Band Rehearsal: 31/05/17

This band session was not the normal routine. The guitarist of our band doesn’t want to play the end of year gig and things just didn’t work when me and the drummer tried to put something together. In result of this, I decided not to do the end of year gig which made me really upset.

After opening up to Gabby about what was going on, she suggested to just make a new band for the sake of the gig. I decided to ask Sophie Percival if she wanted to join and be a second vocalist, Tom Dunphy to play Bass, Luke Linden-Smith to play Guitar and Gabby Griffith-Mortimer to play the drums. They have all agreed to join and are all pretty excited to get started!

Our first band practice will be on Tuesday 6th June: 1:30-3:00.

Some songs I have already suggested are ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore and ‘Shout At The Moon’ by Mallory Knox.


Band Rehearsals: 19/05/17

Before this band rehearsal, we were all informed that we still needed to complete a songwriting task so we focused on that instead of writing material for the up coming end of year gig.

The task was to take an existing poem, re arrange it and make a song out of it. I really wanted to get it all finished and sorted in this lesson so I decided to grab an acoustic guitar and fiddle around with some basic chords and just make a nice acoustic soft song.

After I figured out where I wanted the lyrics to go and how I wanted the guitar to come across, we recorded the guitar first, then my vocals.

After this, Jack recorded the percussion which was some shaker eggs and the cajon.

At this point of the lesson, we ran out of time for Chris to lay down a lead guitar so he will be continuing with that in his own time and have the whole track cleaned up and polished by the time we have our next practice.

Next band session we plan to have some more of our original done that we were working in previously.

Band Rehearsal Update- 18/01/17

Today’s rehearsal was amazing! Our main focus today was working on the cover ‘Carousel’.

We got Gabby in to play bass which really ties everything altogether because it gets rid of that empty atmosphere we struggled to fill.

The bass has a really cool effect on it so it almost sounds like its being played backwards (its fading in but hey it still sounds good!)

We also played with the structure a little bit. The idea is to create a build up of everyones instrument 8 bars at a time. Ideally this will happen just after the bridge.

Chris our guitarist found a preset on his pedal that sounds like a carnival clown like sound which makes it even creepier and weirder which is exactly the sound we are going for!

Next session we hope to finish the cover completely and start working on the original.

Band Rehearsal Update- 6/01/17

During this band rehearsal, we accomplished most if not all of our targets.

We split the session into two halves, this being originals and covers. We managed to roughly finish the cover of “Carousel” by Melanie Martinez.

The original writing process has started and we have found the sound we want to use, that being electronic and ambient but sometimes drifting into a rock vibe.

Next lesson we hope to progress within the original writing as well as learning more about how to achieve our sound.