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Posted: 30 Nov 09, 17:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This one is for musicians. I am getting some lines from Bohemian Rhapsody tattooed and I am a bit confused.I am getting the words and vocal notes from the last few lines from " nothing really matters" etc. My confusion is thatin my piano vocal guitar book the notes seem to be really high compared to the rest of the song, whereas on my midi files the notes are an octave lower. can anyone help with this confusion as I would like to get the real notes or my tattoo will suck.

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Posted: 01 Dec 09, 10:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So... how about a tattoo with the band? Ever happened?

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Posted: 01 Dec 09, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes I got it and just finnished getting it touched up by my artis on sunday, he is a perfectionist. I go back in 2 weeks so it is healed to see if my artist is finally happy with it and to get my music done. I will post a picture once I get this done. I just need to know what is the right notes as I have mentioned,as anyone who knows about music will know if it is in the wrong octave and once on my skin it will be too late. Also I am going to send a picture to brian and he will think I am a plonker if it is wrong?



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Posted: 01 Dec 09, 17:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This file is a picture of the book which I have given my artist to copy

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Posted: 01 Dec 09, 17:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This file is from my midi file. The alto sax is the vocal

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Posted: 02 Dec 09, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wouldn't worry about it too much Forever.

The reason the two versions are an octave apart, is because one set of notation is designed for someone to sing, and the other is for a computer to play. It's standard practice for vocal notation to be written an octave higher than how it is actually sung, for ease of notation.

So, the notes from your MIDI file are technically the exact notes that Fred sings. But the notation from your PVG score uses the correct way to notate the vocal line.

I would say the more artistically correct version to use would be the PVG score version.

Whatever you do though, make sure that your artist puts the Eb key signature in the staff is he uses the PVG version, otherwise the notes will be incorrect.





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Posted: 02 Dec 09, 16:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks alot, you have made me feel much better about getting my tattoo:)


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