MIDI demo of big band arrangement
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Nice tune! I must bookmark this. I play 2nd alto in our big band, mostly very traditional stuff. I'd love to play something like this. I might introduce this to the guys.
I'm struggling with a few of my own compositions and arrangements at the moment. How much do you feel you have to choose a particular way of writing just to make the MuseScore playback sound good? I mean, staccato, slurs, dynamics, whatever. Things you'd prefer to write different for the final sheet music for a real band.
Thanks! I rarely go out of my to do something just to make playback sound better - I write for musicians. But occasionally I'll put in a hidden tempo marking or something similar to improve playback. Mostly I don't worry about how the playback sounds.
I really like this ballad. I love the chords you used to develop the harmonies. oh and by the way I'm going to come see you play at dazzle jazz this saturday.
Intresting piece. Very much of my liking.
Thanks for the comments. This is a work in progress. I like to arrange at concert pitch, using bass clef for bari and treble-8 for tenor since those clefs fit their ranges well. I then change to treble clef when I transpose. Not sure what you're seeing as out of range, but everything in the tenor and bari parts are within their respective concert pitch ranges.
Just a note: Bari sax music is almost always in treble clef, and the tenor and bari parts are wildly out of range if you take them out of concert pitch.
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