I think of arrangements and transcriptions as puzzles, my own form of sudoku or crosswords. They can be frustrating and it can take hours to figure out one section, but for me, it's fun! Here's why: Arranging and transcription, you'll hear both of these terms, but what is the difference? Surely they're the same thing,… Continue reading Arranging vs Transcribing
When booking live musicians, you may come across add-on fees. Here are 3 of the most common ones explained.
Picking songs can feel daunting, here are a few things to think about when choosing them. 1. Are they suitable? Make sure that you make decisions based on the age you're catering for, the tastes of the people going to the event and if the lyrics send the message you want. For example, going down… Continue reading 5 questions to ask yourself when choosing songs
Our final genre to take a look at is Jazz. Most people will have heard some of the jazz standards, whether or not they were aware at the time. Recognised by it's syncopated (swung) beats, jazz developed from the music of African Americans and is influenced from by European structure and African rhythms. The world… Continue reading What is Jazz Music? (a broad look)
After a brief break from arranging, this week we're back with 'One Day More' from Les Miserables. I originally arranged with for a project with an unconventional mix of instruments so I thought I'd rearrange a piano quartet version. This one isn't on Sheet Music Plus, so here's the video!
Onwards to our next genre, this time, pop music. Most of us will be familiar with pop but it can still feel overwhelming with all of its subgenres and the drastic change in style each decade. In this week's look at pop music, we'll listen to mainstream pop from each decade before looking at its… Continue reading What is pop music? (a broad look)
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)