Each person in the band / on the team, needs to look after their own instrument or voice making sure that what they bring is in good shape, practiced up, new strings, tuned up. When things are going badly for someone in the band, even just one little string out of their 6 or one little key out of their 88, it can wreck the sound of the whole group.
At the same time, things can come up beyond a person’s ability to prepare for or handle on their own. As leader of the band we’ve got to invest in the well-being of the band/team as people and not parts if we want to be a tight band when we play together. It starts by simply paying attention, asking some questions and hearing hearts. Maybe there’s a need you can help meet, most of the time people just like to feel like they’ve been heard; that you care. If we laugh together and make time and space happen to hang out together the music we make is bound to sound sweeter.
Don’t let the only time you talk to someone in the band be when they’re playing out of tune. That’s how new bands get formed out of old bands looking for new lead singers.
It’s not enough that every instrument is in tune, we’ve got to be in tune with each other.
Maybe it was Yoko, maybe not but the Beatles break-up is more the norm than the exception. In “That Thing You Do” legendary jazz man Dale Paxton tells Guy, “Can’t keep a band together. Bands come and go. What’s important is your music.” There’s always some force trying to break up a band and it’s critical that we do everything we can to preserve unity, the tighter we are, the sweeter the sound. In leadership the more time you spend together with your leadership team the more likely you are to avoid the train wreck moment when everyone jumps the musical rails.