However, forming bands can be difficult, especially for kids. First, it can be hard to find three or four other kids who can play musical instruments. Second, it can be hard to find other musicians who can all get along with each other. Fights may breakout about creative differences. Third, there may be schedule conflicts, especially since children depend on their parents for transportation. With that said, it is not impossible. Here is a kid’s guide for starting up a band.
Network with other kids in school
Start talking to other people and find out whom in your school plays musical instruments. A band typically has four to five members: two guitarists, a drummer, a bassist and a singer. Sometimes one of the guitarists can also do the singing. This is a common model for a band, but there is no rule on which member should do the singing. If the drummer can play and sing, let him or her do it. The same goes for a bassist. The singer doesn’t always have to be a guitarist.
Get permission from every parent
Many kids these days don’t consider parents’ wishes about certain things. The respectful thing to do in any situation is to make sure that anything you do is allowed by every parent of every kid in the party. This also helps make sure that each kid in the band can make it to appointed band practices.
Find a large, empty room for practice
Ideally, you want to practice in a place away from neighbors. Band practices can get loud, and you don’t want to disturb a peaceful neighborhood. Practice should be held at the band member’s house with the least neighbors. If possible, practice in a closed garage. If you’re lucky, the parents may allow your band to practice in the living room or help you rent a storage space.
Getting your first gig
If practices go well and you have a few songs in your set list, you should try looking for a small gig. There is a probably chance that your first gig will be at a school function, such as a talent show or battle of the bands. The thrill of playing on stage for all your friends is amazing; it is what you spend hours of practice for.
With a little determination, your band can go far. Best of luck to you and your friends.