Musical arrangements

SMiskoe

Message 14072 · 1 Nov 1998 06:11:29 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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While I agree with Ian Price that most SCD musicians use the RSCDS books as
reference but not gospel, I disagree that you must have a written bass line to
produce good accompaniment. I play with some very fine pianists who have
never asked for written bass lines. These folks produce countermelody,
continuo, wonderful chord patterns, agreeing with the bass player to the point
that when one makes a mistake, the other has made the same mistake. It's
called being tight.
Personally I prefer the whole arrangement on one sheet. An arrangement that
provides only melody or only accompaniment to the player is only half an
arrangement.
Cheers,
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

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