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Music Theory: Band Dynamics

John-Paul Gentile

14:07 · Music Theory

JP teaches musicians how to take all they've been learning in this elective and use it with a band, being aware of important corresponding instruments.

Music Theory: Band Dynamics

John-Paul Gentile

  • When you are playing on stage, you have to pick the person you’re going to be most aware of, other than the worship leader. E.g. drummer is most aware of bass player (after worship leader). A bass player needs to lock in with the drummer, but also with the piano player. If the piano player is playing in the high registers, you need to take care of the lower register.

  • If you’re the lead electric player, you want to develop a relationship with the violinist (if you have a violinist) because you both carry similar frequencies.

  • Rhythm guitar player (in most cases the worship leader) - you have to focus on the drummers high hat, and the lead guitar player. If the drummer is playing simple ¼ notes you want to play open, wide strums. Be careful not to “muddy” up a mix.

  • If you can lock in on what a drummer is doing when building it will be more effective.

  • Communicate with your team who’s going to take care of what.

  • Acoustic sounds best from the open all the way to the 5th fret - best tone and most open body.

  • E.g. Key of E – worship leader/rhythm guitar stays up in the open range, electric guitar can use a capo on the 4th fret and use the C formation. It will add some clarity to the sound.

  • Plan your set, not just songlist, but plan your songs out.

  • Amazing musicians does not necessarily correlate to an amazing band. Discuss your sound and work out what sound you are going for before you even play anything.

  • Know when to add flair and when to sit back. Sometimes the less you play can make the sound even bigger.

  • Guitarists – pic vs fingers creates different sound, different texture for a song.