How to Start a Band


Sarah Rodgers


April 1, 2020

How to Start a Band

If you are reading this right now, you probably have a famous band in mind that has inspired you to start yours. And it’s probably a band that started in a small basement and is now playing for large arenas. Before you get your hopes and dreams up and think that starting a band in your basement is going to get you famous someday, you may want to stop for a second to realize, most bands that start like that never actually make it to a record label. The ones that did spent tons of money and time to get where they are today. Being in a band can be expensive and stressful. But, if you're cut out for the pain and expenses of starting a band, we can help you in the beginning stages of starting your band. 

Get Your Instruments 

The first step to start a band is to get your instruments together. I think that we've all come to realize that bands need instruments to get the hype up. Whether you are looking to be a part of a rock band or any other band for that matter you are going to want to get the right supplies. Get instruments that match your tone and will go well with the music you want to play. Some of these instruments will most likely include: a guitar, some drums, and a base for starters. If you are interested in getting some really great instruments at a low price you may want to consider some second hand instruments to start with. Sportsman's Pawn Shop is a great place to find all the instruments you are looking for, and they have a massive variety to choose from. Check them out to find some instruments for you. They also have speakers, mics, cords, and more musical supplies if you are looking for a great deal to save some money. 

Find the Appropriate Band Members

Let's be honest; there are tons of people out in the world who think they have that amazing voice that the world is just waiting to hear. I bet we can all say that we've met someone before that was overly confident in their voice and don't have any talent for singing. Skip the embarrassment and make sure to find a vocalist for your band that has a great voice. If you can't seem to find someone, singing lessons could be your best option. You may also want to find members that are already familiar with playing instruments and making music, if not take time to learn your instruments.

Learn Your Instruments

Once you have all your band members selected, you are going to want to make sure that each person does a decent job on the instrument they are playing. If you need to take a month or two off for your band members to learn their instruments, do! It's better to have a few months of practice when starting a band than to spend time frustrated that nobody knows how to play their instrument. The first year is going to be a handful, so instead of trying to make it on a record label focus on making music you love and having fun, nothing else really matters.

Use Your Inspiration

Everyone everywhere has something that inspires their hobbies and likes. You wanted to start a band, so what inspired it? Was it your dad's band back in high school, a famous band you enjoy, or just your love for music and culture? There must be a band that sings songs that speak to you like nothing else has. Even popular groups use other bands to inspire their music. 

Find a Set-Up

If you are going to be in a band, you are going to want to find a spot that works for playing your music. Whether it is in a small garage, friends basement, or even an old clubhouse, you will want to find a place that keeps noise in and doesn't disturb anyone when you are playing.  

Start Making Music

Start making some music that speaks to you and the audience you want to play for. Just go with your gut and make the music you like, and fans will follow. Remember, it will take a while to get your style of music down and figure out where you are going with your music, so take it slow and enjoy it. 

Offering to Play Your Music for Free

If you are serious about getting your name out there and getting famous, start offering to play at family parties, clubs, restaurants, events, and wherever you can think. If you are good enough, people will recognize you and start wanting you to play at their events. 

Get on Social Media

Show off your talents by adding your music to social media. Some of the best platforms to do this are Instagram, tik tok, youtube, Facebook, and anything else you can do to get your name out there. Just don't get discouraged. Every band takes time to get the ball rolling, but this is a great start, and even if you don't get a lot of followers in the first couple of months, you'll start seeing progress in the years to come. Being a great band means you'll have a lot of waiting and heartache. But if your music is excellent, it will be worth it. 

Sell Your Music

Get your name out there by selling your music to friends, family, and even people on the streets. You can also find a populated area to play your music. That way if someone likes it they will be interested in buying your CD.  


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