Alright, in this guide I'm going to try to tackle several things about making a proper replacement arrangement, and address the sensitive topic of who to credit in a replacement arrangement.
Firstly, what is a replacement arrangement? Replacement Arrangement
Pronunciation: [ri-PLEYS-muhnt] [uh-REYNJ-muhnt]
Definition: an arrangement meant to replace an existing arrangement.
Okay, so I think we all get that part. But why replace an arrangement already on the site? Don't we have updaters who check for quality before they upload the files? Currently, yes. Have we always, though? No. Some older files on our site date back to the time before we had a set standard for how they should look, or the accuracy of the music.
The way I see it, there are only two logical reasons to replace and existing file on the site:1)
The hosted file is not in compliance with our current set of standards. (formatting, theory, how the sheet LOOKS)2)
Someone has submitted a better version of an arrangement than the hosted file. (the quality of what's written-the MUSIC itself)
So lets say that you make the decision to replace an already-hosted arrangement. Who do you give the arrangement credit to? Based on you're approach to creating the replacement arrangement, the following three scenarios should clearly explain who to put in the "Arrangement by _______
" spot of the file.The Three Types of Replacement Arrangements1) A Revised Arrangement
In this method, you have taken the hosted arrangement and cleaned it up. Perhaps you've added a key change here, a time change there, reformatted the text to look nicer, etc. You may have changed a couple notes or en harmonic spellings, but for the most part you've just made it easier to read. In short, you've changed the presentation of the arrangement. Who gets the credit?
The original arranger.Why?
The logic behind it is that you didn't arrange/transcribe anything, you've just cleaned up a messy file. Thanks! :D2) A Revisited Arrangement
In this method, you have taken the hosted arrangement, cleaned it up, and did a bit more. Say you rearranged that whole bridge section, fixed some rhythms, or wrote out a new bass line for that left hand part. Now the arrangement looks nicer AND is more accurate to the original! In short, you've made it easier to read AND added to the arrangement musically.Who gets the credit?
The original arranger, but underneath that you have the option to add an "Edited by ______
Since you have edited the music itself, it should be known. Though, you still did not arrange the tune, so you are technically not the "arranger." If you are not sure where you fall between the revised and revisited arrangements, ask an updater.3) A Challenge Arrangement
In this method, you have decided to start from scratch. You have created a new file and transcribed/arranged everything without any relation to the hosted file. Basically, you are challenging the current file for the hosting privileges, based on the idea that your arrangement has more to offer. Who gets the credit?
If you arranged it, it's yours, so put your name on it.
Well, that's about all I can think of right now. If you have any questions about the above material, or had a question about something that I didn't cover, shoot me a PM
. I'll be glad to help clear thing up. :J