Let's face it - when we hear the first note of a rock song for the first time, it drives us crazy. Think back to when you were a kid, playing air guitar in your bedroom, banging your head and practicing your power stance in front of the mirror. Some people eventually grow out of this stage, But others keep dreaming.

At first, it may be an annoyance. You loved music so much, you decided to take lessons. And then it hits you - damn, this takes practice. Eventually, however, it does pay off. Us musicians find people we can work with, and we've been in our fair share of those high school bands. And we keep dreaming that the band will make it big. If you start early enough, there are steps that can be taken to try and make reaching for the stars a reality, so that one day, your children's children will be sitting in their room, listening to that first rock song...

1. Practice, Practice, Practice!

We all know that saying - "Practice makes perfect!" The truth is, it does (or as close as you can get to perfect). Aim to practice general exercises or rudiments for at least 20 minutes every day. Afterwords, play along to a few of your favourite songs!

2. Write

If you've spent years practicing, along the way you've done some fiddling around here and there trying to develop your own music. Writing itself comes along with practicing, especially along with your favourite songs. Although frustrating at first, your own masterpiece will follow soon after!

3. Band-Mates

If you haven't already, its time to find like-minded musicians who share the same taste and style that you have. If you already have a band ready to go, then you shouldn't run into any problems here!

4. Finding Shows

When your band is first starting out, it can really be a challenge to find decent shows to play. Keep in mind that you're going to have to pay your dues and start small, but it can pay off in the end.

To find shows at the local club level, try going down to the club with your band and speaking to the manager or owner. Usually he or she can try and throw you onto a bill right then and there, or at least get back to you about putting your band in the proper show.

If your band is already playing locally and you want to expand out into other regions, physically going to places to talk to the owners is virtually impossible, and sending introductory emails is often to informal and odd. It is also a lot of work, especially if you're planning a tour of sorts. If this is the case, it would definitely be wise to hire a booking agent or band manager to make all of the arrangements for you. The great part is, a lot of these agents work for you for free, and get paid out of a cut from the money made at the venue. Having a booking agent is by far an essential part of having a serious band who is looking for some serious shows!

5. Record

Of course, the whole point of being in a band is having a medium to share your music! Once you've written your music and played shows to allow the general public to become familiar with your songs and your band as a whole, its time to hit the studio. Be sure to shop around for those offering the best deals for studio time. While you're there, record songs that your fans are familiar with, and throw in some new material as well, so your listening audience can become familiar with this as well.

Once your band has finished recording, get the disc mixed and mastered. Sell your albums at shows and on the internet to make money to help finance the band.

Finally, once you are happy with the finished material, send copies out to major record labels. If at first you don't succeed, be persistent, record some more, and try again!