The definition of a “Band” is the coming together of a few people (generally friends, class mates, colleagues) who practice their art together in order to make it good enough for themselves and an audience.
All the great bands – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ABBA, Bee Gees, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, Backstreet Boys, Eagles, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, U2, One Republic – started small, in a garage or a small room, with probably just 2 guitars, a drum, a keyboard and a vocalist.
The members of the great bands had the urge to spend hours together practising, composing and playing music together for many years, while producing and performing music that drives people crazy even decades and centuries later. These were not musicians who had aristocratic musical training like Mozart, Beethoven or Stravinsky. They were more the “aam aadmi” that wanted to express their emotions without any rules and laws in ordinary everyday language; not the ‘uppity’ intellectual kind. However, they rocked the world and they still do.
The term “Rock-N-Roll” was used earlier in the days of Elvis Presley. The word “Roll” got dropped and “Rock continued”. Rock came to include everything after the first golden age of Rock – British Invasion, Girl Groups, Motown, Greenwich Village, Psychedelia / Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Progressive, Rock, Soul, R&B / RnB / Rhythm and Blues, Punk, New Wave, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Alternative, Rap,…..
So when you want to call something a “Rock Band”, don’t get too hung up on definition. It could include even a Piano, a Violin, and an Opera Singer today – anything that has the energy and the beat, and that creates the energy to make the players / musicians and the listeners / audience go wild!
Let me tell you a true story. I knew of a highly talented young lad named Johnny who knew just two chords on his guitar. He could sing very well. He did not have much education. I do not think he had even passed the 10th standard when I first met him. He had the makings of a star, but lacked musical knowledge and education. All he wanted to do was to become a professional singer and a band member. With all my knowledge and education in music, I advised him to study and get into mainstream education or to learn music professionally. However, Johnny just strummed and strummed his guitar, and sang and sang the whole day long, dreaming and imagining his future.
Many years passed. Johnny then had a break. He learnt music in one of the former U.S.S.R. / Soviet republics. I met Johnny after many, many years. He is now based in Kazakhstan, is a part of a very successful band, earning his living well and quite well to do in life.
I have met and have known many others who tried like Johnny, but never made it either in music or in any other profession. Most youngsters dream to be stars as it appears very glamorous and cool; but only a few can make it. You will never know until you have a go. However, you should take a calculated risk.
Advise: Start well, learn intensively, practise hard, evaluate yourself and your success, have fun playing win the band. Make some money before thinking of making this your career. Perform in public and test out the potential of the magic. Then immerse yourself completely, giving it your 100%.
The best bands who had the magic were willing to give it everything they had – The Beatles, Rolling Stone, etc to name a few. There are millions of people who are talented, but only a few can become stars.
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Join Lorraine Music Academy and we will short circuit the process of being a part of a band, helping you find the MAGIC IN YOU, and to live in the magic of the music you perform, whether you are a star or not. THAT IS SUCCESS!!!