Tips for Starting a Band

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Once learning the fundamentals of how to play an instrument, many individuals consider starting a band. Sure it’s fun to play music for personal enjoyment, but it is more fun to play for the enjoyment of others. Paying in a band keeps the band members musically motivated and excited. Praise from the audience and the joy experienced through creating and performing music is what will keep the musician wanting more.

 

CREATING A REHEARSAL SPACE: Make sure that there is an area where the prospective band members will audition. This areas must have good acoustic sound. This allows the most clear and perfect notes from each potential musical to be heard. The area must also be comfortable for the musician. Provide water, comfortable chairs, and a variety of microphones and headsets. If there is absolutely no type of area that is available and has the necessary items, consider renting a rehearsal space.

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CREATING THE BAND: Advertising and word of mouth are the most popular ways of finding band members. Advertising is best in music magazines, local newspapers, and local clubs. It may be beneficial to also place flyers in colleges, clubs, and music stores. The internet is also a common area to place ads.

 

CREATING THE AD: The most common mistake when creating an ad is that the band’s level of performance is misrepresented. Be honest when discussing experience and level of musical talent. When everyone concerned is honest, then no musician is wasting his/her time. Make sure that the ad expresses exactly what type of instrument is needed and what genre of music is being played by the band. Remember to include different types of contact, such as, cell number, email, or website.

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HOLDING AUDITIONS: Make a list of important questions regarding the new band hire and make sure to keep detailed notes over each audition. Upon deciding that a musician is a possible candidate for the job, then schedule the rehearsal. Be prepared to provide the musician with the audition music. By selecting the song, the band sees the a specific type of music that they show cases. This is also the appropriate time to find out what type of schedule the potential hire is willing to commit to playing. There must be a specific amount of hours scheduled and committed to when the band begins to form.

 

HOLDING BAND REHEARSALS: It is a good idea to create a multi-track recording of every song that is being rehearsed. This allows the band to ad a musician whenever they are not there to rehearse. Or this also allows for the other members of the band to hear a single instrument for constructing new musical ideas. This is also an opportunity to make recordings that leave out an instrument. Each person’s specific recording does not have their personal instrument. Then the tape can be used by that specific person, to practice while away from the studio. Being flexible with and how individuals practice is the most difficult part of being in a band. Allowing this type of practice to take place has created a much more diverse band practice, yet it allows each member to be ready for the show.

band rehearsal

 

DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY: Once the band is formed, various duties must be divided among the members. Be sure that everyone in the groups has specific responsibilities. This way no one will be overwhelmed by any type of responsibility. One person will be assigned as the “leader.” The band leader will oversee the entire operation. He/She will make sure that each member is doing their assigned job and be the organized of the entire band effort. The band leader is also the person who will book performances. When a member is deemed “burnt out” then the band as a whole should be responsible for approaching the individual. There must be some type of agreement for band members that leave, as well as stay.