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Re: The Arranging Checklist™
« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2017, 05:34:23 AM »

Althought this stuff is pretty basic, NSM really needs more arranging guides like this.
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Re: The Arranging Checklist™
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2017, 05:23:41 PM »

I totally agree^ I hope to do some more in the future.
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Re: The Arranging Checklist™
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2017, 12:29:46 AM »

IX. Make certain that your arrangement is playable to the human body, not a Finale robot.

Last night I went through the classic Metroid Brinstar theme and found numerous mistakes so I put a bunch of effort into getting all 3 voices properly transcribed (https://musescore.com/user/15303996/scores/3382306). The issue is some of these corrections put the voices just too spread out to play.

Is there a place on the site to host accurate, but unplayable transcriptions? I like the challenge of arranging, but are there best practices to follow? E.g. if a middle voice goes too low is is better to cut out, transpose it up, or simplify the bass to keep it?

I also have to do download Finale and learn yet another piece of software, but it can be done.
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Re: The Arranging Checklist™
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2017, 12:39:44 AM »

Is there a place on the site to host accurate, but unplayable transcriptions? I like the challenge of arranging, but are there best practices to follow?
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If anything gets on the site, it needs to be humanly playable, and hopefully not require a graduate degree to be able to play. That said, there are some older pieces by a few certain arrangers which may be even beyond that skill level, because we have not always had these standards. I probably didn't explain anything here you wanted to know, but, eh. Could you be more specific?

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Re: The Arranging Checklist™
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2017, 01:13:40 AM »

Last night I went through the classic Metroid Brinstar theme and found numerous mistakes so I put a bunch of effort into getting all 3 voices properly transcribed (https://musescore.com/user/15303996/scores/3382306).
The one on site? Yeah, some of the older sheets may not be quite so good... Quality assurance has really only become a thing in the past few years. You're welcome to submit a replacement for it (probably an edit replacement) once you get Finale software up and running.

Is there a place on the site to host accurate, but unplayable transcriptions?
Personal Arrangement Threads is best if you plan on converting these transcriptions into piano sheets!

I like the challenge of arranging, but are there best practices to follow? E.g. if a middle voice goes too low is is better to cut out, transpose it up, or simplify the bass to keep it?
That's the fun of arranging! ;D While in many cases one route may be particularly direct or obvious (see: exact transcription), the way you deal with more complex songs and sections is up to you. There's no one-size-fits-all answer to that; it's up to you to experiment with different ways of writing it out for piano. Browsing sheets on site (high-quality ones, of course) while listening to the originals is quite helpful and exposes you to all kinds of arranging methods - everyone has their own style.
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