So, every other band I’ve been in was pretty well established before I joined and I was either taking somebody’s place or adding a second guitar to the mix. As such, the band’s culture was always more or less in place: the work ethic, methods, how rehearsal worked, the song list, etc. I didn’t have to worry if things were going to work out, because they were always a fairly well oiled machine and I only needed to know my parts and show up on time. This is different, because we are sort of working how it will work in this band from scratch. It’s soul/heavy blues/southern rock. The bass player found us all. I had my first session with him today. It went well, I like him, he sings well on soul songs, which is good because my voice is more southern rock. He seems like a solid enough bassist, though it’s somehwat hard to tell without a drummer. We are aiming for our first full band rehearsal in a week and a half. We worked up 5 songs about as well as you can with just one guitar and bass. I took it for a “feeling each other out” session as much as anything. In some sense I suppose the “band leader” role is kind of in the air, even though the bass player sort of set it up, he doesn’t seem like a take charge guy. But I also think we all want it to be mostly a democracy. I’ll be doing the PA for gigs where the venue doesn’t provide it. Booking is looking like an all hands on deck type of thing between me, the bassist and second guitarist. For now we are all just giving songs we know we can sing well, that are big hits, until we have a decent song list worked up. For now if you suggest a song you have to sing it. So... any words of advice here? Tips that helped bands you’ve been in work smoothly? Mistakes that ended up causing things to not work out?