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Things You Need to Remember When Forming Your Own Band

by Verna  Gonzalez 0 Comments
Things You Need to Remember When Forming Your Own Band

Planning to form your own musical band? It might sound easy; all you have to do is find people who want to play music with you, and you’re good to go! But, it’s not as simple as that. There are several important aspects you need to consider. Foremost among these is the business side of forming a band, especially if you plan to go to different places to play your music. People will need to know about your band and your music, so you and your band mates should have the same mindset when it comes to this.

Here are the essential things you have to keep in mind when forming your own band.

1. Find band mates by holding auditions.

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If you do not yet have anybody in mind, the best way to find people for your band is to call for auditions. Find a good venue where the auditionees can sing and play music. Announce the auditions on traditional and social media. You may also want to post ads in different cafes and bars. Create an audition panel and start finding the right people for your band! (Don’t forget to specify your requirements when sending out the announcements for auditions.)

2. If the auditions didn’t work, scout for talents in local shows or open mic events.

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If you did not find anyone among the auditionees who fits your band needs, it’s time to move on to other venues. Scout for talents by going to local establishments that feature live musical shows. You may also want to look for talents in local shows. One of the best venues for talent scouting is open mic events.

3. Decide which genre your band will focus on.

Once you’ve completed your band members, sit down with the group and talk about what genre you are going to focus on. An ideal way of doing this is by asking each member to bring a sample of their favorite song, and then you all listen to each of the songs. This will give all of you an idea or ideas about the style that your band will adopt. Everyone in the group should agree to the genre you will pick. It has to be a mutual decision. Most of all, each band member should be comfortable playing the chosen genre.

4. Finally, decide on the look you want.

After deciding on your band’s genre, it’s time to establish your look. This should complement the type of music you will be playing. Again, sit down with the rest of the group and come up with a mutual decision.

After these four initial steps, the most practical thing to do is practice. Practice, practice, and practice!

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A Brief Discussion of the Different Types of Musical Bands

by Verna  Gonzalez 0 Comments
A Brief Discussion of the Different Types of Musical Bands

A musical band is a group that plays live music in shows, events, and several venues. You see them almost everywhere. Some bands play pure ballads, some focus on the classics, while some are good with rock music. This is because there are different types of bands.

Check out our list of the different types of musical bands, so the next time you watch and listen to one, you’ll easily identify their style.

There are only two major types of bands – the concert band and the marching band.

However, each band type has subtypes, which are usually based on the kind of music the group plays or the style of the band, or the kind of instrument that is used.

Concert Bands

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Concert bands are usually a group of individual musicians with designated tasks. There are vocalists or singers, guitarists, keyboardist, and a drummer. The most common musical instruments used by concert bands are stringed, percussion, brass, and woodwinds. Concert bands play live music in private functions like parties, weddings, and corporate events. Many of these bands also play regularly in bars, cafes, and other similar venues. There are concert bands that focus on jazz music, contemporary or modern music, R&B music, reggae tunes, rock music, and disco music.

Marching Bands

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Marching bands are considered musical bands because they provide music or musical accompaniment to particular events or activities. Examples are marching bands that walk or march in different formations while playing music. The drum major usually leads a marching band. There are also military marching bands that play music for special events of the military. Instruments used in a marching band include the bass drum, snare drums, crash cymbals, saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and tuba. These instruments are carried by the musician while walking and playing.

Since drum and bugle corps perform live music in front of an audience, they can also be considered a musical band. This band is similar to a marching band but is composed of younger musicians. Aside from the musicians, a drum and bugle corp also has color guards or flag bearers. This band performs colorful and energetic numbers during competitions. The most common instruments used as brass and percussion.

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Tips: How to Have Fun in a Concert

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Tips: How to Have Fun in a Concert

Concerts are adrenaline-pumping musical events that feature bands and individual musical artists. Every year, thousands of concerts are held all over the world. These events give you the chance to enjoy music and party with friends. Sometimes, however, especially when it’s your first time, you end up expecting too much and getting disappointed.

I was working in my kitchen this past weekend….my garbage disposal was shot.  Thinking…”Man, I had an awesome time at that concert the other night, I need to write a post on it”.  So I stopped installing my new InSinkErator disposal (which is a great disposal btw) and decided to make a list of how to have more fun at your next concert….

No worries, though, as there are simple tips that you can follow to make sure your next concert experience is a fun and memorable one.

1. The first thing you have to do is make sure that you know the artist or band performing.

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If you’re going to the concert just to be with friends, you have to brush up on your knowledge about the artist or band performing. You need to familiarize yourself with the kind of music they play. You need to know some of their songs. Going to a concert and not knowing the songs being performed is simply not right. You won’t enjoy if you cannot relate to the music!

2. Make sure you are prepared before going to the concert.

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Some concertgoers bring a bottle of water when watching these live musical shows. This is particularly the case if the concert venue is outdoors. So before you leave your home, make sure you have everything you need: aside from a bottle of water, also prepare your mobile phone & charger/powerbank, car & house keys, and camera (if you have one and plan to use it). Of course, you should also make sure that you have enough cash with you. Likewise, you might want to bring an extra shirt or blouse to change into after the concert.

3. You can drink, yes. But do not get drunk.

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While some people equate concerts with alcohol, you don’t really need it to enjoy the music – if you really like the artist or band performing. You can drink some alcohol for fun, but don’t overdo it to the point that you get drunk. Aside from the fact that you won’t enjoy the concert when you’re drunk, you’re also sure to piss off some concertgoers if you start getting rowdy or if you draw too much attention to yourself. Besides, wouldn’t you want to remember every memorable moment of your concert experience? This is something hard to do if you’re drunk.

4. Dance all your cares away.

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Have fun, sway to the music, and dance. Dance, dance, dance, and dance! You’ll find out later on just how good dancing feels!

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