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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Imagine How the World Could Be, So Very Fine



So, happy together.

This is rehearsal. There's no microphone. The Spare Heir uses a form of brushes to keep the volume down. They're like little bundles of sticks. You can't do things like ratamacues with them very effectively. It's not that important for rehearsal.

The Heir doesn't use a microphone when they rehearse. I forbade a sonic arms race early on. It's in their bones now. They play as quietly as they can. The Heir just belts it out. His guitar is amplified only enough to be heard along with the drumming. It builds up your voice to sing like that.

No one much understands the difference between practice and rehearsal. You practice to learn rudiments and new material. This is done on your own. You gather to rehearse to prepare to perform. You do not practice at rehearsal. Then you perform. You do not rehearse during a performance. My children do not practice, really. Well, I think The Heir does, but it's always classical piano.

My kids rehearse like this to prepare for shows. All of their contemporaries can't or won't do the work necessary to perform in public. Other kids refuse to practice until an audience is assembled for them. One that can't leave. Other kids can never really rehearse, because they never practice. They can't perform properly, because they never rehearse. You can spot this species, and hear them, a mile away. They get in front of an audience of people who can't leave, and then noodle, i.e.: practice, at flight-deck volume, in between songs that weren't rehearsed.

Unorganized Hancock will be performing at the Fryeburg Fair on Sunday, October 9th. Three big shows, at 1PM, 2PM, and 3 PM, at the Draft Horse Park bandstand. Watch your step.

10 comments:

vanderleun said...

Like the first Circle, the album features snippets of studio chatter. In the lead-in to John Denver's song, "And So It Goes", someone asks, "Is this practice?" Denver replies: "They're all practice."


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_the_Circle_Be_Unbroken:_Volume_Two


Welcome Back, Kotter.

Gringo said...

Unorganized Hancock made a comment at Instapundit: TAKE FIVE: Hillary email leak reveals that Clinton flacks Huma Abedin and Doug Band didn’t know who Dave Brubeck was.Not surprisingly,the comment featured Unorganized Hancock's rendition of Take Five.

Sam L. said...

All Hail the RETURN of the Sippi Family!! !! !!

Stephen said...

He has nice pitch, too. Thank you for reminding me about practice, rehearsal, and performance, and the difference between the first two!

julie said...

Hey, what a delightful surprise on a stormy day!

You all have been missed. I would say I hope the performance at the fair goes well, except that clearly, barring any acts of God, it will be great. Wish we could be there.

Tenebris Lux said...

One less worry in the world, and work done right is a joy.

Cletus Socrates said...

missed ya, Greg

teresa said...

The Fryeburg Fair is a very big deal in the State O' Maine. Congratulations to you and your boys. Good to see you back and best of luck at the Fair!

RonF said...

Good to see you back!

Johnny Glendale said...

Thought we'd lost you. What a happy day it is! As a quick aside, after 45+ years, I remain the world's worst guitarist. A year or so ago, I took an old Fender of mine in to a world-renowned guitar tech to have him "tune it up." I told him that after 45+ years of picking it up a few times a year, getting frustrated, and putting it back in the closet, it only recently occurred to me that, in order to get good at this thing, you have to actually practice. He stopped what he was doing and, in all seriousness, held up a finger and said, "You don't have to practice. You GET to practice." It took a while to sink in, but I haven't enjoyed playing more in my life (although I have, as of 2 or so months ago, become the world's most middling Ukulele player. I can't put it down. I have callouses and everything). Great to have you back!