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So, You Want to Be in a Band?

Posted by - 04:19 PM on 02/07/14
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is for all aspiring musicians out there.
Get out there and play as soon and as often as possible, because you’ll never be good until you start figuring out what you really sound like, and the only way to do that is to watch strangers, who don’t give a fuck about your feelings, get bored and walk away during your long, meticulous intro or guitar solo. Comedians talk a lot about how the only way to get good at standup is to bomb, and the same goes for playing rock and roll. Until you’ve tried ‘em out on other people, chances are, you THINK your ideas are way cooler than they are. Playing in front of people will slap your blinders off fast. The best crash course in songwriting is to watch the crowd when your band still sucks. That being said…
 
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05:11 PM on 02/07/14
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Awesome. Great read.
05:26 PM on 02/07/14
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So accurate. Great read.
06:35 PM on 02/07/14
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He comes off as such a goofy guy but his blogs are always very intelligent and insightful.
07:36 PM on 02/07/14
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great advice, his blog is so cool.
07:45 PM on 02/07/14
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I think this applies to a lot of things. Good piece.
08:57 PM on 02/07/14
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Too bad I won't ever be able to test this statement because my stage-fright would stop my heart before the band even played a single note... Anyway, nice read.
09:02 PM on 02/07/14
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Great read, I think everyone that ever got in the van and went on tour can relate.
09:06 PM on 02/07/14
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I'm not in a band, yet this was still interesting to read. It was cool to see how things work for a touring band.
10:00 PM on 02/07/14
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Too bad I won't ever be able to test this statement because my stage-fright would stop my heart before the band even played a single note... Anyway, nice read.
"just turn and look at the drummer with your back to the crowd" - 17 year old me

"i thought you weren't suppose to play with your back to the crowd?" - 28 year old me watching new indie bands in bars.
10:03 PM on 02/07/14
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Awesome read. I'll try to remember the not so obvious stuff if I'm ever making music.
01:27 AM on 02/08/14
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this is fantastic.
02:54 AM on 02/08/14
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Too bad I won't ever be able to test this statement because my stage-fright would stop my heart before the band even played a single note... Anyway, nice read.
The first show I ever played was spent looking down at the ground while playing guitar and singing as my hands and legs shook. I'm sure the next few shows weren't that much different. Now I think I'm most comfortable on stage, mainly because I'm doing what I love. I'd say if you're interested in making music and such, just go for it. Stage fright disappears, trust me.
04:55 AM on 02/08/14
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Too bad I won't ever be able to test this statement because my stage-fright would stop my heart before the band even played a single note... Anyway, nice read.
I used to be the same way before I realized I could let other musicians sing while I focused on instruments. If you have any proficiency in music, please don't let stage fright stop you. I've been there. Still can't give a presentation to a crowd but I can play music to them as long it's loud enough.
09:41 AM on 02/08/14
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One of the most well-spoken dudes around. Always a good read.

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