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Transposing a piece for a string quartet to bass.....

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Fassa Albrecht, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Recently I've had the rather stupid idea of adapting a piece for a string quartet (two violins, a cello and a doublebass) for an electric bass piece.

    Problem is I know nothing about violins/cellos and so I don't even know whether it is even possible to do this and how to even go about doing it, especially from treble clef.

    The idea is that I adapt the four seperate parts into one bassline whilst keeping the melody and the feel of the piece intact.
  2. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Firstly, most string quartets are comprised of two violins, a viola, and a 'cello. Depending on the piece you select, all of those parts may be pretty independent of each other. Usually if you have a double bass, you're talking about a chamber orchestra, where you'd most likely have five independent parts. :eek:

    The easiest way to do would be (1) analyze the piece to get the chord progression, (2) isolate the melody as much as possible, (3) re-arrange the piece to have the melody on top and a semblence of the progressions underneath. It can be done, and as long as you highlight the melody, people will recognize it for what it is.

    Good luck, and post it up when you finish it!

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