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Ok....here comes the word vomit. I warn you this will have no structure to it because I really don't know how I can explain this in a simple way because the whole situation is sort of complicated and I kinda need to explain it all.
I know this isn't really a music forum...but I just wanted to know what my fellow bored of studies people think.
Lets get right into it..
Ok, so in the summer holidays me and a friend decided we wanted to create a band. I sort of instigated it though because for a long time I have wanted to be a part of a band and she could play an instrument so I thought why not just do it? SO anyway, for a while it was just us two, then like last week we found two more people who could join with us. Now we are a 4 piece girl band and we like it this way but we have some slight problems...
So we have 3 guitarists...or rather 2 and a half. I couldn't say no to one of my best friends and she is soooo eager to learn guitar because she has wanted to for a long time, so we just let her join. I'm going to teach her, and tbh I've been playing for 4 years, but only in the last 12-18 months I've really improved a hell of a lot because I got a way better guitar and was motivated to play heaps more, so maybe if I teach her the way I learnt to play she could pick it up pretty quick? We aren't rushing anything at this stage anyway. But I remember when i started playing guitar at school in year 7, i picked it up really quickly and for music in year 8 got full marks for my guitar assessment doing one of the harder songs while the rest of the class did the easiest...the bass part of smoke on the water.

anyhoo! so yeah problems...
We haven't assigned anyone guitar parts, we have our drummer sorted out -but guitar and bass...well we don't really have any specified roles yet.
I'm not super amazing at guitar-im no slash...not even close lol, yeah I can learn songs quickly using chords, i rarely use tabs unless I need to but i cant shred it out like the lead guitarists in most bands do.
I was considering being lead because Im the most experienced guitarist, and also because I sort of feel like the leader because I put us together (I hate admitting that though because i feel so bad). oh and it kinda hurts when I think of giving lead to someone else...but i just don't know if I'm super capable of being lead or not.
Then I considered rhythm, but i'm not sure. Like i play chords and stuff all the time, but I was wondering what my friend who I'm teaching will do, because I sort of had the idea of giving that to her because its easy. and i was considering making her bassist, but she really really wants to learn guitar and she is getting one really soon.
One of my friends can apparently only play tabs and sucks at chords...and I was thinking, maybe she could be lead? BUT I REALLY DONT KNOW IF I WANT TO GIVE LEAD TO HER AND I KNOW THIS SOUNDS SO TERRIBLE, BUT I JUST SIFKSJNDVSK
tbh he haven't even heard each other play properly yet.
anyway, I was also considering bass. I was like, I could either be a guitarist or a bassist. although I just don't know which one to be. I haven't learnt bass before, none of us know bass actually. my friend who plays tabs was thinking of doing bass, but then i thought if she does bass, it would be really really simple stuff...and i thought maybe because I learn quickly I could take up bass? BUT I REALLY DONT KNOW OMG!!! like, apparently you need strong fingers for bass? and i think maybe i would have the strongest fingers bc i play guitar everyday and I can somewhat handle barre chords and stuff. but i am not that good with barre chords.
heeeeelp! i know this probably sounds so incredibly stupid but i need help, advice, tips, anything!
Any of you guys out there in a band?
I NEED UR HELP!
I would probably be lead singer though...apparently tab girl cant sing, my other friend won't admit she can sing, and our drummer says she can sing a bit. i don't know if I'm amazing at singing, but people have said I'm quite good..idk
ANYWAY! Let me just recap bc that was a lot to take in:

- we are an all girl band..who play instruments...groups inspiration is 5SOS and my inspirations are all time low, fall out boy, and i also really love black sabbath and iron maiden and led zeppelin and like actual rock.
- we so far, have 3 people who either can/ or are very determined to learn guitar.
- we have not sorted out our roles for guitar yet. We were thinking of having : Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar.
- Should I play Bass? Or Should I play Guitar? (we would probably be pop rock...unless i can convince my friends to do a bit more rock-ish stuff)
- If I should play guitar, should I be lead or rhythm?
- any tips to improve a pretty alright singing voice to become like amazing idk.

i don't know if i forgot anything...
im so incredibly sorry for the length of this and how unorganised this is. i just needed to explain it all >.<
i told you it would be word vomit.

if you can provide me with any help, tips etc. PLEASE DO! And thank you in advance.
 

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You should do vocals and lead guitar. Your tab friends should be rhythm. Your friend who can't play guitar should play bass.

You should however, scrap the both of them and get an actual guitarist and bassist.

If you want to sing better, get lessons.
 

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You should do vocals and lead guitar. Your tab friends should be rhythm. Your friend who can't play guitar should play bass.

You should however, scrap the both of them and get an actual guitarist and bassist.

If you want to sing better, get lessons.
I thought rhythm did chords though, thats what a lot of other people seem to say.
Apparently lead fills in the melody, usually single string plucking stuff, licks, riffs and solos.
Rhythm does the chords which fits with the voices.
And bass works with the drums to keep a solid rhythm... but I feel so bad to make my friend play bass bc she really wants guitar and I know once she can actually play she will be great! She is so motivated, you have no idea.
If those two end up quitting, then we will get an actual bassist and guitarist, but I don't have the heart to tell them to leave without giving them a proper chance. Like its been 2 years since I've actually played instruments with a group bc the last time i did any of that was during music classes at school. So I have no idea how I will actually do strumming with another guitarist playing (since I'm so used to doing it on my own...in my room...alone....), I scared I will completely mess up...maybe I should do bass o_O I DONT KNOW >.<
me has no money for singing lessons.... :( :3
 

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This band is for fun, I need a break from school, like sorry, but I've always wanted to make music.
I think it is good you are keeping a balance, just make sure you get all your homework and assessment tasks done on time and you should be sweet to go:)
 

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I think it is good you are keeping a balance, just make sure you get all your homework and assessment tasks done on time and you should be sweet to go:)
yeah we would. this is something to de-stress with (well sort of, i think it would be kinda stressful at times too) but we really just wanted to have this thing that we can do to get away from our regular boring lives every now and then. :3
 

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in all honesty, if you make a band with a group that unorganised then you'll end up doing more hanging out rather than actually playing music (speaking from experience). If you want to get better at your instrument and actually piece together some music with others then you need to find musicians at your level or better. Anything other than that will feel like a waste of time after the first few sessions you play together, you really won't enjoy it until you can get through an entire song or improv a solid jam.
 

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in all honesty, if you make a band with a group that unorganised then you'll end up doing more hanging out rather than actually playing music (speaking from experience). If you want to get better at your instrument and actually piece together some music with others then you need to find musicians at your level or better. Anything other than that will feel like a waste of time after the first few sessions you play together, you really won't enjoy it until you can get through an entire song or improv a solid jam.
I know we are super unorganised :( well, I guess we could just jam together for a bit, see how everyone goes. I do also want to help the other two guitar players because they arent as good as me and id like to see them become pretty good players. Idk i just felt like helping them as well. I do reckon though, that once we actually do improve, we could be good. At the moment we are doing it for fun until everyone becomes more confident with their instruments. Then we will start to do more stuff. We are all determined to somehow make this work :3
Me and the drummer considered looking for proper bassist/guitarists but we literally know nobody who can play instruments. These girls were the best we could find.
 

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Maiden has three guitarists, so you could try that, but then you would be lacking a bass player. You could try cycling through the bass during a jam and giving the others a feel for the instrument.
 

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