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F.A.Q.

What is included in a typical "Full Score and Parts?"

  • Lead Sheet, Piano, Conductor's Score, Handbells
  • Flute 1&2, Oboe, Clarinet 1&2, Bassoon
  • F Horn, Trumpet 1, 2, & 3, Trombone 1&2, Tuba
  • Bells/Chimes, Aux Percussion, Timpani
  • Violin 1&2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Alternate Parts: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax/Euphonium T.C. , Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet

Why is there no "rhythm" or "drum set" part?

  • Unless the drum set part is well-written, it isn't worth the paper it is printed on. I have found that most drummers want to know what is going on in the music, and for that, a lead sheet with the significant orchestra hits indicated works better.
  • Rhythm parts often are 2-stave pieces with rests, various riffs, and chords. That translates into twice the number of page turns for rhythm players. As not every musician in church even reads music, I have found it easier to get a non-music-reading musician to accept a lead sheet over a rhythm part.

I heard a mistake in your recording!

  • I use recordings from the orchestra at Colonial Baptist Church, often in a live setting. This gives you a good perspective of what my music will sound like in a church setting where everyone isn't a professional musician under an ideal acoustic environment.

Why are there rests in the handbell parts? Handbell music doesn't contain rests!

  • Many instruments in an orchestra do not play all of the time. There are moments in the music where handbells would not fit well.
  • Key changes can be very challenging to handbell choirs. Giving them a few measures rest can be the difference making it possible to prepare in 1-2 rehearsals.

Where's the handbells used chart?

  • Many of these arrangements are highly chromatic. You will likely use most of your bells.
  • Finale's Bells Used plugin is difficult to work with and not always reliable. It resizes staves, merges measures it shouldn't, and in general, is more trouble than it is worth.
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