If you’re trying to launch your career in music by starting up a cover band, you’ve honestly made a great choice. Just getting together to play is the best possible way for a group of musicians to feel each other out and find out what their strengths and weaknesses are when playing together. While many cover acts focus on one band in particular, you’ll probably feel a lot less restricted if you branch out. When it comes to finding music that is both easier to play while also reaching as wide a range of potential new fans as possible, you should try to learn as many pop songs as you possibly can.
First of all, most pop music is fairly simple in its structure. The basic arrangements are easy to master. There won’t be that much room for error or areas of the songs where certain members of the band will end up drawing a blank. That’s especially true of big hits that everyone has heard again and again. The more ingrained a song is, the easier it will be to play. Having a list of pop song favorites to play together will make sure that you’re getting as much positive playtime together as you can. Struggling to make more complex, niche music work will put a lot of strain on your practice sessions.
Once you’ve gotten serious enough to start pursuing gigs, you’ll also be able to cast a wider net if you have a lot of pop music in your set list. The most obscure material will be harder to latch onto for anyone in the audience. If you want everyone to have a good time, think of your band’s role in a cover set like a DJ. You want everyone in the audience to enjoy themselves as much as possible. That means not having to focus in on every single note, key change, and transition from one part of a song to the next if they’re only hearing it for the first time.
While you can eventually start playing more complex music or original material, working on pop music as a cover band is a great way to get started. By merely giving you some solid material that’s already been time tested to work with and enjoy playing, you’ll be able to easily develop camaraderie as a band. It’s a great way to test the waters, and you’ll even pull in a bunch more fans at the beginning!