Four Steps In Making A Great Album

So you probably have a band put together and you have the basics: a vocalist, a guitar player, a second guitar player, a bassist and a drummer. With you as the vocalist, you can never go wrong, right?

Well, that may be true when you are covering songs by some of your favorite artists. But have you ever thought of writing your own music, making your own songs and eventually releasing your own album?

This is an idea that seemed to be so far-fetched in the past, but with all the technology in our hands today, anything is possible. If you want to make a great album, you have all the great tools in front of you. You just need to know where to start.

• Explore music – First things first, no matter how great and technical your other band mates are, you really won't get anywhere if you can't jive with one another in the musical sense. You need to find out each other's musical interests. Then together you can explore the music that each of you like and then maybe play some tunes together to see how much of a genre you can actually pull off.

There are many jazz artists today who thought they might have ended up in a rock band. But they didn't and they are quite successful with what they love today.

• Practice – Practice makes perfect. You may not have written a song yet but there are a lot of simple songs that you can play that are written by other great musicians. By practicing these songs together with your band mates, you might even discover new ways to play songs and perhaps even develop some writing skills along the way as well. Of course, this doesn't mean that you can copy a song entirely and then just change the lyrics.

The point of practice is to find out what different styles of play are out there and which ones your band members are comfortable with. The beauty of it is that you may learn to innovate on certain playing and singing styles. This is why you should never stop practicing as a band.

• Learn the notes – There are many musicians out there who are quite successful but unfortunately do not know how to actually read notes or read music. This is actually a shame because you can take your music to a whole new level if you know how to read and write musical notes. If you haven't learned already, ask a friend or even take a course in music. This will help you write your songs on both a technical and musical level.

• Keep all your ideas – Some people will tell you that when writing a song, you should get rid of all the bad ideas. But when writing music, there really never is a bad idea. It depends on how you approach an idea.

• If you have trouble with writing one song, set it aside and then try writing another one. Later on you may find yourself going back to the song that you wrote earlier because you have an idea for it. Remember to keep all your ideas.