Every musician out there has thought about how they can share their passion with the world. Perhaps they’ve already tried solo gigs or forming bands, but never quite managed to get it off the ground. Starting an acoustic band comes with even bigger challenges, especially when you’re up against intimidating live bands. Luckily, there are some practical tips you can learn to help you start an awesome acoustic group.
Decide on The Type of Musicians You Need
Traditional bands consist of a vocalist, lead guitarist, drummer, and bassist; however, you can include just about any musician depending on your style of music, ranging from pianists to tambourine players. To start an acoustic band, you’ll need to decide what type of musicians will provide the best sound. A lead guitarist will play great single-note melodies which will enhance your song intros and outros. A pianist will also enhance the melody and establish the chords for your song’s rhythm. Pianos can also substitute the bass’ role in songs. Moreover, one of the most important roles of the band is the drummer. An acoustic drum provides your songs’ beat and has a huge influence on melody, the dynamics, and rhythm of the music. Furthermore, finding the right vocalist who has excellent stage presence is a must. The singer is the face of the band and therefore, must be charismatic in front of a crowd. In other words, the lead vocalist must build the excitement that an electronic band would on stage.
Make Sure the Chemistry is Right
Note that it’s not about just finding any musicians, it’s not even about finding the best musicians. Your talent will grow together, and you’ll get better with time the more you play. The most important thing to consider is the chemistry between the band members. You will be very connected to your emotions when creating music, so the energy between the band members will play out in your songs. If the relationships between you are slightly hostile, an audience will catch on. That’s why you need to make sure you feel comfortable with each other, practice playing your instruments together, and test how well you all work together. Furthermore, if you don’t share a similar vision, the tension and friction between you will hinder your success. After all, a band is a relationship.
Determine Your Sound
Once you have your bandmates and instruments. You need to decide what your sound will be. This means everything from determining the genre or genres you want to play to what type of role each instrument will play. First, discuss each of your individual influences, what music or musicians have inspired you. Learn what you and your bandmates have in common to determine your unique sound. This could be a blend of all your favorite genres.
Mix the Instruments Up
Playing around with all your instruments is what helps you create your sound. For instance, your guitarist can also substitute his guitar for a drum by tapping it for an elevated effect on passages or switching between acoustic bass guitars and ukuleles alternatively. Similarly, one of the best ways to ensure your acoustic band has a winning sound is to use what is known as the backbone of acoustic music, a cajon drum. You need cajon drums when creating your sound because they are the best alternative to a drum kit. You should compare the various types to ensure you find the right for you as they all have different features; some can accommodate microphones, some are more comfortable to sit on, and others have superior acoustics.
Experiment with Tambourines to Improve Rhythm
You want to use all the tools at your disposal to create the best effect. Acoustic bands should rely on tambourines, castanets, and other rhythmic percussions to amplify their melodies. These will amplify the rhythm, enhance quieter moments of your songs, and keep the audience invested. Tambourines also offer an eclectic sound that works well in any genre of music.
Listen to Other Acoustic Bands
As mentioned above, your musical influences have a large impact on your sound. So, to improve the quality of your music, you need to stay inspired. Listen to acoustic bands and take notes of what does or doesn’t work for them and use this as a way to learn where there’s room for improvement in your own band. Talking to other acoustic players and getting their feedback will also help you immensely.
As overwhelming as it may feel when you’re an unknown acoustic band, following the above tips will help you succeed. With the right band members, a sound that you connect with personally, and the right blend of instruments, you’ll be able to do what you love and make the audience love it, too!