The ‘standard’ Pop Band line-up consists of: -
Lead Vocal (depending on piece)
Lyrics (depending on piece)
Group Vocals (depending on piece)
3 Stave - Master Keyboards (can also be used as a mini short score)
2 Stave - Guide Keyboards
Bass Guitar (4 String) & (5 String)
Instrumentation in detail.
Lead Vocal. This is the lead vocal part in both notation and text format. The notation follows the style and phrasing of the original song. We suggest that after learning the piece from the notation, the large format words can be used onstage as a reminder if required. Of course, if the piece is an instrumental work the vocal part(s) will be omitted.
Group Vocals. Written for a maximum of 3 male and/or 3 female singers, this part is also available in notation and large format words. If available, the group vocal singers (BV's) could also play some suitable percussion instruments.
Master Keyboards. This is a 3 stave part. The upper stave primarily contains the lead vocal cue; the middle stave contains the keyboard part plus any
important cues; the lower stave contains the bass cue. This part also contains chord symbols and can be used by a keyboard player, by a keyboard vocalist
Master Keyboard can be utilised as a guide conductor part for a musical director.
Guide Keyboards. This is based upon the master keyboard part. This part uses two staves and does not include the lead vocal cues. Chords are included.
Bass (4 String). This bass part can be played by a standard 4 string bass guitar with standard tuning.
Bass (5 String). This part can be used by a player when/if the range goes below E which can occur quite frequently if the key is lowered from the pitch of the original recording. This part can also be played by a keyboard player if the sound on the original recording is a synth.
Drums. This part is arranged for a standard kit which includes (kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, crash cymbal, ride cymbal plus three tom-toms and cowbell).
Alto Saxophone. As part of the 4 front line section, the Alto sax player may also be required to double on Clarinet and/or possibly flute.
Tenor Saxophone. As part of the 4 front line section, the Tenor sax player may also be required to double on Flute and/or possibly Clarinet.
Trumpet. As part of the 4 front line section. The player may be required to double on flugelhorn. A full set of mutes are required.
Trombone. As part of the 4 front line section. A full set of mutes are required.