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Country Vocals Lessons: Working with Players

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Okay, so we had an opportunity to talk and
explore a little bit about a singer
working with an accompanist.
Now we're gonna expand that out
a little bit to a larger situation.
A singer working with Players.
Maybe you're working with an entire band.
Maybe you're in the studio,
in a recording situation,
where you are putting material
together to record an album.
But, we're gonna talk a little bit
about what it means to be prepared, and
be a leader, in a situation where you're
working with a number of musicians.
This can be kind of
an intimidating situation.
I know any time, as a producer,
I go into the recording studio,
working with a group of
musicians to make a record.
No matter how many times I have done it,
no matter how close I am and
familiar I am with those musicians,
I'm always a little nervous,
I'm always a little anxious about how
this situation is going to unfold.
There will be a lot of talented people,
a lot of people who have put a lot of
work and effort into their instruments,
into their practice,
into their mastery of their instruments.
And I'm always conscious of wanting
to honor that, and respect it.
But also really needing to lead and guide
the session, and make good music happen.
And be ultimately responsible for
that music coming together in
the best way that it possibly can.
So even after decades of experience in
working with players and musicians and
bands and all kinds of situations,
I still get a little anxious.
I think that's a healthy thing.
I think it's because we know how
powerful other human beings are.
Especially other human beings who have
worked and studied and put effort.
And even if they're not
the most skilled players that
everyone is there to accomplish
this one goal together.
And there's a lot of power in a group
of human beings coming together
with a singular vision.
So we're gonna talk just a little bit
about having the right attitude and
the right headspace and
the right tools to make those
interactions successful when you're
working with a group of players.
So Miles Davis said that in jazz
there is no such thing as a mistake.
If you play a wrong note,
you just play it again and again and
again until you turn it into a riff.
[LAUGH] Make it a thing.
That's a great concept to keep in mind
when you are working with a group of
players, when you're working with
a group of musicians to make music.
It's kind of, in some ways,
it's kind of all
jazz because you're all
improvising as you go.
Even if you're in a symphony
working with a symphony and
the players are reading
the notes off the page,
you're still making a living breathing
moment that's never happened before.
So in that sense every moment
of making music is gonna be
a little different from the last even if
the notes are written out on the page.
In a situation when you're
coming to work with a band,
and everyone knows the song
that you're gonna work up, or
they have a number chart with a general
idea of the chord, there's even
more improvisation involved, because
players will be making up their own parts.
A guitar player might be making
up a lick to start off the song.
This requires an amazing
balance of being prepared and
knowing what you want to happen.
Having a vision of something
that's needing to happen,
you have to be able to see it.
To have a goal to go for.
And at the very same time, you have to be
making it all up as you go or improvising.
So the key component there is listening,
just like in jazz music.
When jazz players improvise,
they're very much tuned into listening
to what the other players are playing.
And they are responding
on the spot to that.
You can't respond unless
you're listening and
hearing what is happening from
the other players around you.
It's also a good thing to keep in mind
that most likely everybody in the room
is a little scared.
Everyone in the room is
a little nervous and anxious.
Even the most experienced
players that I've worked with,
they all talk about the fact that
even after 20 years of playing,
every time they approach
a new musical moment,
even with a band that they've played with,
there are still elements of butterflies,
where everyone's got
a sense of anticipation.
And it's because everyone intuitively
know that this is a new moment.
This moment is unique in all of time and
so we're all making it up as we go.
So it's just good to keep in mind
that if you are feeling nervous,
chances are everyone else in the group is
feeling a little bit of anticipation and
excitement and butterflies.
And it's cool,
it's part of the good energy,
it's part of the energy that you
will use to make the music exciting.
Instead of fighting it and resisting it,
just go ahead and embrace it.
It's like wow,
we are all here making up a moment,
right off the top of our heads, we were
prepared and vulnerable at the same time,
that's the space where
the best music can be made.
If you are the leader, if it's your band,
if it's your show, if it's your gig.
And you are coming in prepared.
You can lead with confidence and
humility where you're
honoring this element of surprise,
this element of improvisation.
And that will go a long way
to creating an open space for
the musicians you're working with to feel
free to contribute, to come up with ideas.
And if you have a confident but
humble attitude you will encourage them.
Just with that stance, you'll encourage
them to offer up their best ideas,
and you will reap the benefit of
all their talent and experience.
If they're nervous about saying anything
because they're afraid they're gonna be
shot down or they get the impression
that you've got a rigid map and you
know exactly how it's supposed to go, you
don't really wanna hear from anybody else.
Then you'll deny yourself, and
you'll deny the music- the contributions
that they might be able to make.
So lead with confidence and humility, and
honor everyone's nerves,
and especially your own.
And again, just be prepared and
then have fun.