a Garage Band
garage band is a group of musicians who get together to play music
for fun. A band might have a drummer, a guitarist, a bass
player, a singer, and a piano player. But you can call any
combination of musicians a band.
Here are a few tips on how to start your own garage band.
Learn How to Play an Instrument
Choose an instrument you like, then find a music teacher who can
help you learn how to play. After practicing for awhile
you will be ready to play with other musicians.
Finding Band Members
Get together with other musicians and talk about the kind of music
you would like to play. If you like each other and share
a similar interest in music, then you’re ready to start
Once you have formed a band, rehearsals begin. A rehearsal
is when band members get together and practice songs. Select
a few songs that band members like.
Before rehearsing as a group, learn your part to the song, either
by “ear,” by having someone show you the part, or
by reading sheet music. For example, the bass player will
learn how to play the bass line just like it sounds on the recording.
After your band has rehearsed for several months and learned enough
songs, you might want to perform in front of an audience. Contact
a school talent show, a fair, or a local park and invite the promoter
to hear your band. Have a press kit ready including a photo,
demo tape or CD, band description, and contact information. Pick
a name for your band that matches your image and style.
Getting a Good Sound
Getting a good sound is very important. If you can, hire
an experienced sound person to help you get started. Once
you are performing on a regular basis you will want to buy your
Putting on the Show
When you’re on stage you will want to entertain and interact
with your audience. Dance, smile, jump up and down. Do
whatever you can to be put on an interesting show. Also,
get to know your fans and treat them well.
Write and Record Your own Songs
After your band has been together for awhile you may want to write
and record your own songs. Make a demo tape or CD so you
can listen to your songs and your sound. When you are ready,
check out the local studios and record.
Glossary of important band words:
album: One or more recordings (as on tape or CD)
produced as a single unit
buzz: Slang expression for word of mouth
charisma: Magnetism, what draws the audience to
you, your stage presence, how you put on a show
cover songs: Tunes your band performs that are
written by another person or band
demo tape: Short for demonstration; a homemade
gig: A live performance in front of an audience
hook: The catchy part of a song, usually the chorus
jam session: An impromptu performance especially
by jazz musicians
networking: The art of making contact with important
people who can help your career
press kit: A package of promotional materials
including a bio, press release, and photo
set list: The band’s master list of songs
for a show
sound check: Pre concert rehearsal at site of