Read Part 1 and Part 2 if you need to. Last time, I introduced the hook that I am using to tie this arrangement together. You might ask how I describe this hook and I am not sure that I know how to answer that question. I would probably say that it is a gentle […]
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Last week, I discussed a simple idea behind arranging and today, we are going to start taking a look at it in action. Our example is last month’s arrangement, “Just As I Am,” for the arrangement club. To start, let’s talk about the song itself. When I was young, this song was what we called an “invitation” […]
Here is a dirty secret about arranging: it usually happens fast. One of the biggest surprises I found as I got into the world of professional music is just how fast arranging happens. In the world of jazz, believe it or not, it often happens on the fly as if by magic. In the studio, […]
I work with a pianist every few weeks by Skype and am currently working with her on an exercise that I want to share with you. it will give you some insight into at least one way to look at arranging. It is not the only way but is a common way I look at […]
Here is a fifteen minute video that discusses an arranging idea.
A hook is a term that has different meanings in music. Sometimes, it refers to a chorus. When I use it, I am usually referring to some bit of something that makes a song memorable. For example, it could be a rhythmic idea, a melody line, or some interesting harmony. Arrangers want their music to […]
A video discussing different things about the free arrangement I posted last week.
Here is the last in this series.
Here is a little something I did over last weekend.