, today we did get the music we are doing, and listened to each other, or at least the guitars and bass, and talked about what we are doing about getting this going
#37
Lol, this is the sorta stuff that happens when you start playing with other musicians. And yeah, in my experience, the drummer's always the hardest part for some reason. Personally, I'd suggest trying craigslist before getting a drum program, but that's just me.

Yeah, I hate it when people do that "rock is the devil's music" junk. It's not cool telling people the music they listen to is inherently evil.
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Lol, this is the sorta stuff that happens when you start playing with other musicians. And yeah, in my experience, the drummer's always the hardest part for some reason. Personally, I'd suggest trying craigslist before getting a drum program, but that's just me.

Yeah, I hate it when people do that "rock is the devil's music" junk. It's not cool telling people the music they listen to is inherently evil.


The band leader replied to my idea saying that we do not need drums so I guess I am done with that idea.

I am actually liking what my youth group leader said about that, she told everyone that music can't really be evil, but still said to be careful to what you listen to.

Anyways, I was just inspired by Superchick, and what happened last night(long story, anyways, lady posted goodbye video but now she is okay and getting the help she needs), and just my own experience with trying to please my parents and fit in with people(could have ended badly). I know what my music will be about now, helping teens going through problems like that, just need a name which fits that theme though, and hope that the band likes the name, if not then I would just save it for myself(pretty sure now that I will go to college for music).

Anyways, thanks for all the help
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There's some good Christian artists that play some pretty good stuff for a church worship setting. To name a few are bands (and songs)


Fee (Rise And Sing, Happy Day, Glory To God Forever, All Because Of Jesus,...)

Newsboys (God's Not Dead, I am Free, Blessed Be Your Name)

Hillsong United (The Stand, Hosanna, Take It All, Awesome God)

Barlowgirl (Never Alone, No One Like You)

Casting Crowns (Praise You In This Storm, East To West, Lifesong)

Kari Jobe (Revelation Song)

Jeremy Riddle (Sweetly Broken, Furious)

A lot of those are really powerful. And if you can pull them off they're fun to get into.=) I hope it helps! When I was in high school we played a lot of these songs in our youth group. There are several really energizing ones, and a few quieter ones. Energy for being pumped, and slow for somber "You and God" moments you know? Good stuff. Good luck!
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...[ ]....Also, I think the person said he was in a mental institution for 3 days because he cussed out someone at school, I think he either said that he is bipolar, or one of his teachers was....[ ]....
So why don't you think this person would be ideal far an angry teenaged grunge/metal band?

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I don't know about the acoustic band idea though, since like, I don't know any teens who don't listen to hip-hop, rock, metal, etc. and I am guessing that is hard to do with an acoustic band? Also, I think the only person who has played with other people before, is the guy who is organizing it all... I hope he isn't expecting me to memorize the tab, because I would never be able to stay on track without it.
You can really play anything "unplugged", of course with varying levels of success. Hint here though, it's so much harder to hold those darn barre chords on an acoustic, than it is on an electric.

So much self doubt, or unwillingness(?) to work as hard as necessary to accomplish your common goals in that last paragraph. Are you sure you're ready for this?
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