Thanks for the replycelestemcc wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:39 pmHmmm.
I'm looking at the full original score, nothing in the vocal line goes above fourth-space Eb, which is entirely within soprano or mezzo range but it is not in the happiest part of a soprano's voice -- lies on the passagio which few of us love (trained soprano here). You could also consider putting the piece in G with a dropped D tuning, which would suit most sopranos and mezzos, and even tenors.
Good point - that can easily be corrected
I have already started to follow both suggestions here - thanks. Will post again when I sort it outcelestemcc wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:19 pmAdrian,
It's your call, really; since you're not writing for a specific singer. I was focusing on the voice, knowing that G would also be a very playable key as well; possibly even a wee bit easier but that's in the eyes of the player. I personally love dropped D!
A flat? Well, maybe the composer had a specific singer in mind, or just liked the key. Remember it's for piano; we guitarists understandably dislike the multi-flat keys. I imagine that's less a problem for pianists. And re the version in F -- there are lots of hymns and even classical songs that you can find in multiple keys.
FWIW, Schubert's Lied "An Die Musik", for one, has been transcribed for guitar (and very well); it's in C instead of the original D.
Yes, that can be an issue on guitar writing when three voices are squeezed onto one stave - fine for piano across two staves. Believe me, I tried for consistency, but due to stem clashes etc, I could not always achieve it. The other option is to go for broke and simply put everything on two voices, and lose some of musical intention from the original piano score.JohnB wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:09 pmJust looking at the guitar part, IMO it could do with much more "white space" (i.e. more spaced out). This, at least for me, would make it much easier to understand what is going on.
By the way, the note stems for the middle voice usually point down but sometime upwards. I don't know whether this is technically OK but I would find it a bit confusing.
Completely agree, excellent advice for the general singer. Also works for congregations.My very knowledgeable editor tells me to keep most arrangements from G below middle C to E in the top space, for a range that will not freak out most people (ie, a general singer, not a virtuoso). Would you agree with that general advice?
Many thanks for confirming thiscelestemcc wrote: ↑Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:56 pmCompletely agree, excellent advice for the general singer. Also works for congregations.My very knowledgeable editor tells me to keep most arrangements from G below middle C to E in the top space, for a range that will not freak out most people (ie, a general singer, not a virtuoso). Would you agree with that general advice?
Yes, I wasn't happy with it at all last night - but now it looks approachable, thanks to your advice on spacing and making the voices clearer.