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Auditioning For Your New Band

And How Not To Make Everyone Mad

Ok, for some of us this part is easy. We already know the drummer, guitarist(s), bassist, or keyboards, so we can skip on to the next part. But for most of us, we don’t have the option of the friends from school to pick from. So, this list is for the rest of us.

Consider your genre.

Have a good sound system that you can at least run the vocals through, and make sure you have a CD or MP3 player hooked to it. Make sure that while running at full tilt on the drums, you can still hear the music playing.

At this point I would also like to say that it is real handy to record each part separately. Look into putting microphones at the amps and miking the drums or if you can afford to, get some DI or Direct Boxes(Direct Injection Boxes).

Put each instrument onto it’s own part of the recording so you have a back up should any of the band be sick during rehearsals. Just punch in where they would be and play.

When working toward picking your members, try to keep in mind your schedule goals. Don’t have a schedule in mind yet… Shame on you. Well, kinda. It’s important to stay focused on what you want to do with your band, unless you just want to play a in a garage for the remainder of your band’s lifespan.

How soon will you be ready to gig?

How often should you practice?

Do they practice the parts at home? Should they?

Do they have an “I’m better than you” attitude? Are they the opposite?

Do they have an ability other than music that will come in real handy with other facets of the band’s business? (web design, sales, electronics repair…)

Do they have computers at home? Are they web savvy?

Are they committed to emails and chat rooms?

How many people follow them at facebook, Twitter, MySpace, FriendFeed, BeBo or YouTube?

And there are more you can add to that I’m sure, now that I have your juices flowing. But consider how much of a friend base following this person already has. Potential fans? Very possible.

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