So, you want to start a band. Congratulations! It can seem daunting – and expensive – but the truth is that you can get great deals on musical instruments, find free practice spaces, and even get free or inexpensive lessons. If you do need cash, you can also get a pawn loan or sell items to South Bay Jewelry & Loan. Keep reading for our best tips and then stop by or call us at (310) 371-4571 to find out what we have in stock.
Focus on Finding Bandmates Who Like the Same Music You Do
When you are searching for bandmates, there are many things you will consider. You’ll want to know how well they perform their instruments, you will want to know if they have similar thoughts on how the band should be run, and are willing to put in the work. Just do not make the mistake of discounting that you all like similar music.
Find a Free Space to Perform
In a perfect world, you could rent your own room at a sound recording studio, or a rehearsal hall. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be an option if you are just starting out and are on a budget. Instead, see if you can find a church or club that has space that is not always in use. You may have to practice early or late in the day, but there are generally Pas in both areas. You can also use your own basement, garage, or the space of a friend. You can do some simple soundproofing by adding blankets or carpets to the walls, floors, and doors.
How to Find the Right Sounds System
If you are just rehearsing in a small rehearsal space, you do not need a sound system that would stand up to a huge concert. You just need amps for vocals and acoustic instruments. Your drum, bass guitar with an amp, and any electric guitars with amps should be fine not micced up. You can get an eight-challenge PA head, which is enough for vocals, keyboards, and a few acoustic instruments for less than $500. Feel free to stop by South Bay Jewelry & Loan or give us a call at (310) 371-4571 to see if we have a deal on something that can work for you.
Start Slow and Remember to Have Fun
One of the most important things to remember is that you are there to have fun. It may take a while for you to gain your first fan who is not related to you. It may take time for you to get enough money to buy your amps. Whatever the process, know that at South Bay Jewelry & Loan we have a unique assortment of things that could be a huge help to you.