Setting up your backline


  • Age: Any
  • Time: Ongoing
  • Skills: Basic music knowledge
  • Materials: : Access to backline (Guitar, Bass and Drums or whatever is required), Computer with internet connection
  • Outcomes: Gives ownership of events and provides skills development for setting up backline for events or your youth space.


How To

In this exercise we have provided a selection of different online tutorials to guide your needs and requirements.

Drum Kit


PA System:

Microphones in a mixer:

Guitar Amp

Bass Amp



Timelapse Set up:

In Ear Monitors:

It’s also important to be able to maintain your instruments! Here are some videos regarding tuning and restringing!

Drum Snare Tuning:

Tuning Toms:

Guitar Tuning:

Bass Guitar Tuning:

How to change strings:

Acoustic Guitar:

Electric Guitar:

Bass Guitar: https:


How to replace drum heads:

Sample Checklist for a Backline for a Gig!

Drum Kit

  • Bass Drum (and pedal)
  • Floor Tom
  • Rack Toms (min. 2)
  • Snare
  • Snare stand
  • Hi-hat (cymbals, stand and pedal)
  • Cymbals
  • Cymbal Stands
  • Drum Stool
  • Drum Sticks
  • Drum Key


  • Guitar Amp (one for each guitar)
  • Head and Cab or Combo
  • Bass Amp (one for each bass)
  • Head and Cab or Combo
  • Cables for connecting guitars to amps

PA System

  • Speakers
  • Stands for speakers (if required)
  • PA Input
  • Mixer
  • Microphones
  • Microphone Cables
  • Cables to connect speakers to PA
  • DI box (if required)


  • Extension Leads
  • Gaffa Tape
  • Microphone Stands