Before and After

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A "soup-to-nuts" arrangement that I did for a non-musician who is writing songs for the first time ever.  Since she's a newbie at musical notation and at demonstrating her material, both, I asked her to write out her melody as accurately as she could and we discussed her intentions thoroughly.

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In this example, an experienced composer had already written a perfectly fine, bluesy arrangement for this song, but something about his arrangement was misleading, so a new arrangement was needed.

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One morning in 1975 the director of the Michigan Marching Band sang me a bass line he'd recently heard. I got right to work, and that afternoon the full band rehearsed my resulting arrangement—Let's Go Blue!—for the very first time.

Example #1: An experienced composer, Jed wrote a bluesy arrangement for this song.  As the scene developed in workshop, it became clear that the overt sexuality of the original accompaniment now seemed in conflict with the shy nature of the character.  A new arrangement was needed!

 

I removed the intro, took out most of the swing feel and the walking bass, made the song sparser, and had the tempo push and pull.

 

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to hear and view Jed's song

in its original, jazzy style.

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to hear and view what I did with the song.

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 Example #2:  Laurie is a theatre director who is writing her own music and lyrics for the first time.  She's a talented songwriter, but she's new at notating music and in demonstrating her material.  So she writes out her melodies as accurately as she can and we discuss her intentions thoroughly.

 

Here's Laurie's original manuscript—

melody & lyric only, no chords or accompaniment.

BEFORE

I adjusted the song structure (with Laurie's input) and created an accompaniment from scratch. 

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 Example #3: One morning in 1975, George Cavender, the director of the Michigan Marching Band, told me he'd heard our tubas musically prodding Michigan hockey fans into shouting a time-honored U of M cheer.

 

Professor Cavender sang for me the bass line he'd heard, and that afternoon the full band rehearsed my resulting arrangement—Let's Go Blue!—for the very first time.

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Disclaimer:

Not Professor Cavender's actual voice, but

An Incredible Simulation!

BEFORE

To that bass line I added a melody, harmony, countermelodies, and a rhythmic underpinning. I also gave it a longer structure, to allow time for 100,000+ noisy fans to notice that the band was playing (always thinking "practical").

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 Example #4 Coming soon…

 

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