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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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


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


The LearnEnglish Team

(out of time ) what does it mean

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

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Hi, Team.
Help me with these, please?
Stephen : The one that goes 'duh, nuh, nuh, nuh'? That one's my favourite too.
Why is it 'goes' not 'went'?
Stephen means to describe one of song in the concert they've seen, right?
Ashlie : We can't make up our mind. We were thinking about The Mysteries.
Why is it ' can't ' not ' couldn't '?
Ashlie and friends were thinking about The Mysteries but they couldn't make up their mind, right?
Or may be my question, why is it 'were' not 'are' with the similiar logic above.
Whould you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

In both cases the action described is still true: the song still goes  duh, nuh (etc.) and Ashlie and her friends still have not made up their minds. It is possible to use the past simple in each sentence but there would be a suggestion that these facts were true in the past but may not be now for some reason.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Ok, thank you very much Peter.
though, allow this question goes in order to make me more clear, please.
1. We were thinking about The Mysteries.
2. We've been thinking about The Mysteries.
What's the difference between them regarding to Ashlie's case?
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

This is a question about the difference between the past continuous (events viewed as completed or belonging to a completed past time period) and present perfect continuous (events which are not finished and which continue into the present). The use of these forms in these examples is not different from their normal use. You can read more about them on these pages:

perfective aspect

continuous aspect

present perfect

past continuous

present perfect simple & continuous


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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