Good songs when starting a band (Any ideas???)


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02-21-2011, 08:04 AM
I was thinking of starting of starting a new band and there is one problem. We can't seem to pick one song. Has anybody got some ideas about simple songs we could do

02-21-2011, 08:14 AM
your own songs... ??

02-21-2011, 08:22 AM
What kind of band??

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02-21-2011, 08:23 AM
What genre are you most interested in? In my old bands, in the first rehearsals we played something like Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, its a simple classic and just fun to play. However, if any of you have any riffs you've made, start with that and build a song around it :)

02-21-2011, 08:37 AM
this belongs in the "Bandleading" forum. you're gonna need more details than that.

genre? i could recommend the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" or "The Black Wedding" by Sunn 0))), they are simple, but maybe not the right genre

difficulty? i could recommend "The Aftermath" by Origin or "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane, they may be almost impossibly fast, but the riffs are actually very simple when you break it down

instrumentation? i don't know if you have one or two guitarists, a keyboard player, or maybe you're a jazz band with a saxophone player, or a country band with fiddle and steel players?

02-21-2011, 08:37 AM
Just start jamming and creating. If you're anything like me and bands that I've been in, you don't want to start on other people's tunes - you'll get stuck in a rut and never get going creatively.

02-21-2011, 08:39 AM
Blues: fire - Hendrix
Blues/rock - sunshine of your love - cream
Classic rock: whiskey in the jar - thin lizzy
Modern Rock: times like these - foo fighters
Indie rock: dance floor - arctic monkeys
Hard rock: woman - wolfmother
Heavy Metal: for whom the bell tolls - metallica

02-21-2011, 08:41 AM
Heavy Metal: for whom the bell tolls - metallica
This just has to be the most popular metal song to play.

02-21-2011, 09:14 AM
Exactly. Piss easy, everyone knows it, simple structure/lyrics/chords/'solo'

Nice little jam song when starting out

02-21-2011, 11:01 AM
Modern Rock: times like these - foo fighters

This song is a lot harder to pull off than it sounds - it's in 7/4 so you're likely to confuse the hell out of your rhythm players. For any Foos song you need an amazing drummer.

02-21-2011, 11:29 AM
Can't really go wrong with learning a few Ramones songs.

02-21-2011, 11:00 PM
Ramones songs.
Nirvana songs.
AC/DC songs.
Metallica songs.
Stooges songs.
Beatles songs.
Black Sabbath songs.

03-04-2011, 03:46 PM
Really it depends on what style you want to play. None of the above suggestions would be good if you are planning on starting a polka band! :-)