Lead Vocal. If there is a vocalist on the original recording, the lead vocal part comes in a combination of both traditional notation and text format. After the musical notated pages comes text only pages’ containing just the lyrics in a large sized font ideal to read at distance. We suggest for rehearsals the singer uses the notation to reproduce the style and phrasing of the original song. After the piece is learnt the large format words can be used onstage (if required) as a reminder if required. Of course, if the piece is an instrumental work the vocal part(s) will not be available.
Group Vocals. Written for a maximum of 3 male and/or 3 female singers, this part is also available in notation and may include large format lyrics. If the instruments are available, the group vocal singers (BV's) could also play suitable percussion.
Guitar. The Guitar part is designed to be played by a single player and as such may be a composite of the various parts from the original recording. The Guitar part may also include a separate ‘guide’ part which is notated in a way that most professional guitarists would expect to see. If so it could include just the chord names and rhythm indication or a slash region which the guitarist would need to interpret. The Guitar part will always include a chord diagram chord sheet of the chords used within the song.
Master Keyboards. A comprehensive 3 stave part. The upper stave primarily contains the lead vocal cue, the middle stave contains the primary keyboard part plus any important cues. The lower stave contains the bass cue. This part contains chord symbols throughout and can be used by a keyboard player, by a keyboard vocalist or can be used as a Conductor guide for a musical director. Descriptive names are used in the patch list to help the player select the appropriate tones.
Guide Keyboards. This is similar to the Master Keyboard part although the Guide Keyboards only uses two staves and does not include any lead vocal cues. Chords are included as well as a ‘Patch list’ informing the player of what sounds they will be expected to select at some point in the song..
Bass (4 String). This bass part is displayed using standard musical notation and can be played by a standard 4 string bass guitar using standard tuning.
Bass (5 String). This part uses standard notation 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 an additional keyboard player if the sound on the original recording is a bass synth of some kind.
Drums. This part is arranged for a standard drum kit which includes (kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, crash cymbal, ride cymbal plus three tom-toms and cowbell). The part is written using standard notation. Occasionally a guide part may be included. Included in every drum part is an index (Nomenclature) of the drums used.
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. Depending on the piece and if doubling is required, an Alternate saxophone part may be included. See What are the alternate sax parts.
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. Depending on the piece and if doubling is required, an Alternate saxophone part may be included. See What are the alternate sax parts.
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.
Scores. Included with every song are two copies of the score. One score will be in Concert pitch and the other will be Transposed. The Band Leader / Musical Director can use whichever version they prefer.