Following the 2 ways to create a music group here come the very fundamental and not to ever forget imperative 3 Rules about playing together in a music group.
3 Rules about playing together in a music group
kind of unwritten but binding
Rule number 1
1. When you play in a group, it goes without saying that you have to listen to the others. No Prima Donna in chamber music!
Your playing is of service for the overall outcome which is so much more than just a few people coming together. When everyone is feeling the same energy and communicating it, magic starts to happen. It doesn’t matter anymore, whether you are the best there is on your instrument or not.
Whether a note cracked, no one cares, as long as your playing is communication and contribution.
This truly is what the audience perceives. When everyone with the same idea, being inspired and inspiring the others, when it is an ongoing give-and take, it becomes an art. The people who come to listen to concerts usually wait for that moment.
It will take them up and let them be. Feeling of beauty and freedom. The flow state or forever box, or being in the zone.
Whatever you call it. If there is more than one person feeling it, it gains so much momentum, it becomes irresistible.
Rule number 2
2. Be on time and be prepared. The rehearsal is not to study the parts. That should be done at home.
When playing together the rehearsal is not about your part. You should already know it and have also written on your music which instrument enters where and when you are accompanying or leading. This should already be very clear.
Because different ideas of the music have to come together, be experimented with and finally share one overall idea of the piece of music. That is why we rehearse.
Rule number 3
3. Be generous with compliments
and only ever express positive constructive criticism. Even better when put into a question.
The best are the humblest of all and full with praise to others. Do not judge and always try to improve. You can learn from everyone. And they can learn from you. The group is so much more than a linear addition of people. A musical group is fire and can grow exponentially!!
What if I want to play in a band?
My fortunate readers can thus look it up by following this link
The big difference is that you should express the general wish to play somewhere, but not ask the band of your choice.
Follow them, go to their concerts, compliment them and tell them you play too. If there is a possibility to play with them, they will ask you!
This can be a good way to enter existing chamber music groups and chamber orchestras as well.
So look it up and see how they do it down under, my friends ——–> tips on playing in a band.
3 Rules about playing together in a music group are simple
if you have those 5 things sorted out
Make sure you have 5 things in place –
if you want to create a music group that lasts or play in one
1. A music stand that is suitable for the situation.
To help you pick one, I have written this article —> portable music stands
2. Magnets and instrument holders are very important and professional looking too.
So be sure to check them out! Here is what I use —-> power magnets.
3. Be sure to bring enough food and water. You can’t be of help and a good colleague if you are starving or thirsty.
To enhance performance with the right food have a look here ——> food for musicians.
Rehearsing is energy costing and you will have to sleep enough to recover. Your brain will thank you for that!
Some ideas on how to do that ——-> sleep to enhance performance.
4. Have one spare instrument
if yours is down for reparation or maintenance. It is very unprofessional to cancel a rehearsal because your instrument need a work over. For a cheap spare flute you can have a look here
5. Don’t forget to protect your ears. They are your basic fundamental instrument to be a good musician and enjoy it.
So check out my advice on professional ear plugs as well! —–> ear plugs.
If you still haven’t found a band, check out Aussiemuso’s rules ——> here.
Should you be looking for classical chamber music groups look at my two ways to get there–> right here.
Now, rules and unwritten laws, but above all,
have fun and share one of the most beautiful things in the world: MUSIC.