(10/2/00 7:08:11 pm)
|arranging pop tunes for string quartet
In my quartet, we have a lot of
requests for pop tunes that aren't in the standard gig
books(Somewhere in Time most recently). I have been letting one of
the other members of the group do the arrangements, but I have not
been pleased with her work. My main gripe is she copies the bass
line from the piano part verbatim and calls it a cello part. I don't
mind arrpeggios, but not all the time! The said arrpeggios are often
in horrid keys and/or don't lay well(No! they're supposed to be all
slurred!). How do those of you who do pop stuff regularly handle it?
Do you use a computer program to help you, do you hire someone to
arrange stuff for you? Any tips would be greatly appreciated
(10/2/00 8:58:49 pm)
arranging pop tunes for string quartet
I always start off with a piano
part, mainly because my ear recognition isn't as good as it needs to
be to figure all the chords out. I usually do the cello part the
same as the bass line, and then add/take away parts to make it
interesting. Same for the vlns & vla. So far, I've only done
some Simon & Garfunkle and some Steve Miller (GREAT
To get an idea of what it possible, there is a great
CD out called "The String Quartet Tribute To R.E.M." on Vitamin
records, CD-8517. The arrangements are great, I particularly like
the Superman quartet version. Very, hmmm,
(10/3/00 12:42:35 pm)
|arranging pop tunes for string quartet
My husband arranges all kinds of
music for our string quartet. He uses Sibelius music writing program
and downloads Midi files off the internet, Sibelius translates them
into scores and then he arranges them. We get a huge variety of
music that way.
(10/3/00 1:59:32 pm)
Do you think Sibelius is worth the
money? If I remember correctly, it's around $300. I really don't
like Finale, but need some sort of notation program. The more gizmos
(10/3/00 2:05:22 pm)
You can download a demo of Sibelius
and see if you like it better than Finale. I recently tried out both
(Mac versions) and liked Finale 2001 better but I don't remember
why. I think the best price I've seen on Sibelius is $275.
(10/4/00 11:07:32 am)
I haven't tried
Sibelius but I recently got Finale 2001. I like it a lot - not only
does it import MIDI files great as mentioned but I really like the
scanning features - you can scan sheet music in and with a little
fixing up it is in the computer for transposition, etc. This has
been a great way to get my daughters Suzuki violin stuff in quickly
- she can play along with it to get both intonation and rhythm
feedback and I can vary the speed from slow as she is learning a
piece to full tempo as she masters it. The recordings are great but
you can't vary the speed on them.
Also, my wife and I like to
play duets on tenor sax and french horn, which is hard to get - we
can get any duets for any two instruments - scan them into Finale
and transpose them for our instruments. The Disney recorder duets
are especially fun as our daughter will sing along!
it about Finale that you didn't like? Maybe I have missed some of
the weak areas.
(10/4/00 2:23:13 pm)
Were you able to use MicNotator?
Finale has a feature that is supposed to let you play your
instrument in through the mic and it will be notated as played. But
I can't use it because it won't work with virtual memory turned on
and there isn't enough memory with VM turned off.
One thing I
miss in Finale is being able to drag a note to a different
(10/5/00 12:17:41 am)
I think Finale 2001 is great.
MicNotator is intended for wind instruments. I tried it with cello
and it made a mess, even worse than my cello playing!!! Perhaps
partly because of my cheap microphone, but I think partly because
the cello sound is so full of harmonics, it couldn't "hear" the
fundamental pitch well.
(10/5/00 11:53:16 am)
I haven't tried micNotator yet -
I'll have to see if my sax works!
I'm sure that you can drag
a note to a different pitch, but I can't remember if you have to be
in simple entry or speedy entry mode - I'm pretty new to it. I know
I dragged a note up onto the correct pitch yesterday when it scanned
in on wrong, but I had to look up in the tutorial how to do
I have heard (no 1sthand knowledge) that Siberlius is
good if you like their canned layout, but if you like to tweak
everything Finale is more towards that!