I recently completed a big band arrangement of the tune Sister Sadie. There are some very straight ahead and common techniques in the chart, so I thought I would take this lesson to show you some of them.
Some of the techniques you will learn in the video below are:
1) Using the intro as a solo for an instruments;
2) Using melodic couplings for melody players;
3) Changing/alternating styles within a chart
4) Using a small amount of material for the arrangement, and reworking it for different combinations of players/sections/ranges, etc.
5) Writing solos for players, but reducing notation to 80% to indicate they don’t have to play what is written;
6) Shortening the form on a D.S. to the coda.
This video is about 10 minutes. You can listen to the Finale generated audio while studying the concert score below the video. If you’d like to purchase this chart for your band, you can do so below and you’ll get the 4 horn combo version for the same price. let me know if you have any questions.
NOTE: Best viewed in full screen mode. Click the lower right corner of the player to open to full screen.
Click the file below to view. use your mouse and mouse wheel to scroll and navigate. Audio is no longer supported by the flash score below, so use the audio player below to listen.sistersadiebigband.mp3
Purchase this big band chart and get a 4 horn combo version free with purchase. Includes PDF Score and Parts, Finale 2010 file, and XML file (for Sibelius users)