Violin & Guitar [popular] Covers (HELP!!!)
omg so...I was voluntold to play something at work next month w/ a guy who plays guitar (he strums chords). The idea is for us to play some sort of cover; something recognizable; modern. I am a fairly accomplished violinist and am not worried about being able to play whatever song. I just don't want a disaster i.e., cring-tier bad cover.
Any of you have ideas for songs that ideally: a) wont be cringe, b) an average, amateur guitarist can play, and c) the music exists for?
Please help, tia!
Just my 5 cents: you approach a popsong like a classical violinist and that is often the start of a cringe. The average guitarist can strum the average popsong without a lot of effort if they only have the chords (which are all over internet) Don't look for sheet music. Pic a popsong and learn it by ear. The most are very simple, it takes you 1 evening to figure it out.
I personally am going to do a duet of Cafe 1930, from Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango, with a friend of mine (This piece was recently more popular). If the guy you're working with is willing to play mostly notes instead of just chords, this piece is something you can consider. My friend who had learnt the classical guitar for a little over a year already learnt this piece halfway after two weeks. I personally took a month to finish learning the piece (violin) as I just got back to playing the violin after 3 years of not touching it, so I was touching up my playing skills halfway through learning the piece. Overall, it is a beautiful piece and not very hard to play.
Fake Books;--have hundreds of tunes in the format of melody and chord symbols.
I agree with M snellen. Learn by ear. The pentatonic scale is the ultimate crutch: find the ones that work in the song and you can noodle to fill time. Just watch for the dominant.
Fake books, as Joel has suggested.
Could somebody clarify what is meant by 'fake books'? I'm a little puzzled.
A fake book is a collection of lead sheets. These sheets will have the chords symbols, the basic melody, and notated chords/harmony, generally no more than one or two sheets of music per tune. A fake book could contain hundreds of such sheets.
Thanks, Mary Ellen! I was baffled, but I realize I have one or two of these - Broadway hit tunes etc. squirreled away at home.
I'm seconding Mary Ellen's recommendation of Beatles tunes. Tunes like "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby" will span a couple of audience generations at least.