Greetings, fellow bassists! I am 16 years old, been playing bass for about 3 years now, and I am fairly new to this website. Yeah, get used to that little exposition above when I start a thread for the next few weeks until everyone gets the point. Anyway, I come to you, the bass gods, in order to ask "what are some of the definitive do's and don't's in order to getting a functioning band together?" I have been in the music scene for about a year, and I honestly am becoming seriously annoyed how ridiculously inept that most of these "virtuosos" and "prodigies" end up being. I have figured out that pretty much my main reason for such horrible band flops are, well, teenagers. I have a list of some Do's and Don't's for getting a band together. I know that I probably haven't scratched the surface of band etiquette, but a start's a start. Feel free to add some of your own, give some tips to your loving OP (), and possibly add some hilarious backstory into what your reasoning is. Do: -Get together with people you're familiar with. -Familiarize yourself with all different types of music. -Find musicians with common interests. -Plan a regular schedule. -Show enthusiasm. -End conflicts, bickering, and egotism at the source. -Practice often (should go without saying, but you wouldn't believe how many sessions I have went to with the guitarist not knowing what to do). -Make sure all members are aware of what's going on. -Give ample time for decision making and song learning. -Compromise, compromise, compromise. -Get easy-to-work-with people. -Have the right gear and equipment. Don't: -Push bandmates too far. -Be "that guy." -Dysfunctional, disorganized, or hard to work with. -Be a dictator and kick people out left and right (ya Axl Rose wannabe). -Be obsessed with covering one band all the time. (Blink 182 gets old after a while.) -Be short term with every decision you make, leaving everyone else scrambling. -Expect to get by as a band with just dinky practice equipment. -Get grouped up with wannabes. (One Amy Lee wannabe was enough for me.) -Generally work with teenagers. (Only exception is a guy I know named Lee. Only 13 and sounds like a mix of Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhodes, and Eddie Van Halen.) Welp, that's all I've got. Cheers!