You Said What?
If you are reading this in disbelief or as a skeptic, please bear with me…this is actually a neat thing. But first, the set up…
As a worship music professional, my idea of rehearsal is get as much work done in as short a time as possible. I’m in charge (or at least I like to think so), and the idea (or sound) of a mobile phone ringing in a rehearsal does more than drive me crazy. But, as I’ve said elsewhere, once I went through the process of staying in touch with an aging parent, I began to understand that a phone is a
necessary evil nuisance that can be a lifeline to members of my ensemble.
But, as they say on late night commercials, there’s more…
A few years ago, I was speaking at a conference where one of the other clinicians was noted composer Joseph Martin. As you may know, Joe is always on the move – his schedule takes him on the road upwards of 200 days a year. His phone contact list is enormous, as you might imagine. But I thought it was odd that at one point in a reading session at that conference, he did something that turns out to be such a smart idea.
The Smart (phone) Idea
Here’s what I saw in action: while he is working with a choir at a conference or during a festival weekend, he’ll pull out his phone, dial up a composer, or a lyricist, or somebody who is celebrating a birthday, and have the group sing into the phone. Everybody gets a kick out of being part of a personal flash mob, and he stays in touch with people in a special way.
Want more smart phone ideas? You can find a YouTube video for an on the spot example of the sound you want (or don’t want) from your group. You can make a “scratch” recording to play back so the group can hear exactly what problem you are trying to fix. Just make sure to turn off the phone part of your phone though….
Got more ideas of how to be “smart” with your phone in rehearsal? Leave them in the comments…
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