“To Perpetuate and Promote Old Time Fiddling and Old Time Music”Link to the Current Hoedownerhttp://ootfa.org/Hoedowner.pdfOOTFA DANCE BAND GUIDELINESAcoustic Instruments Only
- Use easy, familiar cover songs for dance bands. Play older, familiar, simple songs. Complex songs that can’t be “picked up on” by the other players are known as “band-busters”. Pick songs that everyone can enjoy.
- Let everyone know what key to play in, the name of the song and whether there will be specific chord or key changes.
- Don’t noodle and visit between songs. Noodling is the habit of continuing to play licks in between songs. It’s very distracting to the other players and can really slow up a show – Sit on your hands between songs. Know when not to play; back off when the singer is singing, or when someone is taking a lead break. It’s OK to completely stop playing and just listen during a song, especially in a large band group.
- Listen and watch the other players. The key to making good music in a dance band is to listen to the song being played by all the others instead of listening to your own playing.
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- Don’t play too loud. Don’t play so loud that you’re drowning out the lead singer or the person taking a break. Some instruments are naturally loud, and musicians need to learn to play softly. Play your instrument so that it blends in and allows other instruments and singers to be heard.