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How do you cover a guitar part with violin/ Keep a background cohesive.
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June 11, 2014 - 12:04 pm
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so I ran into a bit of a problem recently, I am a fiddler who is very interested in the jazz and blues style, pretty good at theory not the strongest ear but I make do. I recently began working with a singer and we had a guitarist. We were requested for a gig and agreed then our guitarist left us. All I have is the sheet music with melody and chords. Theoretically I know I could use chops or a string line but I would like something that's violin/viola appropriate and can be sustained/changed through out the song it would just be me and a singer. We are working on standards such as

"when sunny gets blue"

"someone to watch over me"


Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

P.s Also if you feel as though this won't work or if there is a better way to go about any of this please let me know, I am completely opened to suggestions.

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June 13, 2014 - 10:02 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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This is a common question because there are not that many people out there doing it. That doesn't mean that it is all that difficult. The thing that you need to remember when playing accompaniment with no guitar, bass or drums is that you are the rhythm section.
Naturally, playing the bass tone in every chord at least kind of regularly on or off the beat will work. Adding a third, fifth or both is effective either as double stops or alternating rhythmically. Chops are great as well.
Let the focus be on the singer unless you take over the melody or ad lib break.
Don't play full out on the comp unless you and the singer decide to do a climax together in a phrase and go back to playing under him or her right afterwards.
Naturally if the singer has a mic and you d0 not, you may need to play much more to balance.
Good luck :) It's a lot of fun.

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