In this half, I will reflect on our progress since formative assessments. I will discuss the outcomes of rehearsals and our performance. I have included information relating to our presentation and will discuss my own achievements and pitfalls throughout the term. Finally, I have included some relevant media in the form of videos and photographic evidence of my work, along with the relevant research.
Each term, communication has been an issue. I have tried to impress its importance upon this group, in the form of cues as well as conveying our ideas in terms that we all understand but only Josh has been particularly responsive to this. Communication outside of rehearsal has been problematic in that, misinterpreted messages regarding plans have led to arguments on multiple occasions and reached a point where we were not communicating at all. At one point I felt the vocalists were working independently of the instrumentalists and we were not consulted on a number of decisions. While I can appreciate that I was absent for one day, I openly communicated on that day, but they did not consider our views whatsoever. I felt that since we were in regular contact, it would not have been difficult to consult us. I did, however, decide that there was no sense in arguing about it, so I accepted the decisions that were made.To combat the issues that arose, we began planning our rehearsals for the following week at the end of each rehearsal and this did help to steady the ship. I found myself at odds with members sometimes but decided early on to try to remain calm and encourage everyone in the band to focus on our performance and remain positive. Everyone was responsive and we set our differences aside for the sake of the performance.
Each member has taken on vastly different responsibilities this term. Luis, has been consistent and he has been a great band member. He has always been prepared and for the most part, stuck to rehearsal plans. Taking on bass duties has showcased his adaptability and he has been a pleasure to work with. His laid back attitude has benefited all of us when tensions arose and he injected a positive energy into rehearsals when needed. Claire has been motivated and positive throughout, despite getting stressed at times and I have enjoyed working with her. Leomi has for the most part, set a very high standard for us all with her punctuality and although she has sometimes been absent, she has always communicated this to us. Her live presence has improved, but the limits of her vocal abilities have made rehearsals very challenging at times, she could have given more thought to her individual contributions as a vocalist, in terms of harmony arrangements and she did not always consider her own role but she benefited from Reece and Claire’s support. Reece and I have disagreed a lot, but he has mostly been a positive addition to the band. He has contributed creatively and appropriately throughout the term. I have always enjoyed working with Josh, but he let us down with his attendance and his attitude. He stated that he felt like he could not work with Reece so I explained to him that, be that as it may, his actions have affected rehearsals for everyone and he was genuinely apologetic. He has mostly been prepared and this has made it easy to work with him. His musical ability and rhythmic understanding have allowed me to set a much higher standard for myself.
I felt let down by the group’s unwillingness to prepare for our rehearsals with Nigel and the decisions fell entirely upon me. I have since built up somewhat of a rapport with Nigel and he said he would like to work with me in the future so it was worth the effort.
I have tried to set a high standard and lead by example, but I needed to address my own contributions. I have contributed as much as I could this term; my punctuality has slipped because I have managed my workload effectively and this led to late nights. I am taking steps towards rectifying the situation. I am proud of my progress, but I have been unable to make the most of the module. I do aim to always contribute creative ideas and suitable arrangements.
Presentation & Reputation:
Given our song choices, the set took on a very funky sound and we are concentrating on the theme of dance to deliver an energetic performance. This idea was taken a little too literally, however, as it was my intention that the set would fuse the sound of jazz and funk. I do not feel this set showcases our range of abilities. I was not in favour of dropping Africa from the set, but as mentioned before, we were not consulted on this decision; it is probably the song that I had put the most work into and some of the others felt the same.
I stressed early on that we should consider our image and towards the end of term, Reece and Claire really responded to this idea and were more or less solely responsible for the end result. We are incorporating outfits and stage props and hopefully this will showcase a professional attitude.
As mentioned above, we have made a mistake in foregoing the new repertoire, but given our time constraints, I think we have no choice but to work on the songs we have chosen. I was not pleased with my recording and in future I need to ensure a tighter, cleaner take as well as playing with improved groove and feel.
In response to my feedback from last term, I have focused more on the transitions between songs and the beginnings and endings to each song this term.
Funk Guitar Lessons:
- The Secrets of Funk
- Leo Nocentelli From The Meters Stops By Norman’s Rare Guitars.
- Jam Sessions: Leo Nocentelli And The Meters Experience.
- Meter’s Experience, New Orleans.
- Sly Stone – If You Want Me To Stay.
- Funk and R&B guitar lessons..
- Sing a Simple Song – Guitar Tutorial.
- guitar playing style – Analysis.
- Al McKay visits Norman’s Rare Guitars.
- Shining Star – Star Licks Masters Series.
- Earth, Wind and Fire Experience.
- Soulful 6ths Steve Cropper-Style Guitar Lesson.
- Steve Cropper on Stax and ‘Sitting On The Docks Of The Bay’.
My own evidence: