UNDERSTANDING 4-PART MIXED ARRANGEMENTS
Our mixed arrangements are written to make good use of very tight chords (notes close to each other). In order to make it easier for each of the parts to “find” their correct notes in those chords, the music is written in two staves (treble and bass).
Notice the “8” underneath the treble clef sign — this indicates that all notes shown on the treble staff are actually SUNG an octave (8 notes) lower.
The tenor (highest notes) will always have their “note tails” pointing up.
The lead (melody notes) will always be shown with their tails pointing down.
The baritone notes will be written with their tails up in the bass staff.
The bass notes will be written with their tails down in the bass staff.
Baritones and Basses sing the notes as written.
PlayScore 2 Is a free app for iphones and androids that will playback music with stunning accuracy and play individual parts with a few adjustments. The PRO version is not needed.
Here’s a link to a very good YouTube tutorial on using PlayScore 2 — you will want to pay attention to the section starting at 13:44