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Sovay - Sheet Music Harmony Parts, Solos and Riffs

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    This download is for the sheet music for arrangement materials for a traditional folk song - riffs, harmonies, instrumental solos and accompaniments. Backing track also included. See below for full details!
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Sovay 03:34


This is a download pack of sheet music, lyrics and a midi file which will help you make a folk band arrangement of the traditional song "Sovay".

I've made an example recording of the sort of thing you can do with it, which is also included in the download.

There's also a "karaoke" version - just the backing without the vocal, for singers to use in the absence of a band.

As you'll hear from the recording, this song may be a little trickier than some of my other arrangements. The notes themselves are not hard to play, but as the original melody is in irregular and frequently changing time signatures, there is quite a lot of counting and listening to be done when learning this particular piece of music. Hopefully you'll enjoy the challenge!



* Vocal harmony part
* Newly composed simple instrumental intro / riff, with a melody and harmony part
* Scored piano accompaniment
* Chords
* Lyrics
* Instrumental and bass part accompaniments to played alongside vocal line
* Instrumental "show-off" parts for more advanced players to use as solos over both the riff and verse sections


* Demo recording as heard above
* Backing track - the demo recording without the vocals, for singers to use if they have no musicians to play with


* MIDI file
* Example form scheme


You'll receive one pdf file that has all the different parts, as follows:

* Full Score
* Lead (riff melody, vocal melody, chord symbols)
* Piano + Lead (piano part plus the Lead score on small staves)
* Piano on its own
* Vocals (melody and harmony together)
* Instrument 1
* Instrument 2
* Instrumental Solos
* Bass
* Instruments 1+2, Solos and Bass all on one page (for ease of arrangement in smaller groups)

I also include a lyric sheet, and my arrangement's form scheme as an example - but you can arrange it how ever you like!

(n.b. piano part plays throughout)

Riff 1: instrument 1 plays riff

Verse 1: Vocal melody
Verse 2: vocal melody + harmony

Riff 2: instruments 1 + 2 play riff, bass part

Verse 3: Vocal melody, bass, instrument 1
Verse 4: Vocal melody + harmony, bass, instruments 1 + 2

Riff 3: instrument 2 plays instrumental solo. Bass part continues.

Verse 5: Vocal melody, bass
Instrumental verse: instruments 1+2 play vocal melody and harmony lines, bass

Verse 6: Vocal melody, instrument 1 plays instrumental solo part. Bass stops
Verse 7: Vocal melody + harmony, instruments 1+2, bass starts again

Riff 4: Instrument 1 plays riff, instrument 2 plays instrumental solo part

Instrumental verse: Instrument 2 plays vocal melody line, instrument 1 plays instrumental solo part.


If you'd like to check out my instrumental tune harmony parts for fiddle bands and other instruments, these can be found at www.georgianettleton.com


Please note: if you are using the Bandcamp app (e.g. on a mobile or tablet) you will not be able to see the pdf files - these must be downloaded onto a laptop or desktop computer via a link sent by email before you can use them. (This is a limitation of some mobile/tablet devices, not a problem with your download!)


released July 7, 2018

Georgia Nettleton - composition/arrangement, violin, recorder, keyboard, bass
Anna Collins - vocals


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Sheet music, demo recordings and backing tracks for folksong arrangements, brought to you by Georgia Nettleton.

You can use these riffs, harmony parts, instrumental accompaniments and solos to build your own folk band arrangements.
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