Arlen Roth on Finding Magic
These days, and in our modern times of communications, it certainly would seem that finding other folks to play with would be not only easier, but also accelerated. It is true to a certain extent, but the real and enduring truth is that to find that “magic” that can exist between players it sure is still a tough search. I guess it’s kind of like online dating these days….you’ll meet a lot of people, but the truly right one may remain elusive, for sure!
Think of all the great bands that have really relied on these “magical” meetings between players, and so many that just wouldn’t have made it otherwise. Lennon and McCartney, Richards and Jagger, Perry and Tyler, Simon and Garfunkel are just a few who really had great talent, but certainly needed each other to create that magic that the band was then formed around! And many of these meetings were really lucky for sure….of course, when dealing with small communities and towns, it may be easier to “link up” with someone, but the “pool” of players to search through is far smaller.
I can still remember the ads in the papers with bands looking for players that would invariably say something like; “bass player wanted, must have wheels, no hang-ups, ego trips or drugs” Come to think of it, it probably hasn’t even changed that much in today’s world, but there sure are a lot more players to choose from, and people who are more well-rounded and play many more styles than back then!
Still, it’s a journey, but one well-worth taking, especially when that moment occurs when you really feel like you’ve met the one that will really fill the bill!
Usually it takes only one leader to direct a band properly and to establish your musical direction, but having that special one or two others that you really can musically bond with is what makes the whole band thing “click”, and then you’re on your way to making more musical “magic”, the kind that audiences and most of all each of you can feel comfortable with, and can respond to!
So keep all your options open, keep the search fun and thorough, and remember, that person who’s looking for the right partner may just be looking right now for you!
Gibson.com’s Arlen Roth , affectionately known The King of All Guitar Teachers, is music lesson pioneer and the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar.