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  • nousername
    started a topic There's really no other way, is there?

    There's really no other way, is there?

    I play drums for a cover band, and have done so since February of 2011. We had no singer, then found one, then had to let him go after about a year for lack of commitment. Found another singer (female) last June. Her and I ended up doing some acoustic duo stuff on the side. At first it was to help her practice the band's songs, but eventually we just started playing our own stuff with plans to perform at wineries, restaurants, etc. By about September, she wasn't pleased that 2/3 of the group (not myself) had zero interest in her choices for new songs. So she quit. Her and I then started to ramp up the duo stuff: 30+ songs, popular music where her voice shines. But since about November, she's just not making any progress on getting the lyrics correct. When she's on, it's great. But the other times...

    So I want to split with her and find a new singer. Basically, I can't continue to wait for her to get her parts learned, correct? No matter what personal relationship we have outside of the group. These aren't difficult songs.

    I'm trying to find out what other people do in this situation.


  • Graeca
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    nousername wrote:

    I play drums for a cover band, and have done so since February of 2011. We had no singer, then found one, then had to let him go after about a year for lack of commitment. Found another singer (female) last June. Her and I ended up doing some acoustic duo stuff on the side. At first it was to help her practice the band's songs, but eventually we just started playing our own stuff with plans to perform at wineries, restaurants, etc. By about September, she wasn't pleased that 2/3 of the group (not myself) had zero interest in her choices for new songs. So she quit. Her and I then started to ramp up the duo stuff: 30+ songs, popular music where her voice shines. But since about November, she's just not making any progress on getting the lyrics correct. When she's on, it's great. But the other times...

    So I want to split with her and find a new singer. Basically, I can't continue to wait for her to get her parts learned, correct? No matter what personal relationship we have outside of the group. These aren't difficult songs.

    I'm trying to find out what other people do in this situation.


    Mostly, I play solo gigs, 'cause I can always depend on myself!

    As soon as it becomes a duo, and then a trio, etc., the headaches start growing in magnitude.

    Wish it wasn't this way, but it always seems to end up like that, so nowdays, when I book a trio gig for Too Hot For Snakes, I immediately line up a spare bassist and percussionist, just in case.

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  • Bob Dey
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    She was picking songs that most the band members didn't like, so are these the same songs that she cant memorize with the duo? Looks like you've had a talk with her about it, which is what I would have suggested. Maybe she doesn't have enough time between her day job, kids etc.

     

    Listening and singing along with songs in the car is what my female singer does because she's crunched for time. An mp3 player with headphones might be the way to go too.

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  • Shaster
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    Well there's usually  another way, it's just if you want to go there.  For instance, one of the best singers I have ever worked with can't or won't memorize lyricsHe always shows up with a book and his music stand. That's just how he does it, and you either take it or leave it.

    If your singer is working out in every other way, you could try getting her to use an iPad or something similar, that would be more acceptable to the audience than paper - as long as it was acceptable to you.

    And I suppose first things first (as stated above) you should try to find out why she isn't learning the lyricsIf her answer isn't satisfactory then you'll have to decide where you go next.

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  • mavycharm
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    That just  means she is out of focus, she's not motivated and her interest is low. You can always have things perfect if you are interested and passionate enough to do so, but if you are not, then sitautions like these are really common.


    She can't always be that way. You have to make plans on your own. Knowing her frustrating perfromance you've mentioned, I agree your reason of looking for  another singer to do it is reasonable enough. But if you are confident enough with her talent in singing and you really found her great then you can always do the changes by opening up to her your concerns, that way she might realize that she is of her downfalls and she has to be alarmed with it.

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  • Telecruiser
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    She is either motivated to memorize the words correctly or she isn't. I made up my mind when I got into this to memorize all of the words to every song I do, no cheat sheets. When I started down this path memorizing words didn't come easy. But as I worked on it more and more it now is very easily. Sounds to me like she doesn't want to put in the time to memorize the lyrics correctly. I would have a sit down with her and let her know how you feel and how it is important to you that the songs be done correctly. If, after that, she still doesn't want to get with the program then you need to do what you have too.

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