A phase that young teenagers often go through is starting a garage band. While you may be opposed to the idea at first, a band can keep your teen out of trouble. Not only that, but encouraging your child could lead him on the road to success. Whether you make room for the band in your garage or record videos for YouTube, there are ways to support your child’s garage band.
Have a Garage Sale to Make Room
Being open to the idea of your child having a garage band isn’t that strange. After all, you’ll know where he is each evening and won’t have to worry about the trouble he’s getting into. To help embrace his new interest, help him clear the garage and have a sale to get rid of all the unused items. It can be a great way to clear the clutter and raise some money.
Use the Money From the Sale for Equipment
If you want to further encourage your child, use the money from the sale to purchase some equipment. Until you’re sure that he’s going to stick with the band, you may want to purchase used equipment from a pawn shop. This will also help the money go farther. You might be able to also invest in some used recording equipment.
Create a Soundproofed Area
Chances are you won’t want to hear your child’s band all the time and your neighbor’s certainly won’t. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in soundproofing the garage or basement with some green glue and extra drywall. This will allow for hours of practice and jam sessions without anyone being put out by all the noise. This is something you can do yourself or have professionally done.
Put Videos on YouTube
While not every YouTube star gets a recording contract, it’s not uncommon. Recording your child’s jam sessions could lead the bad to fame, even if it’s only with the ladies at school. Either way, it can be a great way to show your child that you support their hobby. By the way, you should get permission from the other parents before posting the video.
Make Shirts for the Band
Last, but not least, use the band’s logo to create t-shirts for the band. If the band becomes a big hit at school, the t-shirts could be sold online through stores like CafePress. The money could go to further their careers at musicians. You could even expand the line to include backpacks, hats, notepads, and much more.
Chances are most teen garage bands will only last a few months so why not show support? Even if the band does turn into a long-term gig, it could lead your child to fame by being discovered on YouTube.
About the Author: Penny Cash has two very ambitious teen boys. They swear they’re going to enter the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame some day. She will take out her ear plugs when they make it!