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    To clarify, the name everyone calls me is Ben. It's a nickname I got when I was 17, and it just kind of stuck. I also like it a lot more, haha. Anywho, I just joined a few minutes ago. I've been looking around for a way to both Promote my music, and meet like minded musicians. I started 'composing' about 9 years ago with electronic music, but slowly worked up the confidence to write my own Rock/Metal tunes. I tend to dabble across the boar din terms of genre, but it's out of sheer enjoyment to learn new styles. I upload stuff semi-regularly, may it be an experiment or a full blown track demo. All links to my Soundscloud, Bandcmap, etc. can be found at The3rdTausk.net. That's about it! So, Hey! What's up?
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    It is also supporting the chorus being about flying. Cheers Gary
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    I like it (I heard the second version), the thing I thought as I listened, a tad more of a change up musically in the "and will the spider's listen" part. But that's probably a preference thing. Good tune going for sure
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    Blues Jams, Open Mics There's where you find your talent pool. Even if you are personally not into the blues and don't want to form a blues band per say Blues Jams can be the right venue too seek out others where... They get a chance to hear you play and you get a chance to hear them play. Even if you aren't the greatest blues player on the planet going up on stage and playing a few covers with the band establishes you. No one is going to approach you or simply take your word that you have the goods until you prove yourself. It also separate the wheat from the chaff if you can see that someone is competent capable and committed performing live so that you don't have to screen after the fact. Back in the 90's I (my band) hosted blues jams as well as performed at various "hip" places performing both covers and originals. I started off as a jammer and the band liked me enough that I got to join them on a full time basis. During that time I was often approached by others wanting me to join them in projects. Aside from my playing skills one of the things they would instantly notice about me was my ability to work with others. That's also key. If you want to form a band you have to learn how to work with others rather than simply dictate demands that you expect them to follow blindly. It's also helpful if you develop a personal relation with them. It's a band, bandmates are team members who are doing it for themselves as much if not more than you. First scout for open mic / jam nights. Don't go out with the intent that you are going to land a band mate by simply introducing yourself. Watch, listen, be respectful of the performers. Take time to approach one of the house band members (not always the singer) and acknowledge them. Don't make it about you. Make it about them. Don't blindly compliment them for the sake of having something to say. Be specific. (I really liked your work on "X" song) or compliment them on their rig. It's a scouting mission for the venue. You'll want to know what the routine is. What songs they usually play with jammers. Write down the setlist for the night and take it home to study. Find a few songs that the band knows which are not perennial favorites of the regulars or the band likes to perform by themselves. When you go... Bring a friend. Drink. Tip Well. Be on good terms with the bartender / cocktail waitress. The bar hosts open jam nights for money. The waitresses and the bartenders are friendly with the band. Being a jerk is not acceptable. Don't bring a jerk with you. The Staff and the Band are on friendly terms. If you or your friend are not civil it will get around to the band members and the regulars. Nobody likes an asshat. If they don't like you the band skip your name on the sign up sheet. The regulars will know as well. And you can pretty much kiss any hopes of gaining band members good bye. Don't approach jammers until you go back and perform. They don't know you and they don't owe you. I can't begin to tell you how many times I'd get no ones approaching me to play with me even though they had no visible/audible skills to offer back. If you haven't been on stage yet there all you are doing is hassling the regulars. Enjoy the show. Don't sit there with your phone in your face or arms folded judging everyone on stage. Acknowledge that it takes a lot of courage to go on a stage where you've never performed before. Don't be a pisser to the performer. The band will hear you, the other jammers will hear you and what may be an indirect lead to someone else may vanish in the haze. You don't have to stay the entire night but you should at least listen to a few jammers before you leave. Get your six songs down in the key the house band performs them in. Don't argue that it wasn't the original key. Many singers perform better in certain keys than others. The band has already worked out the song in that key. Be respectful of the house band. Be professional about learning the songs whether you like them or not. Be able to perform them without aid of a computer screen or paper. It's not Karaoke Night. When you are ready to perform. Show up early before the band begins and sign up. Wait your turn. Enjoy the show. It's the bands stage not yours. When the performer that came before you is done don't rush the stage. Give them a moment to enjoy their moment in the sun. If you play a stringed instrument (guitar/bass) bring it. Don't expect someone to hand over their guitar to you. Some shows have a strict policy regarding using their equipment and their equipment only. No one wants to wait for you to set up and if something isn't setup properly it could kill someones amp. Perform your best for the sake of the song, not your ego. Play with the band not against them or past them. No one will give you your due as a composer/arranger if your live performance playing doesn't hold up. Complete your set come rain or shine. Be someone who shows commitment and follow through. Be gracious to the band when if you get some applause. If you bomb. You'll have to decide if getting a band together is really worth all the effort. Sometimes even though the audience is polite it can be very unnerving on your confidence. Don't give up. Go back to the woodshed and then when you are ready try again. I know I've been there. Many jammers and professionals have been there as well. The difference is they picked themselves up and got back on the horse. If you go back after picking yourself up, better prepared the audience (which is usually filled with jammers) and the band will notice. They'll be happy for you. You don't have to be great, you just have to be good. Don't stare at the musicians hands on stage and think to yourself "I could do that better" or "Wow that's cool and better then I'll ever be" or "That person has a great technique, I'm going to mimic it" What does that earn you? A seat at the table in the community of songwriters and musicians. A reputation of being a reliable hardworking and likeable individual of which to collaborate with. There are vast differences between wish want and need. I wish I could win the lottery. But if I won't even commit to playing I'll never win anything. Even playing the odds are stacked against me. I want to write and record songs that are all about me..... Great learn some instruments get a daw find some nice plugins and learn how to write arrange perform and mix. No one else wants to devote themselves to a project of which from there is no value to them. Paid session musicians play for pay. It doesn't matter how much they love the music that you've written but haven't recorded. Bands form to play. When you gather a band they will need to be interested in your musical direction and feel like they are part of a team. What it doesn't earn you is instant gratification of having other people work on a project that's all about you recording a song. No one half competent wants to work for you for free recording just because you say you have a great idea for a song. Where is the benefit in it for them? I know it seems like a lot of work. Guess what nothing great ever came without hard work behind it and much of that work cultivating the idea and assembling the people to make it a reality may seem extraordinary. During my time with Hit "n" Run we played out a lot. I would constantly get offers from bands looking for a temporary or full time replacement in other bands. I'd also get parties interested in me recording them (for pay as I'm also a recording engineer with a diploma from a reputable school) and a session musician. The only time I didn't play for play was working my way up in jam sessions. Or when I'd casually play for friends and family. It was important for me to be part of the scene. It was also helpful when I was songwriting and wanted / needed a band to record and perform the songs that I'd written. No it wasn't the neural implant technology that made the band perform the song exactly as I'd thought of it. In many cases the song actually turned out better due to the input of the band members. What do your really want/need and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to make that a reality? Otherwise your only options are craigslist ads
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    I haven't read any comments so hopefully this is a fresh perspective. I like this quite a bit. Has a kind of updated 80s feel to it. A few comments / observations for you to kick or keep. The opening piano sound could use a little more definition. The vocals seem hesitant and off rhythm in places. I think this can work with more attention to detail and method (develop a left field process). I think the song is a touch too fast and bright. Try 3 - 5 bpm slower and transpose to a lower key. This will emphasize the melancholy quality. The low end is barely present and needs much more attention. I would even try taking it down an octave. I think it could be more interesting than just supporting the rhythm. In fact, it might be an interesting focal point to set off with the vocals so that there is an anchor for the imagination. Best of luck with this. I always enjoy listening to your work.
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    Hey-ho, Ben. Welcome. David
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    I actually practice and write on acoustic much more than electric. Well, I slept in this morning, but I had time to do one take of an acoustic and then add some woodblocks, shaker, and tambourine. It would be more of a bossa nova feel:
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    The intro is too long and I would have changed the song. I think you need a bigger drum... I wasn't kidding about that timpani! And I think especially when the synth comes in, if you had a hit on every other 1, it would give it some impact and roundness. That being said, definitely keep the 2 and 4 going... but maybe with with a triangle or something more delicate? Oh! I think the chorus is appropriate... is that harp I hear? Brilliant. (Did I just hear a door open? put that at the beginning of the song!!!!) If that is indeed a harp, bring that up!!!!!! And honestly, I think the chorus could use a heavy guitar.... kind of bassy and dominant... Put some vocals on that last chorus..... Just my thoughts, but this song could have some bombastic quality to it Good luck