Arranging for Guitar: Gracias a La Vida by Violeta Parra

Have you ever wanted to arrange a song for guitar and wondered how to do it? Arranging involves many crucial decisions: What key to choose? Which register to use? How should we harmonise the melody? How many notes would we add to the accompaniment?

In this livestream, Emmanuel Sowicz will break down his process of arranging Gracias a La Vida by the Chilean composer Violeta Parra. You can find a link to his performance in the forum.


We are going to be using this thread to gather suggestions and questions!

  • What questions do you have on this topic?
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  • Gracias a la Vida (arr. Sowicz) //

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  • Excellent graphic depiction. Gray area a good choice. 

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    • Michael Carlson Thanks Michael!

  • Thank you for another excellent livestream.  Looking forward to the lesson release. 

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    • Bill Young Glad you enjoyed it, Bill!

      See you around soon, E

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    I've been working on this piece lately. I'm just stunned by what a gorgeous arrangement this is. Spare and yet lush, so expressive. The challenge definitely is to play up to the beauty of the piece. 

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  • Thanks for reminding me. I saw Manny played this at a livestream before the lesson was available on Tonebase. It is the best arrangement I have seen for this piece. I started a long time ago but got sidetracked. I need to resume. 

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