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I know that this is gonna be a pretty generic question. I finally started refining my knowledge about arrangement, and I was wondering: are there any conventions about arranging strings inside a pop song? For example During a chord progression being played by piano for example, should I build a string progression made by the 4th, 5th, 7th of each chord? I started studying more deeply subjects like arrangement and orchestration and I would love to understand more. I also know that many rules are subjective and in many cases it's all about taste.

Thank you in advance and sorry for my ignorance

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    I think the way to go is: take famous pop songs with strings, and figure out how the arrangement was made. I bet you will find some patterns. – coconochao Jan 28 at 15:31
  • And apart from pop songs? Are there conventional ways to arrange strings voices? – James Arten Jan 28 at 15:32
  • @JamesArten Can you be more specific in your question? There are different methods for arranging depending on the context. Are the strings playing sustained pads or moving lines? Are you using a small ensemble (like a string quartet) or a large ensemble (like a string orchestra)? Some details like that will allow us to give you a better answer. – Peter Jan 28 at 17:44
  • Whether it's pop or baroque the issues are the same. The strings may play notes that are not otherwise in the chord, or might play just play in unison and octaves. They can do anything that enhances the song. The principles and the process are not much different from those used to harmonise a Bach chorale. What the strings do will depend on the song, the arrangement, the style etc. and there are no rules. . . – PeterJ Jan 29 at 11:39
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This question is probably to broad for this forum, but I can answer this specific question you raised:

For example During a chord progression being played by piano for example, should I build a string progression made by the 4th, 5th, 7th of each chord?

In pop music, most chords are constructed of the root, 3rd, and 5th of a scale (sometimes the 7th as well). So using the 4th would probably conflict with the chord (unless it is a suspended chord).

As for how to arrange these notes, some more context would be helpful.

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