An essential guide to starting a band, writing your first song and getting on the road to rock stardom by Ian Edwards.
Becoming a good musician is a life decision for many. It takes years and years to get somewhere near good, can cost you an absolute fortune and I can pretty much guarantee it will dominate your relationships. So what is the point in all that hassle?
It’s pretty simple really, when you think about it. It’s all about passion. Learning about music and becoming a musician is a passionate affair that, given the right space, will last a lifetime. But getting good takes time, knowledge and plenty of practise. Forming a band or deciding to be a solo artist is not a decision that can be taken lightly. And as for getting out and gigging or booking out a recording studio, well it can be a minefield.
With passion and time also comes hard work. Getting good at anything is hard, and music is no exception. Don’t be fooled by those mind-blowing performances you have witnessed from your heroes. They didn’t get that good by being lazy and it wasn’t a gift from above either, the most talented musicians have a good work ethic. However, many of them are very good at making you believe it’s all too easy!
There are two other areas to consider; fun and money. If playing music is not fun then why are you doing it? Music can be the ultimate form of self-expression and humans love to show off. Music is also something that can be done in a group, and this can be even more fun. Recording or performing a piece of music that you have just written and arranged is a truly life-enhancing experience. As for making a few quid out of music, well it has been known to happen. Careers in music are many and varied, so don’t presume that it’s the Top Ten or bust. Many musicians make a good living out of their craft in a myriad of different ways.
This continual search is what this blog is all about; from giving advice on writing your first song to putting together your first national tour, this book will guarantee you the best advice in a way that’s guaranteed to get you and your band moving in the right direction. So keep 'em peeled over the next weeks and months for advice on creating your musical future.
What are you waiting for? Lets nail it!