THE BAND (PART 2): THE EQUIPMENT
week we covered formation and foundation of a band. This week
is all about the equipment.
band is now up and running. You're beginning to churn out the
tunes like a well oiled machine.
you have even attempted one or two original pieces. It's decision
you stay as a fun band, playing for self satisfaction only? Or
do you take the next step up and see what you can make out if
those squarely in the latter, your first task will be to pick
up some serious equipment and get used to using it.
is a crucial time in your bands life. Some serious group decisions
will need to be made. Have a band meeting to discuss the matter
sure everyone has a voice. Most importantly, remember that solid
equipment is the most important thing after the talent of the
equipment you go for will depend on the type of music you play.
Do your research thoroughly!
Tips recommends guitarists look at Ibanez, a Marshall stack, and
Digitech or Boss multi effects racks. Make sure you are careful
with your choice of PA equipment.
"One of the most important aspects of your overall sound
is your PA equipment. Simply put, it is a set of speakers (large
ones, small ones, foldback ones) and a sound mixer to plug it
all into. My personal recommendation is to have all players
go through their usual amp equipment but turned down slightly.
Then plug everyone into the PA equipment and have someone mix
the sound for you from their position. " - Chris Elmore;
owner of Guitar Tips Online.
should also think about running everyone through the PA system
after running them through their own equipment. This will create
a good overall sound.
rumor that PA systems are only for vocalists is not true. Get
everyone plugged into the PA system and make sure that you have
someone in the know at the mixing unit.
job is to ensure that all band members are in the right place
and at the right level in the overall sound. Here are some general
tips for producing a clear sound:
Guitarist: Must be loud during his lead breaks.
Guitar: Always follow the drummer's bass drum
Guitar: Not be too loud
Ensure that a foldback amplifier and speakers are placed next
to them so they can hear the band in front of them
Always the most important. Must be clearly heard above everyone
all volumes on your guitars slightly lower as it prevents
feedback from amps.
that you must be confident and familiar with your equipment before
you try a live gig.
performing in front of friends and/or family first. Once you are
comfortable with your performance, it's time to try your hand
at a live gig in front of the ever-demanding public eye!