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Etiquette of Quitting a Band

A few months ago I had to quit the band I was in. I was newest member of a 4 piece cover band that wanted to make originals and I was there for a year. It's a long story, but came down the band was ...
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Why are there many guitarists, but only one drummer in a band?

In a band, there will be many guitarists. However, there will always be only one drummer. Why can't there be more than one drummer in a band? Are there any cultural or musical reasons behind it or ...
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What is the difference between a “band” and an “orchestra”

Growing up, my father listened to big band music. These bands are usually referred to as "Glenn Miller and his orchestra" Or "Paul Schaeffer and the CBS Orchestra". Is it that an orchestra has ...
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How do you determine if you're ready to join a band?

I've been pondering joining a band for some time now, but I usually get stalled at deciding whether or not I should spend more time learning to play first. I don't want to go through potential ...
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Teaching Bandmates to Count

I started out as a classically trained guitarist and spent my high school years playing bass in a (school) jazz ensemble, so I have some (limited) formal musical training. Playing rhythm in Jazz ...
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How to sing better in a band situation?

The singer in my band can sing very well. When he is singing by himself playing an acoustic guitar he sounds great. However when put into a situation where he is singing with a full band (ie: studio ...
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Why do jamming musicians “trade fours” (rather than any other number)?

I've run across the idea of "trading fours" when playing in (and listening to) jazz groups; i.e. where two or more musicians take it in turns to play four bar licks or solos. I understand that it can ...
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How to play together online?

We had a band of musicians but unfortunately, my partners went abroad for further studies. Currently we're far away. We want to meet at some time in a week and play together online. We've tried Skype ...
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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing guitar for nearly four years and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums and our two cousins play guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted to do ...
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Stucturing Rock Band Practices

Background I recently took over as lead singer of an alt rock band. Around the same time, we lost our guitarist due to a move, and our bassist and keyboardist decided to leave at the same time. We ...
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Why should my band learn music theory?

I recently started a band that plays a mixture of blues, rock, and funk. I am the only one in the trio that knows any music theory. Can someone tell me how to explain to my band members that they ...
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Should a new band seek every possible opportunity to play or just work towards a few big shows?

My band had its debut show a couple weeks ago. The guitarist and singer and I (bass) have been playing together for a year plus, and we started playing with a new drummer in July. I'm really excited ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

We have small band of four people(vocals+guitar, bass, drums and trumpet). It is our hobby, if it matters. I am trumpeter and the most recent(half a year) member of a band. We rehearse every week and ...
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What are some practical tips to easily change tunings on stage?

I realize this requires having multiple guitars. I'm personally aiming to use 3 different and diverse tunings for my band, but my bassist seems to differ. Obviously I'm gonna buy more guitars. :) He ...
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What are the key points for holding effective auditions?

So I am about to embark on holding auditions to fill out the rest of a line up for a blues band. What can I do to ensure the best chance of acquiring the best musicians for the job? I have plenty of ...
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How can I use a trumpet in a pop rock band?

We need to arrange several pop rock songs. The band has vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. In addition, we add a trumpet. Do you have any idea, method or example of ...
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Outdoor evening gigs and humidity/dew impact on gear

I was playing an outdoor gig in North Texas last Saturday evening, and about halfway thru I lost what seemed to be about 50-75% of my volume level in my amp (Marshall AS100D, playing a Jumbo Takimine ...
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Finding bandmates in a new city

I'm a young drummer that moved to Los Angeles. How do I find bandmates? I've tried posting and replying to ads on Craigslist and am going in circles. Most, not all, have been flaky or are into a very ...
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Playing Piano in a Big Band / Chordal Accompaniments

I play piano in a jazz band and I've been learning piano for about 8/10 years now. The type of music I'm talking about here is mainly swing music. What are some good techniques/practices for ...
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How do you count many bars of silence (rests)?

Playing in a jazz band there are often 5,6 or 8 bars of silence. This is no problem as I can count them on my fingers. But how do I count larger rests, for example 52, 112 or even longer rests, as in ...
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Keeping a drummer in time with my keyboard

I'm a keyboard player in a party band, and I'd love to be able to use the kind of loop-delay sounds so common on modern processed recordings to fill out the sound. However, I face the immediate ...
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How are Band Scores and Piano Scores Similar or Different?

There are two sites I'm looking at that for a the same music book (same ISBN), one lists it as a 'band score' and the other a 'piano score'. I want to buy music for the piano, so if it's really a ...
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Alternatives to Marching with Bassoon

Situation: I am currently a bassoon player, and I am in marching band. I have marched only once with the bassoon before, and I know that the bassoon is both unsafe and impractical for marching. After ...
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Band rehearsal: how to prepare for suboptimal monitoring conditions?

Some friends formed a group. They sound really good at rehearsals, and they all are solid musicians. The problem is that when they play for an audience, the live conditions change every time, ...
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What is a trill?

Years ago, my piano teacher taught me that a trill is when you play the note written and the note a half-step higher (for example, if the note was D, you would play E flat), alternating between them ...
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Counting off anacruses (pick up measures)

I'm in an informal and fluctuating ensemble that gets together every year to do some holiday songs. We don't have a formal leader, and we're all pretty inexperienced with playing with others. Sometime ...
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In a Rock/Blues band who dictates the groove?

The song is Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The song sounded out of sync and rushed when we were playing it. I play guitar and try to lay back and play behind the beat, but should the bass player play ...
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Acoustic guitar as solo guitar in a band

I play acoustic guitar (with a magnetic pickup through an acoustic amp) in a band that also has drums, bass and an electric guitar. I mostly keep the rhythm with chords (I am an amateur in guitar, ...
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How to maximize band rehearsal time?

So, I've been playing in bands for a while now, sometimes with people who have PhDs in music performance, sometimes with people who only play by ear. Regardless of the level of professionalism, I ...
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How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?

I have read a lot of advice on how to mix live performances and recording of bands. I have learned about making sure instruments are isolated in their frequency ranges during performances so that each ...
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What instruments are asked for in this original Sousa score?

This answer by @NReilingh inspired me to trawl the web looking at Sousa music. Feeling that the clarity of orchestration contributes a significant amount to this music, I was pleased to find this ...
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Having trouble locking into another drummer's groove while playing rhythm guitar and singing

So, I can play drums and guitar fine rhythmically (not a master but can keep time), but am having a lot of trouble locking into another drummer's groove while playing rhythm guitar and singing. FYI I'...
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Another word for shots

I've been googling for the last 2 minutes and I just can't come up with anything that talks about "shots". Maybe this is a local Toronto term. Here's the definition as I understand it. A shot is when ...
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Trumpet playing causes pain in right cheek, constant problem. I'm looking for a way to prevent this?

I'm a Grade 11 trumpet player in both my school's Wind Ensemble (concert band) and Jazz band. I consider myself playing trumpet more or less seriously since Grade 9, but I've had minor experience ...
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Cheaper Rehearsals - Regular Practicing

Most bands / solo artists seem to be skint so where are they practising / rehearsing? (Especially if you need to be practising twice a week or more, and can't practice at home) Studio prices don't ...
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Church band practice [closed]

My band is a new church band, I would like to know what are some of the things we can do, like exercises to improve playing together in terms of groove, rhythm and genres.
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Is it ok to release a demo EP with average quality on Spotify?

My rock band was recording a Demo EP with a friend of a member of the band. This friend lost his job and house and left the country before he had a chance to mix and master the tracks. And he didn't ...
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How should I practice mallet percussion?

I'm in a local band and have been recently promoted to a new level. The music is a lot harder, so I'm not sure how I've practiced it before is still effective. Here's how I practiced before: Play ...
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Piano Conductor & Accordion Guide

I've been puzzled at why in some of our big band charts, the piano part is labelled "Piano (Conductor) & Accordion Guide". Our keyboardist tried, for a laugh, choosing an accordion patch on his ...
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How to create guitar tabs with similar notation to Japanese Band Scores?

In Japan, so called バンドスコア (Band Scores) are widely available, showing multiple parts for vocals, guitar, bass and drums. An example can be found in the image on this question or see below: As you ...
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Release a new album with a new band

I want to eventually release an album with my band. We have written the songs and the lyrics but where do we go from here? It could be useful to play the songs together but I'm wondering about "how ...
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Should I play in a concert band or orchestra?

I highly enjoy music, and would like to know what would be better to play in if I do not have any real preference for any genre (I listen to rock the most often and I am the most familiar with it, but ...
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Can 2 Trumpet players be in a brass band?

I want to create a brass band with my friends at school. My friend is less experienced than me in playing the trumpet so I am the one who is most likely to do it. But my friend really wants to be part ...
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Why is touring Japan a big deal?

This is a question to all the rockers but why is touring Japan seen as such a big milestone in a band's career? Is it often just that it is a bands first big tour outside their home country or is ...