Recently one of my students told me he wanted to join a rock band, and asked where he should start. Here are some ideas for finding musicians in the Seattle area:
Legend has it that bassist Kim Deal hooked up with the Pixies by answering an ad for “Bassist who is into Husker Du and Peter, Paul and Mary.”
Craigslist – Also great for buying and selling used instruments.
Does the thought of trying out for a band make you want to hide? Consider going to an open mic and auditioning musicians for YOUR band. Watch the performances and look for someone you’d like to play with, then approach them after their show and see if they’re interested.
Here are a couple lists of open mic’s in Seattle:
If you can take a week off during the summer to immerse yourself in music, I highly recommend the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. I wrote about my experience at last year’s workshop here. PSGW is a great place to meet other musicians. While the camp emphasizes acoustic music, I met quite a few classic rockers there too.
If you have other ideas on finding jam partners or band members, please leave a comment.