Creating a garage band can be a great way to express yourself and to be creative, and it’s also a highly social act that can help you to make friends and to meet new people. When you’re in a band, everyone wants to get to know you, and even though there are highs and lows to being in a band, the lows are usually offset by the highs of live performance.
The truth is that creating a garage band can be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make, and while there’s no right way or wrong way to go about it, there are a few tips that you can follow to get started. Here are just a few of our top tips for creating your own garage band.
1. Come up with a good name
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but we’re all guilty of doing it just the same. Bands can’t be judged by their covers (although they’re certainly judged by their album art), and so instead we tend to come to snap judgements based upon bands’ names. If you want to be remembered, your name will need to be a good one.
2. Put up ads and go to open mics
The next step is for you to recruit other musicians to join your group. You can do this by putting up ads in local shop windows and in the local paper, and you can also go to open mic nights and start networking with local musicians. You might even spot your future bandmates performing on the line-up.
3. Choose a genre
The vast majority of bands pick a genre and stick to it, and those that don’t are usually notable for that exact reason. Unless you have a good reason for it, it’s a good idea to pick a genre and stick to it so that people know what to expect from you when they book you or come to a gig.
4. Find a practice space
Every band needs somewhere to practice, and that’s just as true for garage bands as it is for international rock stars. Of course, you could always practice in a garage, but that can get cold during the winter and can also lead to noise complaints. You can also try asking to use the back rooms of local pubs or hiring a professional practice space.
5. Learn to record at home
There’s no shortage of guides out there which are designed to help you to record at home. In an article about creating a garage band, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the software of the same name. GarageBand is created specifically for Apple Mac devices and has a reputation as being one of the most powerful pieces of home recording software that’s on the market. There are also many workstations out there for Windows devices, as well as others that crossover between both platforms.
6. Write your own music
If you want to get noticed in the crowded music industry, you need to be creating your own original material. This is what will make you stand out from the hundreds of thousands of cover bands around the world and it will also give you something truly unique to offer to people who come to your concerts.
7. Get some help
If you’re struggling to create your own original material, you can always get some help. Search online for the best writing services and try to find a provider that has some experience of working with music and lyrics.
Now that you know how to create your own garage band, the next step is for you to go ahead and get started. The good news is that by following the tips on this list, you’ll be off to a good start. Remember that creating a garage band should be fun, and as soon as you stop enjoying yourself then it’s a sign that perhaps you should stop.
As long as you’re having fun and enjoying yourselves, it’ll show in the music you make. Perhaps you’ll even end up writing a hit single and climbing to the top of the charts. Wembley Stadium, here you come! Good luck.