Tuesday 20th September 2016
today we started practicing ‘Glitter & Gold’ by Rebecca Ferguson. I tought that todays rehearsal went really well because everyone knew there parts and everyone loved the song choice so that motivated everyone to learn the song and get it down. the sound of the band was great nobody was to loud or too quiet, because everyone was a wear of their own sound and tone and had the right sound they needed for the song.
during the rehearsal we listened to the song when we weren’t sure of what happened in the song or we weren’t sure of the structure of the track, while we were listening to the song Cara wrote the structure on the board in the booth so we could look back to it when we were unsure of the song.
with our song choices we have got 2 definite songs that we have collectively chosen as a band and these two songs are the Rebecca Ferguson song ‘Glitter & Gold’ and also ‘I Want It All’ by Queen. how we came to choose these songs was by sitting round a computer for the first couple of sessions and looking up song that could possibly be in our set list, we wrote down a few suggestions and decided on these two to start off with.
I contributed to the rehearsal by providing the track for everyone to listen to also helped with the structure of the song because I already had heard the song before.
my goals for the next rehearsal is to get the harmonies in singing on point and make sure they are tight with what Cara is singing.
Friday 23rd September 2016
in our rehearsal today we looked t a new song and also later on we looked into ‘glitter& Gold’ more in-depth.
we decided to look at a new song in our group chat that we created on Facebook, this enables up to talk about song choices and share ideas for what direction we want to take the band and if anyone had an idea they think might be useful for the band to make process then we can share it and everyone in the band can reply and have their opinion too. the new song that we decided to work on today that we had spoken about was one by The Beatles called Taxman. there were some mixed emotions about the song because not everyone liked the song well that version of the song because it is a very flat song in the sense that the vocal is extremely monotone and it doesn’t really go anywhere also the song in very much the same all the way through also the timing and phrasing of the lyrics was very strange and just didn’t seem to fit.
like the rehearsal before we listened to the song multiple times to figure out how it went and wrote the structure on the board so we all could look back at it.
after we went through taxman a couple of times we went back and worked on Glitter & Gold so we could get the song tighter and gig ready.
Tuesday 27 September 2016
today in our rehearsal we came to a conclusion as a group that trying to pick the right songs for greed was proving difficult and there were still mixed emotions about taxman. although there are many other versions of taxman we weren’t sure it was the right sung for our set and it didn’t quite fit with the sound that we were looking for. with this we decided to work on the more difficult songs first so then it gives up more time to work on them, these 2 songs would be I Want It All and our composition.
after we all agreed on this idea we started to look at the composition, we started the composition by throwing ideas back and forth and eventually choosing a key signature to write the song in and straight away george came up with some chords to start the ball rolling, not lang after Eddie had made a bass line and nye had started twiddling around over what george was playing.
my contribution to this session was helping Cara come up with the right melody line and helping with lyrics and phrasing of what she would be singing, while we were doing this and the band were playing I recorded the track on my phone so i could send it to the group chat later on, also so we could go back and listen to it in the next rehearsal so we wouldn’t forget it.
Friday 30th September 2016
Today we didn’t have a proper rehearsal because we had a show and tell where we had to perform one of the songs that we had ben working on and rehearsing the past couple of weeks.
we had an half an hour rehearsal in the morning before lunch so we could go over some final touches before we played it to the tutors and the rest of the class. what we did in this rehearsal was go over our song that we had chosen to perform which was Glitter & Gold by Rebecca Furgerson. i feel like the rehearsal went well because we always have a good way to practise the songs by doing it section by section and going through it thuraley and making sure we get it right every time.
Tuesday 4th October 2016
in todays rehearsal we worked on the composition because Nye and George were on a Uni open day. what we did was listen to some tracks that Eddie had been working on to find one we all thought would fit well for us and also fit in with the greed theme.
one of the tracks that we listen to cough on to us all and we knew as soon as we heard it that that was the one and we all loved it. so what we did was Eddie taught us what the parts were and showed me what the guitar did as i was just filling in while the two guitarists were away so we could jam it and get a feel for the song and get to know it a bit better for when the boys get back so we could show them the song.
Friday 7th October 2016
this week we have nye and George back thankfully! todays rehearsal concept of the rest of the band talking to George and nye and telling them what went on last rehearsal when we picked a composition, so we showed them the song and they worked out their parts. prier to the rehearsal e had mentioned about the composition on our Facebook group chat that we had to be able to discus out of college and plan for the next rehearsal so then had an idea of what had gone on in the session.
after nye and George had listened to the song a few times they had got their parts so we started on working out a structure by jamming and working out what would go best where and working on the dynamics to diffiranciate between choruses and verses, while we were on with this cara started writing lyrics once she got the right melody line.
for the next rehearsal we plan on starting on our third song which we decided on being i want it all by queen so the plan is to learn our parts at home then start next rehearsal.
Tuesday 11th October 2016
today in our rehearsal we started to look at the queen song that we decided to look at the week before.
when we got in the booth me and cara had the idea to go up to the venue and look at the vocal parts and the harmonies so we could get them right without the band being loud over the track so we could hear all the parts in the song properly and so we could listen to what the harmonies where doing. also this gave the band time to go through the song and work out their parts section by section while we weren’t there.
when me and cara went to the venue i took my guitar so i could play the chords while we sang the parts and also work out the right harmonies, we also took my phone so we could play the original song to go off for the vocals and also a vocals only track.
after a while of going through the vocals and the song we went back down to the booth to try the song with the band and to see how far they had gotten with what they were gonna work on.
for the next rehearsal we agreed on working on the second verse because we said that were gonna do a verse a week to make the song easier to learn.
Friday 14th October 2016
this rehearsal we continued to work on the queen song as a full band and we went through the song section by section slowly and kept going over the parts that weren’t quite right or the parts we weren’t quite sure on also so we could get the structure bang on. because ut is such a big song and so powerful and well known we had to put a lot of work into it which is why we are taking so much care on it making sure every part we do is correct and that we have that part right before me move on to the next.
we also went through glitter and gold to refresh our minds of the song and see if there was anything we could improve on the song for example dynamics and levels. the first time we went through it it was a bit sloppy so we went through it a couple of times and worked on what needed working on and also making sure all the stops ect were on point and all the band knew where to stop and where to come bach in too.
for the following session we are going to work on the composition an the queen song.
i hope to have gotten the harmonies and the phrasing right for the queen song in the next rehearsal.
Tuesday 18th October 2016
in out session today we started off by working on out composition, the band played through the song and cara carried on writing lyrics that she started laSt rehearsal. while she was singing along with the band I was listening to where I would put harmonies and working out what the harmonies where.
We spent half the rehursal on the composition and the other half we continued to work on the Queen song. we started looking at the 2nd verse, this verse took a little longer thank the other verse because it has a different strumming patten and the phrasing is different too on the verse so it took a little longer to work it out.
In the rehursal we had worked on everything that we said we wanted to work on and we had got further than we thought we would.
Friday 21st October 2016
In this rehursal we started off doingour composition again working more on the dynamics and how we could make the song the best we could and make it sound massive. to Finnish the rehursal we worked on the 3Rd verse of I want it all. after we had finished our composition we moved on to the queen song and we got through the 3Rd verse and also we worked on the into too.
Seen as though we had worked through all the sections of the song we went from the beginning and played through the song for the 1St time and it sounded pretty good but still has a lot of work to be done on it.
To end the rehursal we played glitter and gold to keep it fresh in our minds.
For the next rehursal we had decided to get the queen song down and get all the sections finished properly.
Friday 4th November 2016
Last Friday we had a show and tell where we played the 2 songs that we had been working on over the past couple of weeks to be able show our progress in our bands.
Over all we got given good criticism not all of it was good but we knew what we needed to work on so we knew what to do in our next rehursal.
So in this session a we worked more on I want it all because that was the one the tutors gave the mostly bad comments on so we worked on what they said to correct the wrongs. one of the things we needed to work on for example was the ending because we hadn’t really got one because we hadn’t looked at it Properly a so that’s what we mostly looked at today.to begin work on our song we went over the track from the beginning and worked through the song section by section until we got to the ending where it needed more focus, we needed to get it so it is a smooth transition from one part to the next which is actually what we need to do with the whole of this song because it is were weird and scattered round much like many queen songs there’s alot going on.
Later on in the session we worked on the second song we played which was the composition, we went back on what the tutors said we could look at and improve.
My goal for the next rehursal:
-To work on my harmonies by listening to the original track of the vocals only track and make sure they are right.
Friday 8th November 2016
In this rehursal we carried on with working other 2 songs we played another show and tell to perfect then even further.
We started by working on I want it all again and looking at the dynamics between verses and chourses and also the double time middle 8 that we needed a nice smooth transition into. what we realised we went doing was playing less in the verses and quieter which we finally did and then when the chorus came in it sounded massive and so much better! the accapella into needed alot of work too which we seamed to pick up pretty quick.with all of the band singing the into too it sounded even better.
The other so g we carried on with was the original we wrote which to be honest was really good it justice thatlittle bit of tightening up..
In put next rehursal weave decided to work on the rework.
Friday 28th November 2016
Today in our rehursal we focused on our radical Rework whixh we had decided to be money by the flying lizard.
Prayer to our rehursal we had even through the song a couple of times to try and get the right feel for the song and the right kind of genre to fit with our other songs we have. when had listed to alot of different covers that different artists had done and we landed one one by a guy called Barrett Strong, we liked this cover the best because it was swung and it had alot more depth to it than the original song. we started of by listening to that version to try and get an idea of what we were gonna do and we decoded that we would make it more bluesy and add some solos in to the mix for example a sax solo and we also half timed it so it was slower and had a better feel to it.
One of the hardest things in this song is the lyrics and the phrasing because the original is very monotone as if they where just talking instead of singing so we had to work out how we were gonna do that and we did.
Another end of the rehursal we said that this is the song that we needed to work on alot in the next rehursal.
Tuesday 1st December 2016
We only have a few rehursal left so every bit of rehursal time we have is crucial.
So in this session we are mainly looking at money and the 2 that need the most work which is I want it all and the composition. when we were running through the queen song one of the tutors came in and had a listen after we had gone through the song he commented on the harmonies in the opening intro and that they weren’t quite right, so he showed us what we should doing and he helped alot because it sounded so much tighter.
We talked about the next rehursal because it will be an all day one so we needed to split the time Wisley see we were gonna go through the set list.
The aim for our next rehursal is to have money gig ready and finished.
Thursday 2nd December 2016
Today we have an all day rehursal become gig is in a few days.
The first thing we did when we got in the booth is write what was gonna happen in the rehursal on the white boards we wrote the set list and which songs we were gonna do in this rehursal. we also wrote down what we needed to work on after we had finished the song so we could go back and fix it.
Set list order:
Glitter and gold – Rebecca furgeson
Money – radical rework
Diggin’ for gold – original
I want it all – queen
So the first song we ran through was glitter and gold which we hadn’t been through in a while so we expected to have a couple of slip ups and we did so we just wrote it on the board and came back to it.after a few time of running through and refreshing our minds it sounded really good and tight, one thing we worked on was the dynamics to make sure everyone wasn’t to loud in the verses and playing over the singer.
Money was the song we needed to do the most work on,so we started by just playing the song through and it actually sounded really good and everyone was pleased with it the one thing we needed to look at was the ended where we didn’t quite know what we was gonna do buy after going over it it came together.
So in the second half of the rehursal we worked on the composition and I want it all.
The composition actually didn’t need much work we just needed to go through it and make sure it was all good and ready. we quickly moved on to the queen song and we staterd off with the accapella intro which we had been shown it took a couple of minutes to get our noyes again but we found them pretty quickly.
We again worked on the dynamics of the song and the transitions between sections. as we near the end of the rehursal we started thinking about what we were going to wear for the gig and what the lighting was gonna be like.
What we came up with is that we are all going to wear suits ties and black trousers but we were each gonna wear a different colours tie. also we came up with the idea to throw confettie out on our last song to give it a even bigger set.
Monday 5th December 2016
So for the gig our band has been asked to play a Christmas song to finish the night with.
So we have chosen to do Fairytale of New York. we starter working on this last friday but we didn’t get too far so we decided on our group chat that we would cone in today and get on with it.
Before lunch we went into a booth and went over the song section by section and it all went into place because everyone knew their parts.
Me and cara worked out the harmonies and who was singing which sections and over all it went well.