Rehearsal #2 was a much better day.
I spent a fair bit of time during the week getting familiar with the songs we had covered, and trying to work out basic harmonies for the Sheryl Crow song that I am backing on, so I felt a lot better prepared. As well, my mic was turned up a LOT more today, so I could hear myself sing. Makes a big difference.
We rang through "Take it easy", which I sing (it's better, but still struggling to keep the right notes on the low C and G harmonies). Most of the harmonies are much better, though, so a little more practice on those and I think we'll have it sounding ok.
Then we did "If it makes you happy". I pullded out the Strat for this (but had it turned way down
). The singer/guitarist has done this song before on a previous WW program, so she's comfortable with it. I've worked out some very basic harmonies, so just a case of hitting the note square, and figuring how much I need to pull off the mic.
Next was "Like Wow, Wipeout". I had actually said that I didn't mind if we dropped this one, as everyone was saying they were having problems with aspects of it, but all the guys were keen. The drummer today is a woman who is filling for us until we can see if we get a permanent replacement, otherwise she'll drum for us on the night. She wasn't familiar with the song, and the drums are pretty key to this song, so we took some time to get familiar (which helped me get to practice that pesky timing on the first line of vocals). By the end, it was sound much better as well!
By this time we really only had enough time to go through one new song. We did "Force of Nature" by Oasis. During the week, I'd done a fair bit of work on it, because it sits really nicely in my vocal range, and I enjoy singing it very much. Other than the bassist, the others didn't know the song, but we worked through it with our coach, and by the end, it sounded hot! I'm really looking forward to playing this song on the night.
So, homework for next week is working on another three songs (Use Somebody -- Kings of Leon; Eye of the Tiger -- Survivor; and I suggested that C, the singer/guitarist, sing another song, so she's going to do Early Warning -- Baby Animals, which she has also done in a previous WW program, so hopefully we can pull it together on the day (I wanted to get to play rythm guitar on another song, as well).
So, assuming these all work out, that looks like we have our seven for the night, and we can use the fourth (and final
) rehearsal solidifying those songs!
Hooley dooley, talk about a "fly by the seat of your pants" experience!
Next challenge for me: learning the lyrics. I have an AWFUL memory for lyrics. (I will take cheat sheets on the night, I think.)