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oops, delete all those by 'stv' above - hit the enter key a few times, sorry 'bout that.
There have been a couple of times, though, that we've started a song and it ended up being a trainwreck (and not the really cool amp kind of trainwreck!) One time we were playing 'The Lord Almighty Reigns' which has a really cool, bass groove getting into the song. Well, the bass player that day started the song a full step low. He forgot he tuned his low E to a D. The keys (lady with perfect pitch) picked up on it right away, but me and the worship leader both didn't. It wasn't pretty when both guitars started playing a full step higher than the piano and bass. About a bar into the song, the WL just stopped and said, "ok guys, let's try that one in E this time." Everyone had a little chuckle, and away we went, together.
The difference is, of course, is the whole band not together, or is there one person with an issue.
I think that also speaks to the dynamics of the band. In a church band situation, the worship leader is clearly the one in charge on the stage, and should be able to make that call. I'd think a Third Day gig would be a lot different for a couple of reasons. Church bands are almost always all-volunteer. I'm working for a software company by day, for example. We rehearse one a week for that week's performance, and the songs change every Sunday. Third Day are pros, it *is* their day job, and the setlist doesn't change *that* much from show to show. Any band, though, should really have a plan for how to deal with these situations.
Great topic, Mark.
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