Last week we explored Classical Music in a very broad sense. This week, it's folk music's turn. Folk is traditional music, usually learned by ear which is music to dance to. Each area has its own 'dialect'. This means that a tune played in the Cotswolds will be played differently in the Shetlands. Folk music… Continue reading What is Folk Music? (a broad look)
This week's arrangement is 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy', made famous by The Andrews Sisters. This is another jazz band arrangement, showcasing each instrument, including a bass solo! Check out the video below and the music is available now on Sheet Music Plus, follow the link below. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/472174342179007726
So to kick off our journey into the different genres, let's talk about them in a broad sense first, starting with Classical. Classical music often refers to the instrumentation used to perform the music. When we think about it in this way, choirs, string ensembles, wind chamber ensembles, pianos, orchestras, brass and percussion come to… Continue reading What is Classical Music? (a broad look)
It's that time again! This we have a big band/jazz band with vocalist arrangement of Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe'. I love the funky feel to it and could hear some brass stabs in the choruses so had to push my boundaries a bit and arrangement for a completely new ensemble set up to… Continue reading Arrangement of the week: Call Me Maybe
Often when you book a musician, you will be asked what genre of music you would like for your event. This can become a stumbling block if you haven't been introduced to them. I'm hoping this new series can help you with that. Loosely put, genres refer to styles of music. The main styles you'll… Continue reading Intro to genres
Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying the bank holiday weekend! This week's arrangement is an alto saxophone, violin, cello and piano version of "For Once in My Life". I love this upbeat song and it always gets people dancing. One of my old ensembles performed this as part of a Rock Choir concert and it… Continue reading Arrangement of the week: For Once in My Life
So you've booked your musicians and the day is all set. You've paid and you've told them what music you need from them. It's all done now, right? Maybe. You may need to provide some things for your musicians however. If you're event is outside, many musicians will require some sort of cover to protect… Continue reading Do I need to provide my musicians with anything on the day?