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The Water is Wide - sheet music for harmonies, riffs and instrumental solos

by Instant Folk Band!

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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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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 "The Water is Wide" (also known as "O Waly Waly").

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.



* 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 (A): Instrument 1 plays riff
Riff 1 (B): Instrument 1 plays riff, Instrument 2 plays riff harmony

Verse 1: Vocal melody,
Verse 2: Vocal melody, Vocal harmony, Instrument 1 accompaniment part, bass part

Riff 2 (A): Instrumental solo on recorder, bass part
Riff 2 (B): Instrumental solo on recorder, Instrument 1 riff on violin, bass part

Verse 3: Violin plays instrumental solo (no vocal), bass part
Verse 4: Vocal melody, Vocal harmony, Instruments 1+2 accompaniment parts (no bass)

Riff 3 (A): Violin plays instrumental solo, bass part
Riff 3 (B): Violin plays instrumental solo, Instrument 1+2 play riff, bass part

This is the first arrangement I've made in my new Instant Folk Band project! 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 21, 2017

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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