Whether you want to find your groove or start a band, one of the first things you will need to do is to narrow down what genre you should play. This can give you some direction about the kind of songs that you should be rehearsing or even composing. Now, unfortunately, this isn’t the easiest thing to figure out.
For starters, just because you listen to a particular genre doesn’t mean you can automatically recreate it. Sometimes, your talents and songwriting skills may lie elsewhere. Of course, there is no need to stick to just one category either. There are plenty of artists who have successfully covered popular songs, resulting in an excellent cross-genre phenomenon. In fact, these days it isn’t uncommon to find very differing musicians collaborating together to create an entirely new sound.
That being said, when you are first starting out, it’s a good idea to stick with just one genre, just so you will have an easier time finding your rhythm. Here are some ways you can test this out sooner rather than later:
Experimenting with Your Favorite Genre
Now, as already mentioned, just because you love a certain genre doesn’t actually mean it’s for you. Sometimes, this category of music may not be a good fit for the way you play. However, your preferred type of music can be a good place to start. Try playing some of your favorite songs and see how you feel – does the rhythm, tempo or anything else match up with what you can do?
When focusing on your favorite genre, it is a good idea to experiment a little. For instance, if you love rock music, there are quite a few sub-categories to choose from. This means that with a little research, you may find what you are good at playing. Another thing to keep in mind when testing the waters with your preferred category is to avoid emulating your heroes too much. After all, the world already has one Bob Dylan, it doesn’t really need another.
What Is Your Preferred Instrument?
Another way you can narrow down your choices is by figuring out what instrument you love playing the most. If you love to strum your acoustic guitar, you may find that classical music and country music are right up your alley. On the other hand, if you prefer to play in the rhythm section of a band and are a bass guitar fanatic, then rock, jazz, experimental, and pop are all excellent options to dabble in. As you can imagine, if you are a drums enthusiast then you pretty much have your pick of all genres.
What Is Your Personality Like?
A lot of experts have looked into the link between music and personality to see if such a thing exists. There is actually a large body of evidence that proves that, in fact, it does. For example, if you have an outgoing personality, then jazz, blues, country, rap, and reggae may be good categories for your style. If you are more introverted, however, rock and classical music could be a better fit for you. Those that have a love of theatre and performance will find that genres such as heavy metal can help cater to this need.
These are just a few ideas that can help you get started on your journey. In the end, though, it’s a matter of trying your hand at all options that interest you – and even some that don’t – just to see what’s compatible with your style. This is the only real way to find your true sound.
Natalie grew up in a household where music was always played and enjoyed. This helped spark her love of guitars at a young age and encouraged her to pursue a career in music. Today, she shares her stories, knowledge, and research with anyone who will listen.