Questions tagged [arranging]

In music, an arrangement is a musical reconceptualization of a previously composed work. It may differ from the original work by means of reharmonization, melodic paraphrasing, orchestration, or development of the formal structure.

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Can an original composition be an arrangement?

Sometimes I'll see on discogs.com a song will say string arrangements by so and so... and it's an original song by them. Can original compositions be arrangements? What makes an arrangement? Can ...
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What's the most comfortable key for a group to sing “Happy Birthday”

I am planning on surprising my wife for her birthday, with a montage video of all of her friends and family singing "Happy Birthday" from their own homes. To do this, I need to create a video they ...
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Do I have to pay royalties for using my own rearrangement of a famous song as videogame bgm?

Some friends of mine are developing an indie visual novel, so I thought I would contribute a few tracks. Inspiration struck me while working on other stuff, so I ended up creating a slowed-down, ...
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Can my lack of piano practice affect my creativity in song composing & arranging?

I would like to firstly apologize for this lengthy post. I just want to give a background to my question. I am not, by any means, a professional pianist. I do not have a Music Degree to boast of, ...
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approach for arranging songs with two electric guitars

What are some things I should consider when arranging guitar parts in songs with two guitars? Until now I have just followed my instinct, but it would be nice to have some theory to inform my ...
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What authors have tried to compare a wide variety of styles, specifically with regards to orchestration?

I have never found a guide to orchestration which systematically discusses differences in the theory behind the orchestration/composition choices with regards to different typical stylistic genres, ...
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Is it possible to stick too closely to Mozart in an arrangement?

One of the many musical things I do is arrange pieces by other composers. As far as composers go, the easiest for me to arrange is Mozart(probably because of a combination of early and sustained ...
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Will arranging a song in piano increase my overall arrangement ability?

Will arranging a song in piano increase my overall arrangement ability ? Is arranging in piano some what of basic ? or essential or fundamental for arranging in orchestra or any other genre with ...
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4th octave Eb in Chopin, should I trust that the flutist will get the note?

I am arranging Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 no. 2 for Flute and String Quartet and I have reached a spot where it is difficult for me to decide whether or not I should stick with the notes that Chopin wrote ...
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Arrangements on The Blues Brothers songs

I'm trying to write/arrange songs in the style of the Blues Brothers. It seems that some of the arrangements were very simple. In the case of "everybody needs somebody to love" for example, they just ...
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Arranging K 545 for a string quartet, how to write the harmony part

So, I am trying a second time to arrange K 545 for a string quartet. I think my second draft is better harmonically speaking than my previous attempt to arrange the same sonata. But there is a whole ...
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How to transcribe an arpeggiated 4-note chord to be playable on a violin?

I finished arranging the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor for a string quartet, only to find out that the chord at bar 7 is impossible for a violinist. My instinctual reaction was:...
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Can violins change notes in the middle of a double stop?

I am arranging Mozart's Piano Sonata for a string trio, because, when I listen to it, I hear 3 voices, with the bass voice in the Alberti bass being the first note and the lower melodic voice as being ...
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Simple way to add an additional octave in Musescore?

I wrote an arrangement in Musescore, and I got complaints that some (most) notes on a particular instrument were too high for a beginner. So now I want to add an additional lower octave for each note. ...
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How should I think when I arrange music for tuba AND electric bass?

I'm arranging a lot of music at the moment, and I find it difficult to combine tuba and electric bass. For most parts, I just make them equal with very few exceptions. For example, I do make them ...
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Can chords be inferred from melody alone? [duplicate]

Some vids about arranging on fingerstyle guitar say to figure out the chords first either by ear or through tabs, then to play the melody on top of them. But that seems like too much work. For one, ...
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How to arrange a song written on piano for guitar?

I am starting to learn classical guitar, and one of my goals is to learn how to sight read standard musical notation. However, I am beginning to notice that it's hard to find guitar sheet music for a ...
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How can I count steady while also playing a non-steady rhythm?

I'm trying to arrange a song, but I'm running into trouble with figuring out the rhythm. I can tap out the rhythm perfectly fine but when I try tapping out the rhythm I can't count steady. I'm ...
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Guessing the chord by notes

Most of the time I can figure out what chord is being played by just seeing the notes. I do this by looking at the first note (note in which I feel the chord is changed) when I think the chord changed,...
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Note not in triads chords

So i'm trying to make an arrangement of some song but i'm confused which note should i play. I've tried to listen the voice and the lyrics from that song then match my humming with the guitar and i ...
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Melody not fit the chords [closed]

I just watched youtube videos where he found the music melody notes + chords then he said that it's better if we play the song on Am instead (originally the song play on f#m). He gave the new melody ...
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How to make jazz covers? [closed]

I'm pretty new to the genre of jazz and would love to arrange some popular songs as jazz covers. One that I really like is this one: Sadly you can't see so easy ...
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Need advice on arranging second movement [closed]

As you might know from my previous question on staccato vs pizzicato, I am arranging K 545 for a string quartet. Instead of just doing the first movement, I will be doing all the movements. I need ...
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How to represent the staccato in the piano score?

I arranged the first movement of K 545 for a string quartet and I have gotten a lot of detailed feedback on everything from the unison between the 2 violins at the beginning measures to my bass line(...
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Can you arrange choral music from a classical string section? [closed]

For instance, can I take classical sheet music and assign the first violins to choral soprano, second violins to choral alto, violas to choral tenor, cellos to choral baritone, and double basses to ...
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Thoughtfully Voicing Chords

I've begun to experiment with arranging for jazz big band. Something I don't quite understand is how to thoughtfully voice chords. I understand generally how instruments should be voiced in a chord. ...
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Should I focus on the notes of the song and less on the rhythmic notation when learning a new song?

Curious about the best ways to practice songs written for piano, i pay too much attention to the written rhythmic pattern and then I get frustrated since the rhythmic value written is not what my ...
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How accurate can sheet music to the original composer be, if it has constant rearrangements? [closed]

For example, say I am learning how to play Cole Porter songs on piano (let's misbehave;de-lovely;etc) yet I come across other versions of the song, some have a higher level of difficulty and I feel if ...
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Advice on arranging an orchestral work for piano duet? [closed]

So, I am starting again with my arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. I was debating whether or not to do the whole ballet but I decided on the Suite because it is shorter and more widely known than ...
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Turning Major to Minor

I'm changing a song (When I Was Your Man) from a C major to C harmonic minor. I am not quite sure what to do with the Dm Em and Bb that exist in the major key. I have been using Ddim which has worked ...
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Advice on arranging piano music for wind quartet?

I am arranging the Moonlight Sonata for woodwind quartet. The adagio and the minuet are simple enough to transcribe note for note. But the presto, that is hard. I mean there are super fast arpeggios ...
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Workarounds for 10th intervals or larger when arranging for piano

So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef ...
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How to add extra notes to the original music sheet

I am learning guitar by myself. I see that the tab composer usually adds more notes that are not in the original sheet to make song more impressive. Please look at the notes in the circles in my ...
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“Only open voicing below middle C!” Really?

Every resource I've seen and person I've talked to has said that putting low voices, usually trombones, in close spacing anywhere below C4 is to be avoided at all costs, due to muddiness. As I arrange,...
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Does the baritone/euphonium often double a trombone in band music?

I've always doubled them, but the latest synth set that I've started using has caused me to reconsider. Is it really a common practice in band arranging?
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What's the easiest way to add bass notes to a melody on guitar? [closed]

I want to play a song on guitar, but I can't find its tab, so I'm transcribing the melody from piano notes. Now I want to add bass notes to certain parts of the melody to make it sound better. What's ...
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how to arrange a song? [closed]

I always start with the piano, writing the melody and the chords of the song. After when I finish all parts, I want to arrange my songs with other instruments. But I don't know how to harmonize ...
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Is there a way to turn sharps and flats into natural notes?

I realise this might be kind of a silly question, but I recently got a kalimba and I am trying to turn various piano songs into kalimba songs! My kalimba is tuned to C major and has 17 keys; no ...
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“arranged by ____” v.s. “notation by _____” - what did the notation person do?

On a score, it indicates that the song was arranged by person X, with notation by person Y. What does a notation person do that an arranger does not?
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Is there any knowledge or theory used in piano arrangement? [closed]

I always have a hard time arranging for piano. I could compose a song with a main melody and chords like a lead sheet. But its always hard for me to arrange this.. is there any theory or any musical ...
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Is John Williams “cheating” when he plays Asturias?

Even though I still have a long way to go before I can play Asturias somewhat decently I like it so much that I am taking a stab at it. It was going OK until I got to the 37th bar in which the chord ...
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Forming piano arpeggios/accompaniment for a particular song

I am an intermediate self-taught pianist(Trinity Grade 5). I learnt a beautiful arrangement of a GOT song which I found on YouTube. It had really difficult left hand patterns and the arranger seemed ...
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Converting midi composition into orcherstral arrangement

I have re-discovered several of my old compositions from several years ago, and would now like to work on/finish them. Unfortunately, they are in MIDI format written in a very "un-arranged" manner, i....
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In a TTTTBBBB arrangement, what do you call each group of singers?

I can assume the BBBB can be divided into Baritone I & II and Bass 1 & II, but what about tenors (assuming they’re all tenors and not countertenors)? Is there another name or does it go from ...
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How to build a song arrangement from a melody

You have the melody and know what and when the chord changes are. Now you want to build a rhythm section arrangement and need the following instrumentation added 1) Rhythm guitar 2) Bass 3) Drums ...
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Arpeggios and arranging songs like an epic film score

I saw Tommee Profitt's Carol of the Bells on YouTube and was wondering if there is some theory behind the creation of the runs used he used in this arrangement. I know that these are very much ...
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Harmonization of bebop scale

When you harmonize a bebop scale, you get a succession of X6 and X° chords with tight voicings, which can be thought of as tiny I and V chord progressions. I've read that musicians with polyphonic ...
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Trumpet low range in a big band

A common voicing technique in big band music is to have the 4th trumpet play an octave below the lead trumpet. Is there a limit to how low this can go and still be effective, other than the hard limit ...
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How to arrange a song's fingerstyle version? [closed]

What are the key objectives when arranging a regular song in fingerstyle?
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Ledger Lines vs. 8va notation

As musicians sight reading music-- are you very comfortable reading parts in ledger lines or is it more convenient having higher/lower parts notated within the staff with an 8va (or 8vb) symbol? For ...