#1
Im possibly going to join a band but i dont know if im ready to play in one yet. What kind of things to i need to know to be able to play and what skill do i really need to have? Ive been playing about a year but the some of the band members are more accomplished such as the bassist who is quite an accomplished bassist. Any tips would be great!
#2
It doesn't really matter about your ability. As long as you and your band mates can work well together within your own limits, you'll function well in a unit.
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#3
It's good to jam with other players, you'll learn things off them so it's a pretty good idea
#4
You really don't need impressive skills to play in a band. As long as you at least know how to play, you'll be fine
#6
I'd say to just look at scales and such as they'll help when you're playing together and just jamming to come up with little riffs and solos that you can use in your songs.

Also start looking more at structure of songs.
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#7
depends on what you wanna play

like if u wanted to play punk rock you wouldnt have to be too good but if you wanted to play shred then youd need a bit more skill
#8
Emm well they play modern and classic rock and stuff such as metallica, black sabbath, and just general rock. The only problem i think ill have is that i find it difficult to make myself learn songs. I start learning one and get distracted and end up learning only bits and pieces of songs.
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Emm well they play modern and classic rock and stuff such as metallica, black sabbath, and just general rock. The only problem i think ill have is that i find it difficult to make myself learn songs. I start learning one and get distracted and end up learning only bits and pieces of songs.


you'll find it gets easier when you actually have people to play the songs with.
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you'll find it gets easier when you actually have people to play the songs with.



definantly.........when my band jams i always end up forgetting about everything and just playing stuff i could never do with just a looper.....you get that feeling that you just cant mess up even if u try
#11
Just go with the flow. A band is a band and works as a team. All you need is timing, the songs and the ability to get along.

Just because you cant play advanced doesnt mean the band isnt good. Sometimes the simplest things sound the best.
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#12
If you know what songs you're going to be playing, try to find Guitar Pro files for them. This will help simulate a band setting and make it easier to learn and play through a complete song.

But as stated above, your overall skills don't need to be that great. The ability to play in time is probably the biggest thing that will make or break a band. Try to stay in your comfort range and rock the hell out of a song no matter how simple it is. Your audience won't know how technically hard a song is and honestly, it doesn't matter as long as it sounds solid.
#13
^ and sometimes they sound like greenday

But yeah, as long as you have the basic techniques down and can stay in time then you should be fine
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