Guitar Ensemble Guitar - Level 2 - Digital Download
By Billy Joel. By Billy Joel. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Contemporary,Pop. Score and parts. 24 pages. Derek Hasted #5299683. Published by Derek Hasted (A0.797770).
UPTOWN GIRL - THREE or FOUR GUITARS or LARGE ENSEMBLE
For Classical or Acoustic Guitar - sometimes it's erroneously listed here as Electric Guitar.
Derek Hasted writes "This very playable but satisfying arrangement suits 3 guitars, 4 guitars or (even better!) a large ensemble.
This is a piece that's full of hidden gems...
For an audience it's absolutely full of uplifting key changes - not just one on the last chorus!
This arrangement starts in A, but visits the keys of F, C, D and E more than once, and each one seems to lift the mood yet higher. And then there's a gentle fade away to a quiet finish.
For an adult trio, it's an easy rhythmic crowd-pleaser that any audience will like. Each line has its own contribution to the overall big wall of toe-tapping sound.
For a guitar teacher, it's a great exercise in rhythm and a chance to show students the half-diminished chord (the m7b5) and the poignancy of the flattened ninth. And indeed to remind them that there's more to good music than just three chords!
For a school teacher, this trio comes with a potential life-saver - there's a second version of the Guitar 2 part that is split into two separate parts - 2a and 2b. These parts are ideal for a mixed ability ensemble where one or two players are new starters with guitar (yes, the Guitar 2b part really is that easy!)
So play as a trio or a quartet - the choice is yours, and rest assured that an ensemble of widely differing abilities will be able to tackle it to great effect.
I hope you enjoy this piece as much as my adult Guitar Workshop ensemble does!"
This is one of a large and growing range of accessible ensembles from experienced arranger Derek Hasted, and is supplied as full score and parts. Derek's website at www.derek-hasted.co.uk/smp lists all his arrangements by title and by "number of instruments", with links to soundclips and sample score.
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