Stokely Posted December 12, 2013 Share Posted December 12, 2013 I'm a weekend casual player (though we've had more 2-gig weekends lately) so keep that in mind with my advice! Gear-wise, I'd keep things simple at least at first. You don't want to be fiddling with technical problems while you are getting used to the dynamics of being in a band. I'd buy a decent single keyboard that can cover a lot of ground--my recommendation, for rock at least, is a Kurzweil pc3 used, but I've had success with my older Motif too--and get to know it well. Buy a decent 12" powered monitor (again IMO, there are amps out there but I prefer 12" monitors); I actually own a pair of cheapies and they do get the job done but if I had it to do over again I would have bought one nicer one. Eventually you may end up not needing a stage monitor of your own all the time--I currently have in-ear monitors and the band supplies the other monitors--but I still bring one out for benefits or practice. As an aside, if you are not used to playing in a live band, it's going to be a shock how loud it is. I wish I'd gone to in-ear monitors years ago simply because they reduce the overall level. Playing gigs is a big jump from practicing or just jamming with a group. Most non-pro bands don't make the leap before fizzling in my experience. You may have to go through a few, then again you might get lucky first time! But gigs are where everything (good and bad) really ramps up! No matter how much you practice, gigs are a different animal...for one thing, you may not hear things as you are used to, and at times you have to power through issues where your brain is saying "whoa, we need to stop this train and think about it...."--nope, the show must go on. Kind of like your life after kids: the highs get higher, the lows lower, but you are rarely bored As far as finding bands, that's a whole set of threads, but don't fall into the thinking of "they would have already found a player". Players come and go from bands for a large number of reason constantly. When we were looking for guitarist, our leader was filled with despair after a couple months with no success...she'd say "we've tried everyone in the area." No, next week five good players could suddenly be looking for bands. High on my list of criteria are other musicians that want to move forward and get someplace--even if it's to the local bar--and not sit in a practice room month after month messing up the same 20 songs (yes that was my first band after a 20 year layoff)...my current band learned 10 songs for last practice and gigged 7 of them the following day, simply because everyone learned their parts and took it seriously (as you can for a casual group I guess). But other people just want to jam in a garage, and nothing wrong with that if it floats your boat! Going back to the volume thing, hopefully you also find some players that value their hearing and know how to lay off a bit...drummers are notorious for just saying "I'm a rock drummer and this is how I play!" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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