The "Secret" That Makes a Full-Band Sound Great Is The Exact Same "Secret" That
Makes an Individual Musician Sound Great!
While not for everyone, when done right, learning how to play in a band - beginner or advanced - is a great way to focus practice time into a condensed musical process that generates truly-listenable results! Compare this approach to players who are just learning a "little bit of this" and a "little bit of that" and, after years of playing, have little to show for it!
Ultimately, when we gain the basic understanding of how drums, bass, chords (guitar/piano), and melodies (soloist/singer) all work together to accomplish the full-band sound, we are then well-on-our-way to making music in simple, clear-minded, skillful, and creative ways that become great fun for both listeners and players alike!
What this all boils down to is, I now know what one must focus upon and practice in order to make music, and the formula happens to be much simpler and much more inviting than most people realize!
Then And Now
Soon after starting to learn guitar, I bought a used four-track recorder from a local musician and started to make my own "full-band" recordings - they sounded truly awful! lol But, compare them, now, to the "still-not-perfect" full-band recordings that I am making nowadays and you are going to certainly understand that I have grown tremendously! Seeing and hearing the difference, for me, is a lot of fun! What this all boils down to is, I now know what one must focus upon and practice in order to make music, and the formula happens to be much simpler and much more inviting than most people realize!
Maybe you are a musician who would like to get more musically involved with a local band project and/or my virtual band project, or maybe you are just starting out on guitar and would like to this use band-centric approach in order to learn how to make music the simple and fun way! To do so, I propose that you choose a song from my growing playlist (a simplified list for beginners can be used) and that we take four weeks to learn, in ways not-complicated, as much as you would like to learn about:
Warning: The Following Might Come Across As "Too Complicated", But Remember... On this Playlist, I Am The One Who Recorded All Of The Parts - Accept For Drums - And I Used Only Very Simple Concepts To Create The Full-Band Effect. This Means That I Can Help You Begin To Understand Music In Simple, And Therefore Usable, Terms As Well!
1) The Underlying Groove
2) The Bass-Level Groove and Harmony
3) The Basic Form and Chordal Structure
4) The Melody (Including Solos) In Terms Of Rhythm and Relationship To Harmony
5) Additional Elements And Concepts That Add To The Performance/Recording
6) Tips For How To Create Your Place In The Band - From Part Selection To How To Blend Into The Mix
7) And More!
Then, "The Proof Of The Pudding Is In The Eating"
At this point in our journey, the best way to measure musical progress, and figure out what needs to be learned and practiced next, is to record and evaluate! In this band-centric learning process, recording is a very important element (See Recording Can Drive Us Mad - Here's Why To Do It Anyway). The act of recording, among other benefits, really invites us to push for our best work, and this is one of the shining moments when we really learn to become musical. Once we have your recording in hand (I will provide the backing track and you can keep your recording just between us if preferred ) we will know what to work on in order to make further improvements!
This personalized, one-on-one, course is available via FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Google-Hangout, etc, and scheduling can be flexible.
If you are interested in learning further details, feel free to click this Email Link and we’ll start a conversation.