(StatePoint) Starting a band? Way before getting up on stage or into a recording booth, there’s a lot of work to do. Here are five things all bandleaders need to think about as they get their acts together.
1. Pick a style.
Will you be playing rock, pop, jazz or some kind of fusion? Will you be playing covers or originals? Not only will you want to approach other musicians with your vision already in mind, but knowing these details can also help you determine the size and instrumentation you’ll need for your band.
2. Have goals.
Why are you starting a band? Is it to land a record deal or just to have fun? Do you just need an outlet for your musical creativity or do you want to go on tour? Having goals can help you figure out what your next steps are.
3. Form the band.
It’s important for all the members of the band to have the same musical goals and creative vision. If your band will be comprised of friends, you should make sure you’re all on the same page. After all, you want to be creating riffs, not rifts. If need be, posting on bulletin boards in coffee shops or on online can help you find your missing drummer or bassist. Seek out bandmembers for a trial run to see if it’s a good fit.
4. Get good sound.
When it comes to instrumentation, you’ll want to consider portability so you can get to your rehearsals and gigs stress-free. You’ll also want to make sure you have high-quality instruments to get the best sound from your musicians. When it comes to your keyboard, you’ll want to ensure it has all the latest enhancements in sounds and features. For example, the Privia PX-160 uses an AiR Sound Source for a grand piano sound, and has a Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. A two-track recorder can record and play back your practice and performances, handy features for any band.
Make sure you get in your rehearsals. The more you play together, the more you’ll get to be comfortable with the style and nuance each musician brings to the band. Creating a regular schedule can help. Once you are in a good spot, you can start booking shows. Do so regularly to keep the band motivated.
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