Hello folks, I ll do a combination response to everyone regarding Bell Chord Blues. As some of you have noted, you can see a partial score and hear a prettyMessage 1 of 9 , Dec 16 7:40 AMView SourceHello folks,I'll do a combination response to everyone regarding Bell Chord Blues. As some of you have noted, you can see a partial score and hear a pretty crummy electronic rendition on my website:Go to "Potpourri", then click on "Look" and "Listen".Again, I can send a full preview score to anyone who wants to take that step.I can also provide learning tracks with computer synthesized voices. they ain't beautiful, but all the notes and words are guaranteed present and correct.
Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:11 am (PST)Derek,How do you write or arrange a song for a quartet that you've never seen or heard?Do you have a standard list of questions that you need answered before you start writing?What kind of discussion is there between you (composer/arranger) and the quartet (or individual representing the quartet)Lynette, there's no magic formula. I ask the quartet/chorus what their preferences are for an arrangement, leaving it to them what kind of answers they give, then ask follow-up questions on anything that's not clear to me. I also ask what the comfortable singing ranges of the four parts are. They might have limited ranges of comfort or perhaps they have one or two superstars with extraordinary ranges, and that can open up interesting possiblibities (and possibly make the arrangement unsingable by others).I'm always ready and willing to learn more about how this "quartet thing" works.I think that my questions and your answers might be interesting to others that are trying to get into quartetting.LynetteI agree, so here they are.
Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:29 am (PST)Would this song - "Bell-Chord Blues" be suitable for a new SA quartet to learn - three of whom have sung barbershop harmony before; two who have sung in a quartet together for 5 years; and new one member who (hopefully our new tenor), although she grew up around barbershop and heard it all her life and is just now going to try to sing with us?It's currently arranged for men, but I think it would transpose OK for women, and I'd be glad to do that. The biggest challenge would be to get all the bell chords in sync, otherwise it's not too difficult. BTW, the fact that it's a blues allowed me to end the tag with a barbershop 7th--that's pretty unusual.
Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:41 pm (PST)So...is it suitable for women's voices? If not, could you revoice a preview copy ?Quite interested in your novel concept,Cindy Raskin, DirectorScarborough ChorusRegion 16See my response to Lynette above.Harmoniously,
Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:54 am (PST)I went to Derek's site and listened to the representative MIDI and looked at the presentation score. It looks like a nice and fun piece. Check it out: HatleyMusic.comUnsolicited encouragementI appreciate that, Brett.