Just a few notes and ideas for anyone that is interested. If you used to play in a band or you want to play in a band, a good start is an organization called Weekend Warriors. Ellaways Music used to run this program in Brisbane but now have ceased. Check the web site for a location near you.
They have an intake every few months or so and match up a lead player with a rhythm player, a bass player and a drummer. Each band has a coach and they choose five or so songs and work on them as a band to perform at a concert at the end of their course. Ken and Ray did this course to hook up with a bass player and a drummer and that's where we met Ray Baxter, our bass player, so the system works.
Some people say it's a lot of bullshit if you just want to play music, but being in a band is about the band and not about you. This piece of information can be a pain in the rear end to your average child prodigy or musical genius but unfortunately it is a truth they will learn the hard way. So if you are up for a challenge give Weekend Wariors a call and plug into a group of people who daydream about the same stuff as you do. Weekend Warriors programs are run in most major cities - so check it out where you go to buy that guitar pick for a dollar after you've asked the salesman to let you play his latest USA strat.
Just a word of warning when you get to choosing your band members. If you have a choice between the guy who is a superior musician and never wants to let you forget it and the guy who is an average musician but gets along great with the other band members, it's a no brainer. Go with the guy that fits in, not the "prima donna." He's a self made man that worships his creator. You don't need him.
Watch this space and I guess Kenny and I will add little gems of wisdom as they occur to us !!!
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