Guest Post: Scrap-iron quartets vs. Rehearsing
This guest post is offered by frequent reader and commenter David Mac.
Talent or Training ? Does “practice make perfect”? Or, in Southern-in-the-blood-Gospel can it be done without?
Some groups/quartets practice a lot, some a little, others perform. Period. Does it make a difference, not just in terms of their singing parts, but also in relation to that deeper element; their harmony and blend?
Big question; why does the idea of a “scrap iron” quartet appeal and why should it work – sometimes experimentally OK, sometimes one-off wonderfully well?
Is there a ‘cheat’? A secret ingredient? A private practice? Does it matter if the singers are familiar with each other’s ‘voices’ or not? Gerald Wolfe flagged up the idea for future combined concerts on the blog recently, but surely the GV, L5, BB and even MTQ guys are ALL familiar with each other and their respective parts/harmonies. “Little Giant Scrap Iron Singers”? Well, maybe not quite!
One outstanding [if Bill Gaither is to be believed, never sung together before, nor practiced] “scrap iron quartet” featured famously on the GVB Reunion; David Phelps, Buddy Mullins, Marsh Hall & Lee Young on “He Touched Me.” The epitome of unpremeditated quartet natural talent? Or could have been bettered by a practicing group or fixed quartet? Discuss.