How to Start an R&B Group

by Claudia Stanic
The possibilities for your R&B music group are endless.

The possibilities for your R&B; music group are endless.

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R&B; music stands for rhythm and blues. The style of music emerged in the United States in post-World War II within the African American community. The genre combines the raw emotion of traditional blues music with polished voices and rhythms. Today's R&B; music has evolved to include pop music influences. The R&B; group you start might recall the sounds of legends such as The Supremes or it may invoke the modern flair of favorites such as Mariah Carey and Rihanna.

Step 1

Figure out which instruments you want to include in your group. R&B; music often involves pianos, keyboards, drums and guitars.

Step 2

Find people who play the instruments you want in your group by placing advertisements in the newspaper and online sites such as Craigslist. Another way to find potential group members is to place flyers around town. In the advertisements, mention that you want to start an R&B; group, list the instruments you want to include and provide your phone number or email address.

Step 3

Hold auditions for the people that respond to the advertisement. If many people respond, prequalify people for the audition by talking with them over the phone or ask if they have a recording of themselves playing. Ask the potential group members what their goals are and how long they have played their respective instruments.

Step 4

Let the people you selected know they made the R&B; group by calling or emailing them. Wait to notify the unsuccessful candidates until you have confirmation from your first choice group members. If someone backs out, you can select another person.

Step 5

Schedule a time for the group members to practice. Vote on a group name during the first practice. Once your R&B; group has a name, it will be official.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that members have the same goals as you. For instance, if you just want an R&B; group to have fun and jam, avoid selecting members that want to play shows and record records.

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