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Advice #2 - The Word.......

You have to get business cards!!! Go to jams and pass out your cards, give them to club owners/managers, anyone who asks for one. Give them to your band mates to hand out too. Start social networking the band; MySpace, FaceBook, Twitter, ReverbNation, YouTube and a band website. Get as much "free" advertising as possible by getting friends to start talking about your band. Do this with your networking tools! Use a website that doesn't cost an arm & a leg to use and one that is user friendly. I use Domain Name Sanity. They have easy templates to build your site and no maintenance fee for doing it yourself every month. Invest a little time in getting to know your programs so you don't have to hire someone!

Advice #1 - The band.....

So, a friend told me that a blog is sort of like a diary that you share with everyone. Ok. So, I decided to share tips in my blog. I get so many questions on tips and advice in music so here we go. Start with a band. I attended numerous jam sessions until I found just the right combination of musicians. Research jam nights through your local Blues Society and Blues groups. Let your friends and family know that you're starting a band and to get the word out that you're looking for musicians. You never know which friend of a friend could be a great part of your band! Craig's List and Band Mix.com will help, too. Just tell them what you're looking for. Don't get discouraged if someone leaves the band - one door closes, another opens.