Fiona MacLean: If I’m being honest with myself I don’t really think anything is ever that hard. I guess I’d have to say the more difficult one is the French guitar. The guitar and piano take time to learn and the bass is a different animal. When you go in there you’re going to have to learn a new instrument and I hate the idea of someone like me and my music trying to learn the same thing. There’s something extremely satisfying in learning someone else’s piece, not to beat anyone’s head in.
It’s always exciting to watch a band try to play and discover each other’s music. It’s not just a one-off. In Europe, as I know, I’m not the first person to do that. I saw a show in Prague years ago where the band of a couple went to learn the same instrument and they were playing it for hours on end.
That was a really eye-opening one. But that’s why I like the idea of learning two instruments because there’s really no reason not to. If I’m in that situation, I want to play to the best of my ability and so it’s important to make sure you can do it, when you can. The sooner you do it, the sooner you will enjoy the results. If you’re not happy with the results, you don’t even have to worry about the lesson anymore and just learn it one way, the other way, or a third way. I really admire those who are not only able, but have the skill and ability to go and learn a new instrument.
In your last interview with us your new album was released yesterday. How is that?
Fiona MacLean: It’s been a real bumpy road. We’re still learning and working on it. We thought it would’ve been the best day ever but it’s been really tough.
There’s been a lot of talk about the album being difficult. What’s your first reaction to that?
Fiona MacLean: I think what you see is what you get. We’re both musicians and I have to admit I’ve never been more excited about something I’ve done in the 20-plus years I’ve been doing it. I’m a very emotional person, so it’s only natural that I’m thinking, “This is all happening. I’m doing it this way.” That, and having the whole band together in a very small room in a very small rehearsal room to work on