How-to articles for Music Arrangers

Here are our how-to articles for music arrangers!

Orchestral Arranging Case Study

Composer Mark Lucas sent a recording to us, wanting to hear it arranged for orchestra. The song, sung rubato in wordless melody over strummed guitar accompaniment, showed terrific pitch and heartfelt emotion. It’s a work of passion, as you … [Read more...]

Concert Band Arranging Case Study

We heard from David Di Salvo, representing the Milpitas, CA Community Concert Band, with an offer of commission to do an arrangement of "Hot Cross Buns" as a piece within a food-themed program. In response to his request for some program … [Read more...]

Finale Training | Tutoring | Screen Share

Screen Share Support Finale can be complicated and frustrating. Google search will reveal answers many questions, but because of the vast vocabulary of musical and technical terms used in the program, it can be hard to figure out the right … [Read more...]

What’s different about Finale 2012?

What's different about FInale 2012?The biggest thing different about Finale 2012 is the Score Manager. The (Mac) keyboard shortcut Command-K gets you there, to find functions that used to be in File Info, Instrument setup and the Staff … [Read more...]

What makes a great arrangement?

A question often asked is - what makes a great arrangement?It's great if it's written with the lyric and against the melody (has oppositional countermelodies), and organic reharmonization of the original chords."With the lyric" … [Read more...]

Hidden Texture in Music Arranging

The subject of arranging is extremely vast and quite interesting for someone wanting to delve into the x's ond o's of it all. One aspect of writing that I had the chance to explore was the use of hidden texture in music arranging.I'd … [Read more...]