6. Music

6. Music

Tim tries to form a band.

Main Practice:  Vocabulary for music
Revision:          Common expressions

the trouble is - (informal) the problem is, i.e. 
- Can you drive me to the airport next weekend?
- Well, the trouble is my car's broken down. If it's fixed in time then, yes, of course.

I'm into - I like, enjoy, i.e. 
  • She's really into rap right now.
  • He's into board games.

to read music - to understand music notation

to play by ear - to play a piece of music without notation

to have a good ear - to be able to play a melody just from hearing it

never mind - it doesn't matter; no problem, i.e. 
- Oh, we missed the train.
- Never mind, we can get the next one.

jazz - a style of music begun by African Americans in New Orleans in the
            19th century 

folk music - a music traditional to a culture

rock - a style of pop music originating with 1950s rock n' roll

60s music - music from the 1960s

R n' B - rhythym and blues; urbanised form of folk blues played by African American

rap - popular music with rhyming verse

soul - style of African American popular music

reggae - popular music originally from Jamaica

blues  - a music originating from Black American folk songs in the early 20th century.


Tim and his friends discuss starting a band together.

Put the names of the instruments with the right people.

Tim:   We should get a band together, we all play a musical instrument.
             I play .

Pete:  Right, and I play .

Anna: Yeah, and I play .

Phil:    I play and Lin's a great .

Lin:     Thanks. But we all like different types of music.
              I'm jazz and folk.

Pete:    Right. And I like rock and 60s music. Anna loves R n' B and rap.

Anna:  And soul and reggae, don't forget.

Tim:     And I'm into blues and, yeah, rock too.

Lin:       And none of us can read music.

Phil:     Never mind, we can play .

Tim:     Yeah, we've all got a good ear and I bet the Beatles didn't all
               have the same tastes in music.


Complete the sentences.
Remember to use capital letters where necessary.

the trouble is  -  by ear  -  into  -  never mind      

1.  - Oh no, I've forgotten my wallet.
     -  , I can pay for us.

2.   She's really tennis this summer; she plays several hours every day.

3.  - I'd love to come to your party but, , I promised my sister
        I'd baby-sit for her.
     -  , come to our next party.

4.   She learnt to play Beatles' songs .