Music Scene 1

Stephen visits Ashlie and her band as they rehearse in a recording studio.

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Think about the following questions:

  • What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
  • How are live music performances better or worse than recordings?

 Watch as Stephen goes along to watch Ashlie’s band rehearse.



Ashlie: That was amazing! I can’t believe they played my favourite song.

Stephen: The one that goes ‘duh, nuh nuh nuh’? That one’s my favourite too. Duh, nuh nuh nuh…

Ashlie: Yeah, something like that, Stephen. We’ve just been to see one of our favourite bands playing live.

Stephen: That was awesome. Live music is so much better than listening to it through headphones.

Ashlie: Yeah, I know all their songs. It was great singing along with the lyrics.

Stephen: Talking of singing, how’s your band going? Have you got a name yet?

Ashlie: We can’t make up our minds. We were thinking about The Mysteries.

Stephen: The Mysteries. Hmm, I’m not sure it’s very catchy. It’s not fair that you’re in a band. I want to be in a band too. I’d be great.

Ashlie: Well, I don’t really think you’d fit in to our band. Anyway, you can’t play any musical instruments.

Stephen: How hard can it be? I’m a really fast learner. I could learn to play the drums in no time. And you know what a great singer I am.

Ashlie: Well, we’re meeting at the studio to rehearse tomorrow.

Stephen: Oh, let me come along. Please, Ash!

Ashlie: OK, I suppose you can come and watch.

Stephen: Yes! Duh, nuh nuh nuh…


Ashlie: Ah, girls, that was great! But Teri, I think we were a bit out of time in the middle.

Teri 1: Yeah, that’s a really difficult bit.

Ashlie: Shall we try that again? But first let’s decide on our name. Shall we definitely be called the Miss-Teries? Sort of Mysteries and Miss Teries?

Teri 1: I really like that.

Teri 2: I like it, yeah.

Ashlie: OK, Miss-Teries it is! Let’s try that again then, shall we?

Teri 2: A one, a two, a one, two, three, four…

Stephen: Hi, Ash. Hi, guys!

Ashlie: Hi, Stephen.

Stephen: So this is the band, right?

Teri 2: Yeah we’re the Miss-Teries.

Ashlie: Sorry, this is my brother Stephen. This is Teri, and this is also Teri. Do you mind if he watches for a bit?

Teri 1: Sure, I don’t mind.

Ashlie: OK. Just don’t make too much noise. We’ve got a gig on Saturday and we really need to rehearse.

Stephen: That’s OK. I’ll just sit in there and keep quiet.

Teri 2: A one, a two, a one, two, three, four…


Engineer: You’re doing really well. That sounds amazing, guys. I’m going to record the next one.

Ashlie: OK, girls. From the top.

Teri 2: A one, two – a one, two, three, four…

Ashlie: Stephen! What are you doing? You’re supposed to be watching.

Stephen: Oh, sorry. I’m just trying to help out. Can’t I have a go?

Teri 2: Oh, let him have a play.

Teri 1: What about singing? Let’s try him out as a backing singer?

Ashlie: All right then. There’s the microphone and there are the words. Right, let’s try that from the beginning.

Teri 2: A one, two – a one, two, three, four…

Ashlie: Er, maybe you could just try the ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’? OK, again.

Teri 2: A one, two – a one, two, three, four…

Ashlie: OK, OK, I think we’ve heard enough!

Stephen: What do you think? Talent or what?

Ashlie: I can’t take any more. The thing is, Stephen, this band really isn’t for you. You see, we’re called the Miss-Teries. We’re a girl band.

Stephen: Oh, please, Ash! I’ll do anything. Can’t I play one of the other instruments?

Ashlie: I suppose there is one instrument you can play. Go on then.

Engineer: OK, guys. We’re ready to record now.

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
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Submitted by fidaasiddig on Tue, 15/10/2019 - 14:02

Sorry I have another question what hit the town mean

Hello fidaasiddig

I don't see 'hit the town' in the transcript, but generally it means 'go to town', or in this context, it could mean 'play music in town'.

All the best


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Submitted by fidaasiddig on Tue, 15/10/2019 - 12:53

Hello (out of time ) what does it mean
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Submitted by Kostya B on Sun, 14/10/2018 - 18:47

I prefer electronic music and live perfomances waken more feelings than studio recordings.