#1
im putting this here instead of the band leading forum for a reason.

from the guitarists standpoint, from your experiences, what is the best way to go about starting a band that wont fall apart within a month? i think different instruments would have different ways of going at this. any help is appreciated
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#2
The more you just "jam" with them before calling it a band seems to work well for me. Don't count an idea out because it's not "your music." When starting, put all ideas on the table and go from there. If you don't all have about the same view on things (music style, where you wanna go, etc.), it's going to fail 99/100 times.
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#4
plus being a guitar player you have LOTS of competition, so don't be afraid of playing outside of your "genre"
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#5
Make sure your lead singer is willing to share the spotlight. If hes going to get pissed everytime you solo for more then 10 seconds, you two will just end up butting heads.
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#6
Share your pot.

Or share your straight-edgedness.

I find that when everyone in the band is extremely open-minded about music (ie. willing to listen to/play anything from metal to jazz to hip-hop tunes), then the band will definitely work.

Otherwise, similar musical tastes can really help, as well as the ability to just have fun.
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#7
Yeah, when praticing, a good hour-two hours is all you need if it's productive. If it's not, go in, kill the shit out of each other on PS2, Xbox, 360, PS3, insert your system of choice, or paintball. Then go back to jamming
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#8
Quote by DisplacedLogic
Yeah, when praticing, a good hour-two hours is all you need if it's productive. If it's not, go in, kill the shit out of each other on PS2, Xbox, 360, PS3, insert your system of choice, or paintball. Then go back to jamming


That's exactly what we do haha.

The schedule goes:
Jam
Wii
Jam
PS2
Jam
Random crap flash game on the internet

And then we chill to some music.
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#9
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Share your pot.




What works for me is finding people who are willing to share a vision. Make sure you surround yourself with people of a like mind, and with the same goals. Find people with simillar schedules too. It sucks trying to book shows if one member works weekend nights. Don't settle for musicians just because they are available. Make sure you audition several different people for each position. Also go to a restaraunt or bar, or any public place, and just talk for a few hours. Get to know their personallity. Think of it as trying to form a family. If everyone gets along you will be able to stick it out longer. Don't be a dick-tator! Stay away from egocentric bastards, even though that would exclude most vocalists. As long as you can get along, share a vision and become a solid unit, the only limitation is your abillity.
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