Band auditions

Listen to the conversation and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Preparation

Do this exercise before you listen.

Remote audio URL

Transcript

Boy: Ah, band auditions. Great! I’d love to be in a band! ... Hi. Is this the band audition?
Girl: Hello. Yes. So, you'd like to be in our band?
Boy: Yes, I love music.
Girl: Well, we need a singer, a guitarist and a drummer.
Boy: Oh, I love singing!
Girl: OK, so you can sing. Let’s sing the beginning of this song.
Boy: (singing) Tonight I'm going to have myself a real good time. I feel alive ...
Girl: Right, OK, mmm, maybe not. Can you play an instrument?
Boy: Er, well, I can play the guitar a little.
Girl: OK, let's hear you. What can you play? ... That's it?
Boy: Er, yeah. I can't remember any more.
Girl: Erm, can you play the drums?
Boy: Yeah, sure.
Girl: OK! OK! STOP! That's enough. Erm, what about the maracas? Can you play the maracas?
Boy: Yes, I can. (singing) Young and strong and ... er ...
Girl: Great, great! Hmm ... thanks for coming. I’ll call you next week.
Discussion

Can you play a musical instrument? What instrument would you like to play? Would you like to be in a band?

Topics
Personal online tutoring
EnglishScore Tutors is the British Council’s one-to-one tutoring platform for 13- to 17-year-olds.

Comments

Submitted by AnaElisaMar on Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:32

It´s good

Submitted by shinta on Wed, 10/26/2022 - 09:24

No, I cannot play it.

Submitted by MeaMea on Sat, 10/22/2022 - 13:59

oh. The girl is bewilderment...

Submitted by matchalatte on Thu, 10/06/2022 - 12:20

Actually, I can't even play one of the musical instruments, I can't sing too. But if I have a chance to play one of the musical instruments, I'd like to choose the guitar. I've been dreaming about being a good guitarist. I also already have a guitar, but I never use it cause didn't have much time and I don't have someone who can teach me about it.

Submitted by mondereck18 on Sun, 09/11/2022 - 01:11

Actually, I hardly ever play an instrument. I remember that I used to play the flute when I was at school. At that time, I really enjoyed playing the flute, it was fun, and engaging. I have heard that practicing any instrument lets you develop your habilities with your hands. Moreover, it can be seen as therapy if someone suffers anxiety. On the other hand,I would have liked to play the piano. This instrument is not only fantastic,but also relaxing. For instance, it helps you to improve your memory and your hearing skills. surely, I would have liked to be in a band where let me play the piano.

Submitted by ingleseBZnullo on Sat, 09/03/2022 - 08:55

links automatically save?
Profile picture for user Tina - Coordinator

Submitted by Tina - Coordinator on Mon, 09/05/2022 - 07:39

Hi ingleseBZnullo,
 

Just click on the 'download' link and the file should automatically save for you in your downloads. I've just checked it and it worked for me. Let us know if you have anymore problems.

Best wishes,
Tina, (LearnEnglish Teens team)

In reply to by ingleseBZnullo

Submitted by ingleseBZnullo on Sat, 09/03/2022 - 08:49

I love music my play list is very big

Submitted by SK0272ingles on Wed, 08/17/2022 - 00:48

Can you play a musical instrument? What instrument would you like to play? Would you like to be in a band? Yes, I can. I play guitar, quena and zampoña. I would like to play violin. I have a band.

Submitted by AliEsp on Sat, 08/13/2022 - 16:06

I don't can play any musical instrument. I would like to play the fiddle. I would not like to be in a band.

Submitted by fmchancosic on Wed, 08/10/2022 - 20:43

No, I can't play any musical instrument. I would like to play the guitar. No, I wouldn't like to be in a band because I don't have much time to practice.

Submitted by jrrada21 on Wed, 07/13/2022 - 00:50

Can you play a musical instrument? What instrument would you like to play? Would you like to be in a band? Yes. I can. In fact I am a guitarist. I have been guitarist for many years. I have a guitar And I play it every But I would like to play piano, because I like piano too for its melody. Of course I would like being in a band, because I consider it could be a good experience for my like to learn more and more about guitar about my favorite instrument.

Submitted by SEBASTIAN on Fri, 06/10/2022 - 21:26

Yes I play the guitar and yes I'd like to join a band

Submitted by Edaa on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 07:18

No I can't play I have no talent I would like to play the guitar I would like to be in a band It would be nice I wouldn't be bored.

Submitted by Yeni19 on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 18:38

I can’t play any instrument because I don’t like music.

Submitted by rainyhappy on Wed, 04/06/2022 - 05:41

I can play ukulele a little. I would like to play paino. I didn't want to be in a band. I just want to play music for relax..

Submitted by Joss_01 on Sun, 01/30/2022 - 05:51

yes, I would love to be in a band I like to play the violin yes, I would love to be in a band

Submitted by zoeytruong on Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:40

i can't play any instruments. But I'd like to play the guitar when I was in The universtity. I have never thought that i would be the a member of the band.

Submitted by reem86 on Wed, 11/24/2021 - 06:27

No, l can't. but i would like to play piano and guitar.and i would like to be in band

Submitted by rainyhappy on Fri, 11/19/2021 - 16:35

No, I cannot play any musical instrument at all. But, I really love music. If have a chance, I would like to play ukulele and absolutely not, I've never thought about being in a band before.

Submitted by Mari_shveli on Tue, 11/09/2021 - 18:39

I can't play any instrument, but I'd like to play on pianino and guitar.

Submitted by Fenic on Sat, 10/02/2021 - 10:42

I cannot play a musical instrument. I would like to play the piano. I wouldn't like to be in a band.

Submitted by glelter on Mon, 08/16/2021 - 01:07

no, i can't play any instrument and i would like to play guitar but I wouldn't like to be in a band.

Submitted by Ammar on Thu, 07/22/2021 - 18:10

No, I can't play any an instrument, No, I wouldn't, Yes, I would like to be in a band.
Profile picture for user FlowerQueen

Submitted by FlowerQueen on Tue, 07/20/2021 - 13:34

I can play the piano, the recorder and I would like to play the flute and the violine. I don’t want to be in a band, because I can’t play very well.
Profile picture for user MuradYT

Submitted by MuradYT on Fri, 06/04/2021 - 09:04

I love music and I can play the guitar
Profile picture for user polarbear

Submitted by polarbear on Wed, 06/02/2021 - 15:15

i can play keyboard, but I'd like to play guittar too. i think it would be interesting to be in a band
Profile picture for user AnuBis

Submitted by AnuBis on Thu, 05/20/2021 - 22:48

I can play the flute but I would like to play the piano because I think it is really interesting and I would like to be in a band.
Profile picture for user tdrgn

Submitted by tdrgn on Sun, 04/04/2021 - 09:28

I love music but I can't play any others.

Submitted by Jahc on Thu, 02/04/2021 - 00:21

In how much to the of play one instrument , I don't plays instrument but I would like learn to play saxophone,and the last reply maybe ,why not,it would be funny

Submitted by gea883 on Wed, 01/13/2021 - 23:45

I don't know how to play an instrument but I like music. I would like to learn to play the piano.
Profile picture for user Kostantinus

Submitted by Kostantinus on Wed, 01/06/2021 - 12:13

I am a singer and I can play a piano, a guitar and drums. I was in a band for a few years. My band have played popular music. It was unforgettable time.

Submitted by yongkang2606 on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 04:44

I can play the piano and ukulele.I would like to play the violin and i don't wanna be a band member because I am not interested in music these days.

Submitted by yongkang2619 on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 03:00

I can play the piano, guitar, drum, and violin. I'd like to play the clarinet. And I'd like to be in the band because I like playing musical instruments.

Submitted by yongkang2821 on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 02:36

I can play the piano a little.

Submitted by yongkang2626 on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 01:22

I can play flute a little. But I would like to drum. But I don't want to join a band.

Submitted by yongkang2824 on Tue, 12/15/2020 - 00:23

I can play kalimba and I like to play it but I would not like to be in band.
Profile picture for user rafaelyeshua

Submitted by rafaelyeshua on Mon, 12/14/2020 - 14:06

i would like to play the piano, it's so relaxing.

Submitted by Fawzia on Sun, 11/01/2020 - 17:26

:)

Submitted by nimdini on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 14:00

I can play violin and key board.I would love to play the piano.And I would like be in a band.

Submitted by mrpollas118 on Tue, 08/25/2020 - 20:29

Yes, I play acoustic guitar and I am learning to play the piano, I would like to learn to play the drums and I thought that I would not like to be in a band since I usually play alone

Submitted by dani1023fdt on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 17:14

Im learning to play the violin, i would like to play well the violin, and no, i dont want to be on a band

Submitted by Klormanniskan_123 on Sun, 08/23/2020 - 07:14

i play the piano.I would like to play the vilolin. I don't want to be in band i rather play solo.

Submitted by Vuquan on Wed, 08/19/2020 - 08:01

I can play 2 instruments, that is drum and piano. I like to be in some band to play music with friends.
Profile picture for user Xuka

Submitted by Xuka on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 16:26

Honestly, I can't play any musical instrument but I can sing very well. I'd like to try to play the guitar because it's easier than anything else. If I could join the band, I would like to be a singer in the group. I want to perform my songs before audiences and our band will attract a sizable following.

Submitted by Luna on Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:57

l love music . l can play organ No , l wouldn't like because it very hard

Submitted by dongsoon on Tue, 07/28/2020 - 12:43

I like listen to the music, but I can't play any instrument. I'd like to play the guitar.
Profile picture for user zagrybast

Submitted by zagrybast on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 12:17

Earlier I studied to play the ukulele, but I gave up this occupation. No, I wouldn’t like to be in a band because it’s hard.

Submitted by ilearniam on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 02:01

I did learn a little bit for the shepherd flute in primary school. However, it was just some casual learning. I would like to learn guitar and piano. Recently, I heard again the Lava song from Disney. It was the opening short animation for a movie which can be easily found from YouTube. I started to learn the more simple version of Guitar, ukulele. I am not sure when I can play the Lava song.

Submitted by Fer9TS13 on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 23:25

No, I cannot play any instrument. I'd like to play the piano and guitar. I'd like to be in a band.
English courses near you