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Uptown Girl - 3 or 4 guitars or large ensemble

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By Billy Joel, Glee Cast

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Guitar, (3 or 4 guitars or large ensemble) - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
By Billy Joel, Glee Cast. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Score, Set of Parts. 24 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (H0.725293-SC001290746).

Item Number: H0.725293-SC001290746

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. Check out Derek's other arrangements - search SheetMusicPlus for Derek Hasted and you'll see the full list, all with soundclips and sample score. Derek's website at has all the arrangements grouped by "number of instruments".

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