I know alot of you guys are interested in arranging for big band, so I thought I would do a few quick lessons on the steps and issues that need to be considered before you put one note on paper (or in your computer!) Consider the arranger’s equivalent of the carpenter’s saying “measure twice, cut once.”
The more time and careful effort you take preparing a chart to be written will undoubtedly save you time, energy, and frustration in the long run.
This first lesson will show you the items that I consider to be the most basic (and the most important) things to consider when beginning to work on a big band chart.
Some of these specifics will be covered more in detail in subsequent video lessons in this series, but if you do have any questions, feel free to leave them (or comments) in the comment section below.
NOTE: for best viewing, click on the upper right hand corner of the video to expand out to a full screen. (running time is 10:22)
(Transcription in PDF format coming very soon)