Is about playing together, getting along and having fun. Being a great musician is good, but unless you are a Jimmy Page and in constant demand, then it’s really more important, when playing in a music band, to know how to work with a group of people and get along, be able to trade idea’s and have some fun.
Some musicians are the, my way is the only way type, making your life miserable and a little more difficult. Working with a good team can be real good and very rewarding. When you pull off that near perfect gig together and then reflect after the show, it’s a feeling that always gets to me. The team effort from everyone is what makes playing in a music band rewarding.
Associating with people outside your band is very important. Get to know your bartenders because if they like you, they can be a big promoter of yours, and also the owners (the ones with the cash) and your patrons and followers (the ones that are there to watch you). Always try to find out what kind of bar or establishment it is, so you know what king of genre it is before your get there so you are prepared. At your breaks, talk to the people, and treat them as friends. Your audience will notice not only your music but also your demeanor and the way you socialize with them. It is great to get that reward of your audience liking your music but when you hear that they also think you are also just a nice bunch of guys, then you can say that playing in a music band is really worth it.
Practice is time, but very rewarding. If you want to get that feeling, practice!! With the internet and all the magazines today, there are a number ways to learn new things. Online programs are one of the best learning tools, because you can learn and watch on your own time whenever you want. Magazines have all kinds of great articles and also the cheap guitars today are very playable and an excellent value. It does not cost a lot of money to get started playing in a music band. “So belly up to the bar”, as they say, and get that first guitar and an online lesson program and get started today. So practice, practice, practice, if you aren’t making mistakes you’re not learning.
When playing in a band, there’s more to learning a song than working out the chords, solos and lyrics. It is all about the feeling, whether a song is easy or hard Know what the songs are about, and tell the story.
You have everything you need at your disposal to create the feeling, and make each song unique. Effects are OK for short periods; subtle effects are good for long periods. I am partial on this as I play in an acoustic band and like the clean sound. Using a little reverb and chorus on the vocals is fine.
Always Remember that playing in a music band is a team effort and nobody is to blame. Don’t be upset or put blame if your audience does not dance or if they do not applaud. Do not blame if you do not get asked back, because it could be list of different things. Do not blame other band members if something goes wrong or a mistake is made, because it does happen from time to time and ends up just creating tension which you do not need at a gig. Do not blame anyone for equipment problems or the way it sounds in the monitors or mains, because everyone is trying to do their best. All of these things will happen and putting the blame on anyone will just make everything worse. All of these things can be solved in a positive manner that also can be a learning experience for the next show or even learning a new song.
It is all about the fun and enjoyment, the chances are good that you are having fun or you would not be doing it. One of the biggest things in showing your audience you’re having fun, is looking at them and making eye contact and maybe even give them a little smile, its ok. If you’re have fun, so will the people around you and you will feed off of their energy and they will feed off yours and that makes for a successful show. The practices should be fun because you’re getting together with the band and friends for some socialization, to talk about songs, learning new ones or just thinking about how playing in a music band is what you always wanted to do. Having fun just pushing yourself to be better at what you love to do.