One of the best arranging classes I ever had in college was one whereby students passed around their scores to everyone in the class. As each score was critiqued by the instructor, you had the opportunity to learn from everyone else’s mistakes. I thought this was great because I knew that learning this way would definitely speed up the arranging “learning curve”, simply because I could learn from ALOT of mistakes at once – at I didn’t necessarily have to make them myself.
With that in mind, this video is a critique of the first 8 measures of a big band arrangement done by a student of this site.
For best results, download and print the 3 pages of supplementary material here FIRST, so you can follow along with what I’m saying during the video.
By the way, I will fix the clarity of the next video so you can see the music better.