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tom9437

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Hi all i hope you are all well???? Q. How do i know when i am ready to have a go with a band ?? i want to join a local big band{kind of thing} but how does one know when he can read fast enough play fast enough, ect i live in peterborough. thanks Tom.:sax:
 

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Believe me - if you go along and find you aren't quite up to speed, it's the biggest incentive you could have to go away and work a bit harder and then knock 'em out next time! There's nothing to be lost by having a go.
 

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Believe me - if you go along and find you aren't quite up to speed, it's the biggest incentive you could have to go away and work a bit harder and then knock 'em out next time! There's nothing to be lost by having a go.
Warning -this approach can need quite a thick skin, many a player (myself included) has gone to an event slightly above their standard and come away totally demoralized....
 

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Hi all i hope you are all well???? Q. How do i know when i am ready to have a go with a band ?? i want to join a local big band{kind of thing} but how does one know when he can read fast enough play fast enough, ect i live in peterborough. thanks Tom.:sax:
I think I've always known how good I am and whether I should play in a band. :w00t:
 

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Big bands can be a good first band to play in. There's usually so much going on that it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb if you get lost and drop out for a bit, as long as you're not on a lead part. You also often find some, err, interesting characters in big bands.
 

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Warning -this approach can need quite a thick skin, many a player (myself included) has gone to an event slightly above their standard and come away totally demoralized....
Having seen Fat 45, I cannot believe this can ever have happened to you Jools

:)
 

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I'm rubbish but I lurve playing in a band and 6 months on I now get very nice comments - pick the tunes you play carefully and aim to "add to" rather than "take over" is my mantra.
Got bloomin you tubed again at Tuesday shed practise - very un-nerving I can tell you.
 
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Sue

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Tom, I'd say if you can find a band locally contact them and explain that you're inexperienced but keen and want to improve. Go along and sit in on rehearsals - the other players will be willing to help you out and offer advise. Play what you can and listen to the band whilst following your dots if you can't keep up to begin with. One thing is for certain - you will definitely improve if you do join a band and you have the commitment to practice. Very best of luck.
 

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Hi all i hope you are all well???? Q. How do i know when i am ready to have a go with a band ?? i want to join a local big band{kind of thing} but how does one know when he can read fast enough play fast enough, ect i live in peterborough. thanks Tom.:sax:
You don't. You have to go along and do your best. Listen to the advice of fellow players. As has been mentioned, if you lose your place try to follow the music until you find a re-entry point. Bum notes are not usually a problem in biggish bands, at least during practice sessions, but keeping time is so concentrate on that.

All the players in a band had to start at some point, now may be your time.

Cheers

Martin
 

Mikec

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Another approach is to find yourself some other players of a similar standard and outlook and play with them. Nothing quite so formal as forming your own band, just get a few friends together to play. It's much less stressful than struggling to play stuff you don't know well. As Jules said that can be very demoralizing. Conversely, it can bring you on in leaps and bounds. I think the real answer is to have a go; if it doesn't work don't flog yourself over it, practice more and try again in a year or so.
 

Moz

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Another approach is to find yourself some other players of a similar standard and outlook and play with them. Nothing quite so formal as forming your own band, just get a few friends together to play. It's much less stressful than struggling to play stuff you don't know well. As Jules said that can be very demoralizing. Conversely, it can bring you on in leaps and bounds. I think the real answer is to have a go; if it doesn't work don't flog yourself over it, practice more and try again in a year or so.

But surely playing with a new group of 'similar standard' players, they would ONLY play the tunes they know. Without someone to push, inertia reigns.

Again though, just try it.

Martin
 

Mikec

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But surely playing with a new group of 'similar standard' players, they would ONLY play the tunes they know. Without someone to push, inertia reigns.

Again though, just try it.

Martin
It's entirely possible to push yourself and each other and move forward together in easily manageable steps. It's easy to decide to play at least one new tune each time, for instance, and choose one that advances by a small or large increment. Throwing yourself into a completely unknown and very advanced situation isn't the ONLY way to do it, though it may work for some at some time.
 
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