descant for God Bless America

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  1. songbook

    songbook Piano User

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    I have been asked to play behind our female soloist in church during our 4th of july service. Does anyone have any ideas as to what can be done with "GOD BLESS AMERICA"? She has a beautiful voice, and I don't want to over power her. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. gmonady

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    How about playing it with a Harmon Mute in while backing up the singer... would add a real touch of American jazz flavor AND subdued to not distract the audience from her beautiful voice.
     
  3. songbook

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    gmonady, good advice. Do you have any ideas , besides playing melody with her?
     
  4. gmonady

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    What I hear is similar to what is going on around 4:30 in this video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLOzKt2ZjfU
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

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    A lot depends on how conservative and/or hip your church is. What works best is to fill in the rests in the melody, and provide some long, background notes. An alternative to harmon-muted jazz licks is to play unmuted fanfare licks in the rests.
     
  6. songbook

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    Chris Botti does a nice job, but I wasn't looking for something as jazzy. More like a church descant. I guess I,m not making myself very clear. Maybe some fanfares on the long notes might get me by. Thanks again for all your help.
     
  7. gmonady

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    No.. you are pretty clear... The Chris Botti clip was the closest I could find. I actually hear you playing the lead line behind her, and perhaps some nice phrase in between the pauses that break up the vocal line.
     
  8. songbook

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    That I can do. Thanks again for your time.
     

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