Quick Guide to Bards
Race: You really can make pretty much anything work. If you plan on doing a lot of damage, a small character will be tougher, but if you are going to try to be primarily a caster bard, some of the best choices, like gnomes, are small.

Ability Scores: You will need CHA for casting. Other than that, it will depend on your focus. Ranged characters will want DEX, melee characters need STR, and if you will be near combat you will want CON to boost your HP.

First Feat(s): Combat feats, like Point Blank Shot, Power Attack, or Combat Reflexes are good. You can also go for weapon proficiency if you want to be flavorful and take an exotic weapon. You can also boost your skills by taking some feats like Skill Focus. Bonuses to Perform may be helpful.

Equipment: You'll want a weapon or two. At a minimum, take a light weapon and a ranged weapon. A specialty weapon like a net or a whip may work well for some bards, too, and bards can take normal weapons too. You will also want armor, but don't get anything too cumbersome. As a bard, you will also need to buy any instruments or other objects your class features require you to use. Make sure you remember to include those!

Spells: Make sure you take a variety of spells. Avoid taking more than 1 or 2 spells that allow saves, for example, or multiple spells that only work on a specific type of enemy. Versatility is key for spontaneous casters.

Link to SRD: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/core-classes/bard
Link to full bard guide (3rd party): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1..._9pTIU4aE/edit