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Old 11-05-2015, 07:04 PM
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Reading the "Song endings - cover bands" thread, it made me think about our bands current attempt to make a continuity transition from a song to another song. Our leaders are telling us it shows professionalism and keeps the energy going.

I get that.... and I get their ultimate vision

but...

We are still in the basement rehearsing. We've never played out. We have our share of struggles with rehearsals. Some of the suggested transitions are head scratcher's. And like the other thread, we have not seriously mastered the endings of some songs. We are all over the place process wise on tackling the songs.

I'm going to have to speak up soon because we keep tackling the muddy slippery hill and not making much progress.

I believe my suggestion to them and the band will be... forgo working on the song transitions and just master the songs and play them well beginning to end. Figure out Good Starts and Endings. Once we get established and play the songs regularly with more confidence, THEN work on transitions.

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Old 11-05-2015, 07:22 PM
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Sounds logical to me.

I don't remember ever hearing a concert-goer say, 'Well, they screwed up the songs completely - but those transitions were sweet.'

Songs first. All else later.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:29 PM
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Couldn't agree more, get the songs going first, then worry about transitions.

transitions can be simple; have the band end and the drummer keep the beat going for a few bars, or maybe the bass player as well.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:29 PM
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. Figure out Good Starts and Endings. Once we get established and play the songs regularly with more confidence, THEN work on transitions.

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Logic dictates that you need to know the beginnings and ends before you try to transition.


In the future, don't move on to another song until you figure out the start and end of the one you are playing. Somebody has to make that call.
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Old 11-05-2015, 10:29 PM
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Just some questions:

How many people are in the band?

How long have you been rehearsing (and how frequently)?

How many songs do you have under your belt?
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:05 AM
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Just some questions:

How many people are in the band?

How long have you been rehearsing (and how frequently)?

How many songs do you have under your belt?
Drums, guitar, bass, Sax, 2 male singers, 1 female singer... Looking for keyboard.

Going on a year, once a week for 3 hours, with the core band and female singer.

We just found out the 3rd set of songs. We are aware of about 45 songs. About 15 well under our belt (we've gone through some personnel changes, causing hiccups in our progress.)
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:21 AM
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Get yourselves a gig...even if it means hosting a party to play at.

A gig forces you to sharpen up your act.

If you have any more personnel changes, use them to improve the quality of the band. It's a bit like culling the herd (my experience), it forces everyone else to lift their game.

And yes, worry about songs first before you get too clever.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:16 AM
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The only time I think medleys or segues work is near the end of a set, to keep the energy right up. Any other time doesn't seem to fit. The songs should be exactly the same tempo and feel, possibly the same key.

One example of a segue we do is Beatles 'Rock and Rock Music' followed by Boney Maroni'.
Imagine 'If you wanna dance with me (cha-cha-cha) .. I gotta girl named Boney Maroni'

Having said all that, I agree with the other posts. Learn individual songs first. Get some experience playing these before you try and make things too tricky.
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