Piano and Keyboard lessons from Glenn Sutton in Poway and San Diego

Learning to play in a band

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Interested in learning the electric, bass or acoustic guitar? Need lessons in the Scripps Ranch or Sabre Springs area? Would you like to learn to play your favorite songs?

Contact Glenn Sutton at 619-306-3664.

There is nothing like the thrill of blending sounds into a song with other talented artists. But, while you are learning how to play, you spend most of your time solo. How do you make the conversion from one to the other?

Find both like-minded and opposite-minded mates

Many of the best bands have members from a diverse range of backgrounds, hometowns, beliefs, and approaches. This is something to be embraced, not resisted. This kind of diversity will bring uniqueness to your eventual sound. On the other hand, you need to at least be able to get along and share compatible musical styles.

Early on, you may find potential bandmates come and go fairly quickly as bandmates search for the right partners to work their craft with. This is normal; don’t settle for someone just because they can play an instrument. On the other hand, don’t have such exacting standards or such a high opinion of yourself that you never find anyone. (More about your ego below.)

Form a common vision

Are you playing for your church? Are coffee shops or renaissance fairs your sweet spot? Do you want paying gigs? Do you want to cut an album? Before you claim your name, figure this out with your band mates. Working out a common vision is almost as important a building your sound if you are looking for any kind of longevity.

As corny as it sounds, it is a good idea to have a meeting at the beginning and hash these details out. Write down a vision statement. Yes, that’s right, the same kind of thing clubs, businesses, and other organizations do. Feel free to revise and review frequently, especially early on. You’d be surprised at how much this can contribute to your group’s success.

Keep your ego in check

Many potentially great bands that broke up too early would have had longevity, wealth, and fame if they had simply considered this first. This has also happened with many of the most successful bands in history. Yes, you may have great visions and ideas for your band and its musical vision. But so can other members of your band. It’s important to at least occasionally step back and ask yourself if it is your musical ideas or your ego that are what you are really working on presenting. If conflicts begin to arise, try to find middle ground, even if it means using a moderator to work things out. In the end, go ahead and give the other person’s ideas a try. You may find it works better!

Treat it like a business

There is a common adage that you should leave the art to the artists and leave the business end of things to the businessmen. As noble and flowery as that may sound, it is also the philosophy that has bankrupted countless musicians and created irreparable rifts between band members.

Educate yourself. Learn at least the very basics of running a business (and make no mistake, your band IS a business). Learn a little bit of law while you are at it. This will not only keep more money in your band’s pockets in the long run, it will help protect you from unscrupulous people, and ensure peace of mind.

Phone Glenn Sutton at: 619-306-3664 or email: guitarman.glenn@gmail.com

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Services include:

  • Electric Guitar Lessons
  • Bass Guitar Lessons
  • Acoustic Guitar Lessons
  • Keyboard Lessons
  • Piano Lessons
  • Organ Instruction
  • Learning to Write Music
  • Advanced Improv Techniques
  • Performance Techniques



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  • Jazz
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  • San Diego
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