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Sing along music #2585842
11/09/16 07:37 PM
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My brother gave me a music book called Songs of the Gilded Age.

Looks like it will be fun to give it a go only the music has three lines, I assume the top line is for singing and the two that are left - Ive never played music with three lines.

I'd appreciate, this for my enjoyment, thanks for helping out. smile

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Yes, the top line is usually for the song itself.

Have fun with that book! smile Those were the days when sheet music was king.


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Depending on how the music is written, the top line melody for the singer may not be repeated in the bottom two staves that are accompaniment. If you want to play these without a singer, you may have to look at how to add the melody line to the accompaniment to make it stand-alone music that sounds good for solo piano.

Just play around with it and see how you can add the melody to the accompaniment.

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Oh wow- I've got that book, I think. Is it the Golden Press edition? Hardcover with colorful illustrations and little background stories about the songs?

If so-- the top stave is the vocal line (melody). The top notes of the right hand on the middle stave are exactly the same as the top stave.
(Except for held vocal notes, when the right hand fills in the rest of the measure.)

The vocal melody line also looks a little different from the piano melody line. Vocal line notes are generally not joined with beams, but the piano notes are. "Hurrah for Baffin's Bay" is a good example of this.

It's very basic arranging to have the piano and the singer both doing the melody... it's helpful for some singers to have that constant accompanying cue of "how the song goes." Plus, the piano accompaniment alone is sufficient to play the melody, if there is no singer. Get your brother to sing along grin

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Hi cefinow we have the same book. I can play the top line it's the other two lines, maybe it's the way I play it but they don't sound the same as the top line. Don't know how accompianist do this.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions. smile

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Originally Posted by musdan
Hi cefinow we have the same book. I can play the top line it's the other two lines, maybe it's the way I play it but they don't sound the same as the top line. Don't know how accompianist do this.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions. smile


Sometimes, if I'm playing a piano arrangement of an unfamiliar song, it's hard for me to pick up the melody while I'm also trying to read all the other notes. So I will just learn the vocal line by itself first. Then, when I go back and play the piano arrangement again, I can hear the melody more easily.

That's a fun (and funny) book, anyway! The lyrics of some of those old songs are a hoot.



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