Eight Ideas for Arrangers

25 May

I’m finishing up the arrangements for the concert at the Israeli Opera next week.

I’m certainly looking forward to sharing the stage with the wonderful Ralph Alessi, Marty Ehrlich, Drew Gress and Roberto Dani – all incredible artists.

During the process of arranging some of my favorite Israeli songs, I thought I’ll share some of my ideas about arranging.

1. New chords are not always more beautiful.

2. What do you especially like about the song? Express that in your arrangement.

3. What would be completely inappropriate on the song you’re arranging? Try it.

4. Is there a style of music that you absolutely love, but the composer might have been indifferent to? It might be useful in creating an original arrangement.

5. Nothing changes a song more than changing its proportions.

6. Sometimes you can use a song as a jumping point for writing a new song of your own. Test the limits of the term “arrangement”.

7. If you arrange for specific players, have them in mind.

8. Adding information to the song is obvious. Try reducing!


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