Do you miss the days when you had a band and played gigs at the local bars almost every night? Where can you find local musicians to jam with now that you are flying solo?
Some people find playing music on their own boring. To keep the energy and inspiration up, they have to have other people around them who share the same passion.
What do you have to do to find fellow musicians? Are they hard to track down? Honestly, they are everywhere. You just have to know where to look.
1. Go to local music events.
Look up your area’s events calendar and see if they are having any music events any time soon. It can be a big music festival, a popular band’s concert, or a local group’s weekly gig. There is a good chance that you can connect with other music lovers in your city that might want to hang out and play music some time.
2. Join or follow social media groups of musicians.
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites are not only for keeping up with what’s going on in your family’s and friends’ lives. They are also there to show you what your favorite bands and musicians are up to and to give you an opportunity to get to know like-minded people. If a band that you follow is stopping at your city on their tour, you can meet up with other fans in your area to see the show. One of them might be someone who has a band searching for a singer, guitarist, or other band members or who is also on a quest to find local musicians to jam with.
3. Enroll in a music class.
Learning is a continuous process, so consider taking a music class. You can look online or check the flyers posted on the boards at record stores and music venues in your area. For best results, it is recommended that you sign up for group lessons. With more people in the class, you have a greater chance to meet new friends who love music as much as you do.
4. Teach a music class.
If you love to teach, why not become a music instructor? You can use your knowledge in playing the guitar, piano, or other musical instruments to help young aspiring musicians get closer to their dreams. Or if you are a singer, give voice and singing lessons to promising talents. These days, it is not only grade school and high school kids that take music classes. There are adults that like to enhance their musical abilities too.
5. Search ads/ classifieds.
Another good option to find people who you can play music with is through search ads and classifieds. You can put up an ad stating, “band searching for singer, guitarist, bassist, or drummer” and see what type of traction you get. Classifieds can often yield great results since they’re highly targeted and have a strong response rate.
These simple methods can help you be on your way to forming that band you’ve always dream of!