We offer three avenues of learning more about Arranging and Copyrights: FAQ, Handouts and Resources.
Why do I have to learn arranging?
What’s the best way to start learning?
Do I have to play all the instruments in order to arrange?
Do I need a notation computer program?
Are pre-written arrangements available anywhere?
Why should I use chord substitutions?
Do I have to get copyright permission to use my arrangements?
- Everything and the Kitchen Sink – This is the handout by Barney Walker from the NPM Breakout of the same name. It introduces arranging techniques divided into families of instruments, individual instruments and uses or functions. It ends with a detailed description of a typical ensemble arrangement and includes an actual arrangement of One Spirit, OneChurchfor a full ensemble.
- Have I Got a Chord for You – This is the handout by Barney Walker from the NPM Breakout of the same name. It introduces the concept of chord substitution and a set of rules for enhancing the harmonic richness of an arrangement. Included is a detailed section on correct chord names and spellings. Also included are a number of popular Catholic songs with the original harmony and the enhanced harmony, complete with explanation of how each substituted chord was chosen.
- Copyright Issues – This is the handout by Gael Berberick from the NPM Breakout of the same name. It introduces the legalities of copyright and how it applies to arrangements, copying of octavos and permissions sought from publishers. Included are a number of government and private sources for information on copyrights.
- Two Arrangements – Full ensemble arrangements for Kevin Keil’s One spirit, One Church and Barney Walker’s and Gael Berberick’s Be With Us.
- Liturgical Ensemble Basics – An OCP publication divided into chapters about each instrument (including sound systems). Each chapter has been written by an acknowledged expert in the field. The book was edited by M.D. Ridge and Gerard Chiusano.
- Dolmetsch Online – A website that contains an outstanding section on instruments and their ranges, both professional and amateur. Also included are clef and transpositions.
- Barney Walker Email – The email address for Ensemble Section Program Director, Barney Walker, a professional composer and arranger, who is willing to answer individual questions concerning arrangements.