I am starting a band with a few friends... but we could use a few tips to set us on our way
It may be common sense, but practice practice practice.
dont lose time with people that cant play their instrument and people who arent serious at rehearsal
HAVE FUN. I'm in a band and satisfaction and enjoyment comes first. Of course, we don't all really need money so we can be very selective about gigs we do. Do a few cover performances to get started, then have someone record a few performances. Sit down as a band and listen to the performances. Try to identify your strengths and weaknesses and your overall style of playing. Then pick a style you would like to write songs in. You don't need to stick to this style 100 percent but it's nice to have a reference and something you can fall back on in case that new style you were trying out in your basement happens to be a failure. Lastly, expect tension and prepare for it. A band is like a relationship.