Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on December 06, 2002 at 15:40:08:
In Reply to: BLUES - how does a band form? posted by magichands on December 04, 2002 at 14:08:58:
: Hi all!!
: I'm in australia and I am a newbie but the sound of the harmonica has captivated me and I wanted to make a lifelong ambition to get good on this instrument.
: Can anyone tell me if there is such a thing as a blues band?
: what are the members of this band? like guitar etc with harmonica?
: can someone help me think of a nice blues harmonica band?
: is there a club for harmonica players that I can join in australia (melbourne)??
: any help will be appreciated!!!
Hey Magic Hands,
Many blues bands have the basic line-up of guitar, bass and drums. What additional instruments, if any, often depends on what kind of sound is desired along with what/who is available.
It's also quite possible to make some great music as a duo with a guitarist or piano player.
I suggest that you check out live bands along with recordings by musicians such as John Mayall, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and the list goes on.
As for my experience, one of the most interesting bands, was a three man group. With just the three of us, we managed to produce a variety of sounds from new wave to Chicago blues styles.
One advantage of a small band (of competant musicians), is that it can be easier to work together and resolve the conflicts between the members, then a big band.
Keep us posted!
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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