How To Start A Band
Many casual musicians have wondered how to start a band. Starting a band can be quite a pain, especially if you do not already know other musicians. Starting a band can turn that casual hobby into something much greater. Music is a lot more fun to play with other people, so knowing how to start a band can make your hobby even more fun.
- Figure out what kind of music you want your band to play. This is a huge factor in what type of musicians will join your band. If you have a set style that you want to form a band around, make sure you let people know about it. People have varying styles, so getting people who already play music similar to what you want to play is key in starting a band.
- Find other people looking to join a band. This part often stops people completely. Finding others to join a band can be extremely difficult. Some people just want to play casually and not get too into it. You also need to find people who want to make similar music and have similar styles. Getting a blues guitarist for a punk band might be a disaster. Some great places to find others interested in starting a band are music stores, online forums or through friends. Music stores have tons of musicians that love to play, so finding someone like-minded is just a matter of time. Online forums are possibly the best bet. It is much easier to explain what you want and have people come to you. Tons of people play instruments, so asking your friends if they know anyone is a decent way to find band mates.
- Figure out a good number of musicians for your band. Depending on your style and who you can even find, the number of musicians in your band can vary. As long as you have more than one person, you can make a band. There are plenty of two instrument bands, from drum and guitar to guitar and bass; the possibilities are only limited by your style and ability.
- Get together and practice. The whole point of playing in a band is to play with other people, so you absolutely must get together and practice. You do not necessarily need to write your own music, plenty of people do covers. Find songs you are comfortable with and that everyone can play. The more you practice together, the more your band's chemistry will improve. You will understand the skills and limits of the other band members and grow stronger based on that. Understanding your band mates is just as important as knowing how to play your instrument.