Go the extra mile
Where to look
- Classified ads
your local newspaper, music papers, internet classifieds,
- Bulletin boards
music stores, record shops, drum shops, talent agencies
- Live bands networking!
Go out, meet, and interact with live groups. This is one of
the best ways to learn about whos looking for who.
- Talent agencies
get to know the people who work in these places. They can
sometimes help you find a suitable band or at the very least,
pass the word along.
- Union The Musicians
union is a good place to find certain types of work. Great
contacts can be made as well.
- Music studios
Stay in touch with the people behind the scenes at your recording
studios. They are recording all your friends and know whos
- Jam sessions
Jam sessions are a bit more popular in larger towns, but when
you can find them, they are valuable music networking havens!
LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED!
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How to Audition
- Initial contact
be friendly and professional. Dont oversell yourself
but be confident and assertive. Find out what they are looking
for in a musician and determine whether or not you fit the
- Know the material better
than anyone else! This is the key to a successful
audition. If you know the tunes better than anyone else (assuming
you play them with feeling and with good time) you will probably
get the gig.
- Be personable.
The second most important criteria in getting a gig is how
well the other members of the band think they might be able
to get along with you. Be friendly, but be yourself. People
can usually see through facades.
Keeping the Gig
- Attitude Its
even more important after getting the gig to be cooperative
and extremely diplomatic. You will have opinions, but try
and not be to forceful with them. Keep a positive attitude
and you will have respect from the other players.
- Stay current
Stay on top of the new tunes that come out in the genre of
the music youre playing. Know whats happening!
- Be professional
Be on time, keep yourself and your equipment in good shape,
and play every night like youre making $1000 instead
of $50. Wear a smile and act like youre having a good
night even if you arent.
- Improve on your instrument
Consistently try and better yourself, learn the newest
techniques, the difficult songs, read all the magazines, etc.
Be a strong force in the group.
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