Hello, everyone! I have been playing in a band for about 7 months now, and I love every second of it. On the other hand, I have had some trouble in the past with getting the word out. Trying to get people through the door to have a little jam session can be quite difficult. This is what you have to do:
1. Don't Be Shy. Ask As Much As Possible!
This means don't just look amongst some of your closest buddies. Ask around! Make new friends! Even if you don't think they meet your expectations, you can still learn something from them.
2. Be Flexible With Your Needs.
This means the same thing you have been hearing all of your life: you are never going to get everything you want. Sometimes you should settle with what you have and practice until your fingers fall off.
3. Have The Right Equipment.
I recently read an article saying that as long as you can hear yourself play, you are fine. That is true, but only to a certain extent. You also want everyone else to hear you play! May I suggest www.musiciansfriend.com for an amazing variety of equipment that will surely fulfill your every need.
4. Location! Location! Location!
You will definitely have to at least be near a large town or city to get the word out on your "future band". What's the point in struggling to become a professional band if nobody has ever heard of you? I understand it if you would just like to jam out with your buddies as a meaning of group expression, but if you want to become pro then get the word out!
5. Have A Reputation.
It is always good to have a reputation. Whether you want to be known as "the good guys", "that band that blows them away", or "those meddling kids" is an important factor of being a band. Something new and exciting will definitely be an attention-grabber (ex: Ozzy Ozbourne biting the head off of bats). That does not mean go out and hunt for bats. You have to make something out of yourselves that will keep people coming running back.
6. The Most Important Of All... Advertise!!!
This step is pretty much self-explanatory. Tell people about your band, get gigs at exposing places, put up posters, print out ads in the newspaper, make a website,and gig often. These are just examples of some of the things you must do to get your name out.
Well, I certainly hope that this article will help you in your future band decisions whether you have been in a band for 10 years or are just starting. Please keep in mind that this is my first ever article, so please try not to criticize this article too much. With that, what are you waiting for? Start rocking!