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(@damien-gray)
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I think being in a band would help me tremendously. However, my friends aren't into rock or jazz, and only into hip-hop. I don't know any musicians, or where to meet them.

How could I get a band together?

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(@davidhodge)
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Where (approximately) do you live? Are you in school? Do you have a job? There are all sorts of ways of contacting people - having a little more knowledge of where you're starting from would help everyone give you a better reply.

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(@damien-gray)
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I live in Queens, New York and I'm attending High School.

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(@markthechuck)
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How long have you been playing? after i'd had lessons for 5 months i put a ad on Join my band UK, looking for other players to help me progess, now we have a fully fledged band going, Just converting a garage into a small studio for us to use, You want to look for someone who plays better than you to bring you on, Put ad's everywhere you can, collage, guitar shops, internet etc, Don't feel shy or Embarrassed just go for it, The other Guitarist is now one of my best mates, Look for peeps that are into the same stuff as you, there's nothing worse than getting someone who want's you to play thrash if you like to play the blues, We have open mic's all over the place in Nottingham, that's a good place to meet fellow players, Playing with others will bring you on so much, you'll see a massive inprovement in your own playing after a while, Keep rocking... :D

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(@damien-gray)
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I've been playing since April, but due to lack of practice I'm quite horrible and cannot play any songs. I know how to play, and a bit of music theory, but I can't seem to get songs down.

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(@markthechuck)
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you'll find your probebaly better than you think, try the easy song database to get a few songs down, realisticly if you want to play with others you'll need a couple of songs down, you don't want people thinking your going to hold them back while there trying to play, that said, if you know basic chords and can move between them quick enough they can tell you what chords to play, or just play a bit of 12 bar blues so they can play over you, utube is a good way to learn songs as it's a visual lesson rather than just reading from the screen, don't be dis-heartened if people are miles better than you, you'll get there with practice, everyone struggled to put 3 chords together in the begining.

A knock back is the beginning of a comeback!!!


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(@alangreen)
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Time to print out a few of the songs from our Easy Songs Database and rattle through them as much as your can.

And there must be somewhere at school you can put up a "Musicians Wanted" as on a postcard - just specify your skill level (so Dimebag clones need not apply) and see what feedback you get. Choose people around your own skill level or a little better to play with and go for your life.

A :-)

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(@kent_eh)
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And there must be somewhere at school you can put up a "Musicians Wanted" as on a postcard
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Does your school have a school newspaper/newsletter or something like that?
Is there a students' bulletin board that you could put something up on?
Does the school have a music program (are you in it?)? Approach the music teacher, and see if they have any suggestions.

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(@markthechuck)
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Do you have lessons or anything like that? Ask in a shop they'll know the regulars, If you see someone at school with a guitar just go up to them and start talking guitar...Can you play basic chords? are you lead or rhythm?

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(@damien-gray)
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I'm definitely rhythym. I don't think I could handle being the lead guitarist. I know the basic major and minor chords, and one barre chord. I also know the 5th chords.

I haven't tried to put anything together yet, because, as I've said, I don't feel good enough to do so yet. Thanks for the advice though, and I'll definitely follow it.

My guitars:
http://damiengray.ath.cx/guitar/strat_body.jpg
http://damiengray.ath.cx/guitar/strat_and_star.jpg


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(@trguitar)
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Queens huh? Gee, not many people there ......... You should live up here ..... but if you did I could help you out. Isn't that ironic. I feel for you on the hip hop thing. I hate that crap. :x I guess I'm just old and set in my ways. Keep looking, New York City has everything .... or so I'm told. Your ready to start playing so you need to find someone that can play who is new enough that they are ready to start teaching. That would be a good band mate in my opinion.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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