Does anyone have any useful tips/strategies for successfully forming/storming/norming groups of disparate individuals into cohesive functioning bands? I am sure we all have horror stories but I am more interested in success stories. Seems certain responsibilities always fall on some shoulders while other people 'show up'. How do you motivate people to actively communicate and contribute outside of the actual music? Thoughts?
Oh this is a good one! Pandoras box eh? Well, unless you've been playin with the same folks for many years, it's a bitch!
A lot depends on age range too. A totally different thread.
Anyways, If you are talking ages between lets say 40's to 60's, then there is always someone who can't make it/show up for various reasons such as family commitments, unforeseen or forgotten plans, the grass that didn't get cut last week etc, etc. With 5 players, someone will not be able to show and then next time it could be a different player that can't make it. This can go on for weeks.
The only way around it is to find people who will consider the band right up there with family and that ain't easy to find. I haven't been able to find that.
So with that said, the way I do it is I always tell all my band members and other jam buddies that "if this isn't fun, then forget it".
There can't be any pressure or stress involved. It totally takes away from the music.
What has happened with this/my approach is that we get together on average about once every 3 weeks. Everyone is relaxed and very into it because they don't feel rushed, stressed or pressured and they are more prepared as a result. This all results in a great rehearsal/jam session that we continue to look forward to. That is what matters most!