How are songs picked out? We spend a lot of time on this. :-)
We have a very diverse song list. We ask our members to submit their song requests two weeks before a session begins. If there is a request that is not on our song list, we request three weeks notice to prepare the music. The music needs to be prepared in chart form so the teachers can run the rehearsals efficiently. We spend a lot of time on song selection. We must consider the playing level of every Band Member. Very often students (and parents) request songs that are not good choices for the band to learn in the time allowed. To enhance the growth of our students Join the Band also likes to present a variety music styles including rock, blues, jazz, funk and more.We have a lot of experience in picking out appropriate songs. Please trust our judgment.
Keep in mind the following issues are general in nature. We take each band case by case because of all the variables involved.
- Who is going to sing?A young boys (12-15) voice is going through physical changes that will restrict his vocal range. We can’t ask him to sing songs that are out of his range. Songs by bands such as ACDC, Led Zeppelin, and more feature vocalists that sing in the very high tenor range. Hitting high E and F#’s. A teenage boy simply won’t be able to do that. Just like we wouldn’t expect a young guitarist to be able to play a complex guitar solo note for note.The high vocal range is fine for female singers. The problem is the girls tend to want to sing “pop” music and boys want to rock out. It can be a tricky process. Everyone needs to compromise a bit.
- Can the band learn the song in the time given?We have to pick out songs that are realistic for the bands and each band member to learn in the time given between concerts. Most students have no idea about the technical issues of a given song and how it may or may not work for an entire band. Something easy for a singer may be very difficult for a drummer. An easy song on drums may be very difficult to sing or perform on guitar.
- Is the song appropriate? Opinions vary greatly on what is and not appropriate. If you have any concerns please contact us.
- What is the value of learning the song?This also has a lot of opinions attached to it. However, we will also pick songs that students may have not have heard before so we can teach them other styles of music. It is very important to their musical growth to be given different styles of music to play. Most rock music can be traced to early blues. We like to show them that. Jazz songs will increase their improvisation techniques
- Does the band have the right instrumentation for a song request? This sounds easy of enough but it is very often overlooked. Students will sometimes pick out songs that do not fit the instrumentation of their band. For example a song that features keyboards and horns may not sound right in a band with only guitar, bass and drums.