Be a Real-Life Guitar Hero. How and Why to Start a Band!
In this ongoing guide, we’ll be exploring how anybody can start their own band, and why that’s a great idea.
The traditional method of learning to play an instrument involves a lot of pain at the outset. Emphasis is placed on learning to read music and perfecting technique. Whilst these are incredibly important, we know how frustrating it is when you’re just starting out, as more often than not, you simply want to play one of your favourite songs!
At WeJam our goal is to encourage people of all abilities to experience the joy of being in a band, and that’s why we’ve produced this guide to give you some helpful tips on where to start.
Where to find your band members?
Sounds like an obvious place to start right? In our detailed guide to finding band members, we provide some top tips for assembling the perfect lineup.
A key takeaway is that you’re not just choosing bandmates for their talent. These are people you’ll be spending a lot of time with so it’s important you gel on a personal level too.
Nowadays the internet is a great resource for finding musicians with similar interests and ambitions, but consider your personal network too.
The health benefits of being in a band
Believe it or not, but being in a band is good for your health.
Making music with others is great for both your physical and mental well-being, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. You don’t need to be a serious musician to benefit - even playing for fun every now and then can boost your mood and provide may more perks.
Our detailed guide gives you many more health-related reasons for incorporating band practice into your life.
Don't worry about music theory (yet)
If you’ve ever tried learning an instrument, only to give up a short while later, maybe you felt that theory takes the fun out of playing music?
Although theory is important, it shouldn’t get in the way of rocking out! In this article we look at the way theory can sometimes stifle creativity and we encourage you to get your head out of books and start experimenting with your instrument.
Begin with cover songs
If starting a band wasn’t hard enough, trying to write your own material can be a whole other challenge. For new bands, learning and practising cover songs is a great way to start out.
There are a whole bunch of reasons why learning to play your favourite songs from your favourite artists is a brilliant idea. Not only will you improve musically, but fans will love it too.
The best apps for bands and musicians
Nowadays there are hundreds if not thousands of apps available designed for musicians and bands. Whether you’re starting out or already on the road to stardom, there’s no doubt an application out there that can help you on your way.
In this article we pick 10 of the best apps for aspiring artists, ranging from songwriting aids to performance tools, and a whole lot more.
Forget video games, start a real band
Whilst music-based video games (or “rhythm games”) like Guitar Hero and Rock Band are a load of fun, they can never compare to the feeling of starting a real band.
This article charts the history and rivalry between Guitar Hero and Rock Band - the two biggest selling musical computer games of all time. If you love these games then what’s stopping you from jamming on real instruments? Maybe WeJam is the next step on your journey to musical greatness!