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    I recently found a group of guys looking to get their jam on and I'm gonna play with them later this week to see how it goes

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    I need your advice on playing in a band setting.
    As much as you can give.

    It's been a while and I am feeling quite a bit of performance anxiety... two things that don't facilitate keeping it in the pocket, of course.
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    What exactly are you looking for?

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    "I need your advice on playing in a band setting.
    As much as you can give."

    Sorry, it's an open-ended request, but I didn't want anyone to think a story, or tip or trick, etc would be out of place. I'm not precisely sure what I am looking for, if I had all the answers, I wouldn't be asking..

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    Dial in with the bass player as quickly as possible.

    One of the guys in that group will most likely be a leader when it comes to changes in a song. Maybe it's how or when he pushes his guitar pedal down. Maybe it's how the bass player leans back before the chorus. Etc. Look to him for direction if you get lost - don't ask, just observe!

    Don't try to impress them with speed or over complicated rhythms. Play what sounds right.

    Remember that a LOT of bands need a drummer, so if it doesn't work out with them, it'll all be okay. BUT I'd expect them to get a little clingy if you have any sense of rhythm.
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    Be honestly confident by playing within your means and have fun. Also remember that when you're playing by yourself, you're playing drums, when jamming with others you're playing music. Don't confuse the 2.

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    Don't keep banging your drums or cymbals while they are trying to tune their guitars..And they are aallways tuning them things..
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    playing well with a band happens after playing with the same group of people for a while, its like being in a relationship, u kinda have to be very open minded to what people like, after a while you get comfortable with eachother and learn to relax. just dont be over zealous and go all out, but that doesn't mean to not be confident in ur abilities! other musicians dont want to see a drummers chops for the first time when a band first forms, they wanna know that u can keep time, and it comes with practice, you will be all over the place in the beginning for sure
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    go see another band and observe the drummer, he isnt doing anything to grand90% of the time. Be confident and sure of your skill and that will reflect on your playing. Have fun and enjoy the jam. It also helps if you have their set list to listen to and work on. best of luck.

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    Lock in with your bass player. Make sure you guys are tighter than a vice grip. The more you lock in with him/her the better you guys will sound.

    Quote Originally Posted by machinedrumkelly View Post
    Don't keep banging your drums or cymbals while they are trying to tune their guitars..And they are aallways tuning them things..
    YES YES YES

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    playing well with a band happens after playing with the same group of people for a while, its like being in a relationship, u kinda have to be very open minded to what people like, after a while you get comfortable with eachother and learn to relax. just dont be over zealous and go all out, but that doesn't mean to not be confident in ur abilities! other musicians dont want to see a drummers chops for the first time when a band first forms, they wanna know that u can keep time, and it comes with practice, you will be all over the place in the beginning for sure
    Well said. Make sure you yourself are comfortable. You as the drummer need to be the most open minded because every song involves you and your playing, and you are there because your band believes you can provide a backbeat for their songs and not to have a solofest.

    My own two cents:

    When you're playing with a group of people that you've never jammed with before, take the time out just to figure out what each guy likes to do. If one guitarist does really rhythmic riffs, and the bassist combines what you do and what the guitarist does, you guys will lock in and get along well. If there's someone who's a bit more creative and can put in a nice lick or two between parts, play along with it, or let him solo some. If your singer likes to go all out, make sure you guys hold off a bit and let him get the spotlight a bit. Not taking away from the rest of the band but more often than not the audience watches the singer. Good chemistry is essential in a band.
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    I know it's sorta the opposite of what we're supposed to do...but I follow the guitar player (even as a former bass player, myself).

    2 reasons really...until now...we'ver never had a bass player that was any good. So following them was a recipe for disaster. And second, I can rarely hear what the bass player is doing so it's easier to follow the guitar.

    Generally speaking though, by the time we gig I know the songs well enough that I don't need to hear anyone when we play. Which happens quite often (gigs with no mic'ing of the guitar/bass/drums) so it's up to me to know the song as if I'm playing by myself.

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    Excellent advice all around, guys. Thank you! Considering buying my lady a bass now...

    Going to go in, play steady time, keep it simple and let it grow from there..

    Got everything tuned up last night and sounding awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by marko138 View Post
    I know it's sorta the opposite of what we're supposed to do...but I follow the guitar player (even as a former bass player, myself).

    2 reasons really...until now...we'ver never had a bass player that was any good. So following them was a recipe for disaster. And second, I can rarely hear what the bass player is doing so it's easier to follow the guitar.

    Generally speaking though, by the time we gig I know the songs well enough that I don't need to hear anyone when we play. Which happens quite often (gigs with no mic'ing of the guitar/bass/drums) so it's up to me to know the song as if I'm playing by myself.
    Yeah I always see follow the bass player and usually do not say anything as it seems to be what your supposed to do as a drummer but honestly I can hardly hear him and our new bass player is very technical and is all over the place but stays within the song it sounds great but I cannot follow him most of the time so I always follow the guitars. Maybe it depends on the type of music but in rock it's kinda hard to hear the bass unless it's a bass heavy song
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    Yeah, I'm with Marko for the most part; in my band, I follow the guitarist. But maybe that's because he's my neighbor and we have a lot of just guitar/drum jams. Most of our original songs are written between the two of us. Plus, he's a very rhythmic player anyways.

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    Don't lose the tempo. Thats it, as you get more comfortable with he group then youll be willing to play like you would by yourself.
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