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Your Song - help I am not a guitarist!!!

Discussion in 'Music' started by asdmumandteacher, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Your Song Elton John....I am doing a class arrangement on Sibelius for my year 10 class..I have pianists/flautists/saxophonists/oboists/clarinettist/vocalists BUT they instrument I fear is the one I can't play!! Guitar!!! please help!! I have about 6 guitarists in the class (27 in one class!) Is the key of E flat ok for guitarists or is it really difficult? Its in E flat at the mo and thats great for the wind players (particularly the saxes and claris but have good oboists and flautists too). Just wondering about the guitarists - is there a more guitar friendly key (they are all about grade 1/2/3) I could transpose it all to?

    Thank you all lovely music colleagues :)
     
  2. Your Song Elton John....I am doing a class arrangement on Sibelius for my year 10 class..I have pianists/flautists/saxophonists/oboists/clarinettist/vocalists BUT they instrument I fear is the one I can't play!! Guitar!!! please help!! I have about 6 guitarists in the class (27 in one class!) Is the key of E flat ok for guitarists or is it really difficult? Its in E flat at the mo and thats great for the wind players (particularly the saxes and claris but have good oboists and flautists too). Just wondering about the guitarists - is there a more guitar friendly key (they are all about grade 1/2/3) I could transpose it all to?

    Thank you all lovely music colleagues :)
     
  3. v12

    v12

    Eb wouldn't be very nice for guitarists.
    F major might be a good compromise for every one - G maj for the Bb instruments, D major for the Eb instruments and if the guitarists find the barre tricky - a tiny bit of scordiatura is easy to put the strings up a semitone (they would then play in E major).
    Perhaps.
     
  4. Thanks V12 - the only prob with going to F is that the singers (all female) would then go up a pitch and its all going to be a little bit high I fear...how about if I transpose it down a minor third to C (from the E flat) - hopefully that would be ok for the guitarists (not really worried about the saxes they can take care of themselves quite well)

    Cheers :)
     
  5. One possible solution may be asking the guitarists to tune half a step up.
     
  6. Capo?
     
  7. v12

    v12

    Oo, yes please. No sugar and just a splinkling of chocolocolate on mine!
     
  8. nikkib_1986

    nikkib_1986 New commenter

    V12 your post actually made me laugh out loud! [​IMG]
     
  9. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

  10. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

    If your transposing instrumentalists can cope with a few accidentals, how about writing it in E (great for guitar)?
     

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