Best way to meet (amateur) musicians?

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  1. markal

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    Curious about people’s experience meeting other musicians to potentially form new projects? Blues jams? Open mics? Hang out at music stores? Craig’s list?

    I’m pretty sure the band I’ve been in the last year and half is fizzling out (chalk it up to different approaches and different objectives). I know a few other people but looking to branch out.

    Fortunately there’s vibrant music scene around here, I just have to prioritize which events, jams etc I’ll try to attend regularly. So I’m just curious what other folks on this board do.

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    I think it gets harder and harder the older you get. I met my best jam buddies through work. I’ve been in construction for 25 years and it seems the whole blue collar thing breeds musicians. I’ve been in management for a couple years now, definitely fewer players there I’ve found. But it’s funny I come across white collar people who own crazy cool expensive instruments. But they don’t seem to play them!
     
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    It's hard to find new people to play with. I'm stuck in my ways now and will only play songs I like so that removes about 98% of the local guys around here from the equation as most seem to want to play what they think the audience might like. The same boring stuff everyone else is playing.

    There are sites for finding local musicians, google around and you might find one for your local area.

    I call up people I have known for decades when I want to jam or try get something together. It's getting harder to get people on board as there is no money in it here or what little money there is soon gets soaked up at the bar, meals fuel etc. Hence people playing songs all night id turn the station on so they can make that extra $50 bucks. Not my idea of fun.
     
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    If you want to meet a drummer, just order a Pizza for home delivery. :)
     
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    I still need to make that T-shirt that says, "BASS PLAYER WANTED" — maybe make it reversable, to also say, "DRUMMER WANTED."
     
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    Put your own band together, go out and look for other musicians who are better than the band that they are in. Talk to them about what you’d like to play and where you’d like to go. It works.


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    The last two times I had my cable service both were guitar players. Had an impromptu jam session with both.
     
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    How do you get a Bass player off your porch?
    Pay for the pizza.

    What's the difference between a trombone player and an armadillo dead in the road?
    The armadillo might have been on his way to a gig.

    How do you know it's a chick singer at the front door?
    She can't find her key and she doesn't know when to come in.
     
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    Lol. You’ll have to ‘splain this one to me...
     
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    I meet guys every couple of months at my local father and son music store.
     
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    How many drummers do you know that weren’t pizza delivery guys. My old drummer was for about a week. Apparently, they frown upon lunch breaks, especially if it’s a pizza they’re supposed to be delivering.


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    If you're social, open mics are a great place to meet people.
     
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    It's been a while but I've played in bands with musos that I've met through
    Family
    School
    Friends
    Friends of friends
    Local music scene
    Work
    Musos wanted/available website
    Musos wanted/available ad in local music store

    So mostly by networking in some form but sometimes by searching specifically.
     
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    agreed on bass players, like hen's teeth
     
  16. strat a various

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    How bout HERE? Don't you guys that live near each other like get together and play in the den or the garage. Seems like this would be a good place to meet like minded peeps.
     
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    Leave fresh meat on the porch? ;)

    A few months ago I quit a duo & trio I was in so I could perform solo. So far, I'm happier. Fewer humans to deal with. That's my suggestion. Build your solo chops, get out and play some gigs. At least where I live few venues are willing to pay bands what they're worth anyway. If somebody in the audience likes what you're doing maybe something evolves.
     
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    There’s an app called Vampr that works a lot like mobile dating apps - you input your musical preferences and build a profile and can swipe through local musicians around you. Not had a tonne of success through it but that’s largely because I don’t live in a massively populated area, I’m sure it would be very good in a big city!
     
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  19. strat a various

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    That's appropriate ... putting a band together is a lot like dating ... polygamous dating, but still ...
     
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    Thanks. I’ll check it out. I’m between Denver and Boulder, so lots of people around here.
     
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