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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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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?

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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Arrangement question: Strings [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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Chord spelling help for piano arrangement

I'm working on an arrangement of a song and my theory knowledge is mainly as a vocalist, so I'm a bit stuck on what would be the best option for a pianist to read/play on this certain bit of music: ...
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How do I know which position to use when I'm playing by ear

I come from a piano background ( and I know enough theory to read intermediate piano sheet music) and I want to learn fingerstyle guitar. but It's so difficult because there is more than one way to ...
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Who decides on “doo-wop” syllables in a cappella music?

Do members of an a cappella group determine which syllables work best when they're not singing text, or is it the responsibility of the composer or arranger to specify what sounds should be sung? I'm ...
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Why would a composer arrange chords such that hands cross on piano

I was looking at Rachmaninov's Prelude in C Sharp Minor. In the first section, a number of chords are played. The way they are written indicate that the pianist has to overlap his hands partially, ...
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What kind of music theory do I have to learn in order to be able to compose like this? [closed]

(strings are lovely) (optional) (optional) Despite being a ...
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Can a baritone be used for a trombone part?

I am making a brass quintet, and I need two trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba. I have all except the trombone. Can a baritone substitute for the trombone part? Will it have a similar tone and/...
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Is it acceptable to duplicate notes between vocal and piano part? [closed]

When writing or arranging a song, is it acceptable to duplicate the notes between the vocal and the piano part, meaning that the top note of a chord in the piano part is the same note as the note that ...
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How to link instruments in a Sibelius arrangement to instruments in a soundfont file for playback?

I have some arrangements of handbell music in Sibelius 7 that I'd like to play back into a track for my handbell choir to practice to. I purchased a high-quality soundfont (sf2) file of handbells ...
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Bass in music composition [closed]

How are the different sections of music arranged? I can hear the bass section when I listen but from a theory standpoint I can only picture the bass section in 4-Part Harmony. Where do all of the ...
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Why are so many pieces originally written for the lute now arranged for guitar?

While looking for baroque music on Spotify (mainly Bach), I noticed that all of the pieces originally written for lute are arranged for guitar when played by contemporary artists. NOTE: This wasn't a ...
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Fingerstyle - Alternating Bass, Pinch or Bass Alone?

In this arrangement it seems the creator, Mark Hanson, sometimes plays the alternating bass with the melody note (in a pinch) and sometimes, randomly it seems, he plays the bass note then the melody ...
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Getting the piece out of your head

Many have noticed, I guess, that when you make up a song in your head you can hear many aspects, lots of instruments, different melodies and sometimes create a full arrangement. Most of this can lead ...
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How do I create tremolos in Musescore

I have a section of music from brahms hungarian dance no. 1 that I am trying to arrange but am having some trouble writing this in musescore. Any ideas?
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Using SATB arrangements with a SAB choir

I do not have any tenors but I have lots of music arranged for four parts. Can I simply leave out the tenor parts? Will it adversely affect the music?
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Can chord substitutions take place unrestrictedly without invalidating a progression?

Assume the following rudimentary progression in a major scale: (Progression 1) I - ii - V7 - I - ii - V7 - I Progression 1 starts with the tonic. Starting with the tonic, Progression 1 may go ...
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What exactly is the difference between arranging a piece of music and composing it?

I was always under the impression that the composer wrote the piece, and the "arranger" was the one who made it "fuller" by arranging additional instruments for the piece, adding chords behind the ...
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How can I arrange a children's song for choir, to make it more interesting?

Our church choir would like to perform some children's songs. (I won't go into the reasons why, right now.) How can I make the songs more interesting? The kids are so cute when they sing them, that ...
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Replacing male with female voices in vocal arrangement

If I have a vocal arrangement which was originally written for male voices, what do I do to replace one (or more) of the male voices by a female voice? Do I ask the female singer to sing the exact ...
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How to split an arranger clip based on pitch in Bitwig 8-Track

I have recorded a MIDI "Arranger Clip" in the Bitwig 8-Track DAW software. I do this often and just jam on the instrument. Afterwards, sometimes I find that I would like to separate the clip into ...
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How would you live perform a piece whose recording has a faded ending?

Much recorded pop music has endings that fade to silence. If a live all-acoustic band is trying to perform such pieces, it's not really feasible to do a fade. So what other techniques are available to ...
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Can a tune written for 3/4 time be played in 4/4 time?

Can the tune "Tenderly" be played in 3/4 time and 4/4 time? My sheet music shows 3/4 (waltz) time, but most jazz versions are played in 4/4 time.
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Is there room for an electric guitar in Superstition (Stevie Wonder)?

Long story short, we are going to be playing an instrumental accompaniment to this song at school. I can play either a guitar or bass. I know that the lead riff is a clavinet and there is a bass line: ...
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How to arrange a solo and a chord sequence?

I want to arrange a song for fingerstyle guitar. it starts with four chords arrpegiated: Bm,Em,G,F#.and while those chords are played by a guitar, another guitar start playing a solo around the 7th ...
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Help! I need advice on how to adapt an arrangement

I have an arrangement of Bobby Darin's song "Don't Rain on My Parade" for Vocal, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, guitar, bass and drums - ...
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Key choice for brass instruments

I've been told several times that brass instruments prefer to play in keys with flats, rather than sharps. As a trumpet player myself, I cannot relate to this preference. E major is just as easy or ...
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Please help me to understand a song structure

I'm an hobbyst "music producer", using DAW software. Since I'm basically self thought I don't know almost of the basics. An important topic I'm completely ignorant is the arrangement. Unfortunately if ...