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#1
Hello everyone! I am thinking of forming a band. I have been playing guitar for about a year... The band would be situated in Mansfield. My guitar teacher says he can find a drummer, and has already found a singer for me, but he likes Indie Music (U2, The Verve... and Radiohead, which I like) I have a friend who is a bassist, though he does not take lessons.

Should I wait for a singer who is more into my type of music... Muse, Rage Against The Machine, rock music really, or just get playing with a band?

Have you got any tips or advice?
Cheers
#2
Well my band started like that, you and the other players should get jamming and playing together so that your used to each other and can improve the actually music.
Vocals can come later, just keep your options open
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#4
its always good to play a few different styles, eventually you will play your style
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Oh dear :P This was my mother's response... I don't KNOW if I can sing though! The idea of singing is quite cool, but then I get ideas of starting singing and everyone being like, he's terrible, but we won't tell him... You know what I mean?
#6
Just get together and jam,

thats what me and my mates do, the drummer plays a beat, I make up the rhythm and it it just carries on from there
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#7
Take him on and see how things pan out. It's good to have a variety of genres in the band, especially when writing songs.

Btw, those bands you listed are not indie.
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#8
Muse and RATM have very different singing styles...

But besides that, just learn to sing, dude.

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Oh dear :P This was my mother's response... I don't KNOW if I can sing though! The idea of singing is quite cool, but then I get ideas of starting singing and everyone being like, he's terrible, but we won't tell him... You know what I mean?

Who cares what they think, man?
Think of Tom Delonge from Blink-182 and AVA. The man can't sing to save his life. And he's been in two famous bands.
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#9
yeah, just get together and jam for a bit. play stuff the singer wants, and he should sing some stuff the rest of yeah want, and jsut figure out what you as a band want to play and soundlike:-)
#10
It would be advisable to just get together and have some fun.
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#11
Ha ha, getting together and jammin' sounds good! I think I'll invite this guy to come sing, and then maybe I can sing later? What do you do about that? Get singing lessons? I'd like to think I'm a decent guitar player, and most people say I've come on really well in just a year.

The guy I've got playing bass is into the same stuff as me, so no problem there. But this singer won't be problematic will he?
#12
Meshing different styles together is the only way you'll come up with a unique sound. If all the musicians in a band are all influenced by the same things, then it'll sound the same as their influences

Which would probably work quite well if they were all influenced by a wide range of music...but otherwise, embrace diversity!
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Hello everyone! I am thinking of forming a band. I have been playing guitar for about a year... The band would be situated in Mansfield. My guitar teacher says he can find a drummer, and has already found a singer for me, but he likes Indie Music (U2, The Verve... and Radiohead, which I like) I have a friend who is a bassist, though he does not take lessons.

Should I wait for a singer who is more into my type of music... Muse, Rage Against The Machine, rock music really, or just get playing with a band?

Have you got any tips or advice?
Cheers


A singer into rage wont sing rage. Its rapping, not singing. And Muse are very hard to replicate vocally.
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#15
Ha ha, yeah... when I was typing that I thought.. rapper, not singer. But you know what I mean, they're my musical interests. But I see what you mean with diversity being good.
#16
In my band we have 5 members. We all sing.
Our bassist likes: Taking Back Sunday and other new pop-punk
Drummer likes: Third Eye Blind, Motion City Soundtrack, JimmyEatWorld
Keyboard player likes: The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, Mae
The guitar player likes: Relient K, Bullet For My Valentine, Saosin
and I like: Circle Takes The Square, American Football, Straylight Run, Say Anything

It all comes from the same genre but they have totally different sounds, so it doesn't really matter who your influences are.
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In my band we have 5 members. We all sing.
Our bassist likes: Taking Back Sunday and other new pop-punk
Drummer likes: Third Eye Blind, Motion City Soundtrack, JimmyEatWorld
Keyboard player likes: The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, Mae
The guitar player likes: Relient K, Bullet For My Valentine, Saosin
and I like: Circle Takes The Square, American Football, Straylight Run, Say Anything

It all comes from the same genre but they have totally different sounds, so it doesn't really matter who your influences are.

at least you have a keyboard player
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#20
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Muse and RATM have very different singing styles...

But besides that, just learn to sing, dude.


Who cares what they think, man?
Think of Tom Delonge from Blink-182 and AVA. The man can't sing to save his life. And he's been in two famous bands.


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#21
Anyone can sing. It's always useful to have another singer in the band. My bass player never does, so i have to do it all the time and don't get to shred so often.

but yeah, the indie singers with silly accents are everywhere right now. you want to stand out. i know i wouldn't touch that ****.
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#22
different styles mixed together makes for good music.
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#23
Is it hard to sing and play guitar? Or something you get used to?

Also, will we get payed money for playing gigs? I'm 14, and I could do with some cash! I'll get my guitar teacher to talk to the drummer and singer and ask them if they'd be interested, then we can meet up for a jam and do some covers and stuff.
#24
you won't start seeing a profit from a band until you are a tight, good band with an actual fanbase. you might get paid, but as a band yet to form, you wont get paid much. also, it should be about the music not the dosh
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you won't start seeing a profit from a band until you are a tight, good band with an actual fanbase. you might get paid, but as a band yet to form, you wont get paid much. also, it should be about the music not the dosh


Ha ha, yeah... I get you. I just thought I might as well get paid for something I love doing.
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Oh dear :P This was my mother's response... I don't KNOW if I can sing though! The idea of singing is quite cool, but then I get ideas of starting singing and everyone being like, he's terrible, but we won't tell him... You know what I mean?

Mate, contrary to popular belief, singing is 20% talent and 80% practice. Trust me, even if you aren't exactly matt bellamy, you're halfway there as long as you can sing in tune. you do develop your own style of singing in the end, but that comes later. If you need advice on technique, just google singing tips, you'll get a rough idea.
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#28
I'd do it. The mix of styles could end up sounding pretty sick. Also, if you do decide to jam with him, it's not like you're in a legal contract.

My only pieces of advice however are this:
1. Make sure everyone else is as serious as you. Right now my band has a pretty bad dedication issue, and we aren't getting anything done.
2. Don't pick someone just cause they're your friends. They're chill people, but if they suck at music, don't bother haha.
#29
Dude if the singer has a range from U2 to Radiohead thats pretty huge! He should be able to handle RATM & stuff like that to! Also no matter who you find to sing you are going to have to comparmise & play songs that they can sing, & also some songs they want to do so just play some U2 songs & **** like that as well as what you want to do! Also just because the bassist hasen't had any lessons doesn't mean he is goin to be no good, I tought myself both Guitar & bass & consider myself reasonable at both!
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#30
Yeah, the bassist, who is also my friend, is, I would say, incredible saying he is self taught. He can pick stuff up real fast.

Thanks for all your comments so far guys!
Got any tips about being in a band or how to get stuff set up?
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#33
Hey everyone! Sorry to bring this post back from the dead... But I still have no band! :O It just didn't seem to materialize.... My guitar teacher is looking for a drummer for me, and the friend who plays bass is still up for playing. It's just the trouble of finding a singer and getting everything together...

You legends got any tips?
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In my band we have 5 members. We all sing.
Our bassist likes: Taking Back Sunday and other new pop-punk
Drummer likes: Third Eye Blind, Motion City Soundtrack, JimmyEatWorld
Keyboard player likes: The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary, Mae
The guitar player likes: Relient K, Bullet For My Valentine, Saosin
and I like: Circle Takes The Square, American Football, Straylight Run, Say Anything

It all comes from the same genre but they have totally different sounds, so it doesn't really matter who your influences are.


Those are all emo-based bands....
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Oh dear :P This was my mother's response... I don't KNOW if I can sing though! The idea of singing is quite cool, but then I get ideas of starting singing and everyone being like, he's terrible, but we won't tell him... You know what I mean?


Don't worry about that. If you actually feel comfortable with the band, it won't matter. The easiest way is to sing a song and then go "wow I sound like **** don't I?" and then it's not as awkward for them because you've already admitted it. Or they will say "No, that was actually dead on note for note. You are now singer"
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Mansfield... Texas?
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Hey everyone! Sorry to bring this post back from the dead... But I still have no band! :O It just didn't seem to materialize.... My guitar teacher is looking for a drummer for me, and the friend who plays bass is still up for playing. It's just the trouble of finding a singer and getting everything together...

You legends got any tips?

It isn't hard, dude. Go to some open mic night, wait til you find a guy who sits up there with a guitar and performs alone. Therefore, he is open. Only take him in if he's got skillz, though.
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#40
if you play some of his stuff he likes he will most likely sing some of the stuff you like so your not just playing one type of music. that will be good playing on the streets or at some little gig some place
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