Ready to start your own band? There are many musicians ready to pursue a musical career with you, but how do you choose the right musician? Different musicians bring different sounds to a band depending on their technical skills, innovations, and musical diversity. For example, Metallica wouldn't sound like they do without James Hetfield, or Dream Theater definitely wouldn't sound the same without the talents of Mike Portnoy.

Here are some tips on how to narrow down your list of potential gang members.

1. Determine your level of commitment. You want a musician who is at the same level of commitment as the rest of the band. Is the band a full-time thing or are you just playing occasionally to have fun on the weekends? Musicians with a high level of commitment are always good, but can be discouraged if the rest of the band is lazy and only wants to play in minimal times. Find out how often the band should get together to play, and then find musicians who can commit to that schedule.

2. Technical skills versus diversity. While technical skills are important, there must also be a good balance between music diversification. Anyone can pick up a guitar and shred like Yngwie Malmsteen with the right amount of practice picking the same notes over and over, but not everyone can play with the Jimmi Hendrix feel.

3. The right musician should enjoy playing the same musical style as the rest of the band members.

4. Compatibility with personality. Playing in a band is all about having fun and you should be able to get along with all of your band members off stage. Generally speaking, it could get along better with people in your age group, so it could be something to consider when choosing musicians.

5. Open-minded to other musical genres. While this may not apply to all bands, it might be good to consider if your band ever decides to change its musical direction.

6. Band playing experience. In general, the more experience the band has, the better. There is a difference between self-taught musicians who practice at home alone and musicians who learn through others by playing in bands. Musicians inexperienced in the band may have trouble following songs, as they are used to playing at home to record CDs. Also, if your band ever plans to play live, inexperienced musicians may have a load on stage.

7. enthusiasm. Does the musician take the band seriously enough to prioritize it? Does the musician contribute to the band musically? They are enthusiastic if they bring lots of ideas to the songs and also take something else to practice at home. If the musician is always late for practice, does not contribute, and only plays what they are told to play, then he is probably not very committed to the band.

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Band playing experience. In general, the more experience the band has, the better.