Where should I put all these musical pirates?
April 22, 2009 12:33 PM Subscribe
Tell me how to arrange eight to twelve singers, a guitarist (acoustic), a fiddler and a bodhrán
player, all unamplified, for best overall audibility and musicality.
posted by Faint of Butt to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Assume an outdoor setting with effectively unlimited performance space. There is no electricity or amplification of any artificial nature available. The singers can be grouped into sopranos, altos, baritones and basses. Some songs are led by a soloist with backing vocals, and others are more choral and involve the whole ensemble equally. All of the performers need to be able to hear all of the other performers so that everyone can stay in time and on key, and the audience needs to hear the whole group.
What's the best way to do this? Should we just arrange ourselves in an old-fashioned semicircle? Where do we put the soloists and instruments? Help me, AskMe musicians, and let me find a good solution before the next gig! Thank you!