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Day 293: Apologize

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

One of the 4 songs I bought the sheet music for the other day was One Republic’s Apologize (It’s actually Timbaland ft. One Republic, but really, saying eh eh eh shouldn’t make you the main artist!)! The arrangement I found was a cappella for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bass, and one tenor solo part. That’s right. EIGHT individual parts!!! And all of them completely different from each other with syncopated rhythms fitting together to make this crazy background to the solo.

At any rate, this was definitely one that I had to write out all the parts to in GarageBand before recording just so I could get them all down. So I did that one day, and then recorded all the parts the next! The bass part was waaaayyyyy too low for me, so I recorded it up an octave and then brought it down in GB. It’s surprisingly NOT robotic sounding like some of the other times I’ve done that, but it’s a very small and simple part, so that’s probably why. I have to tell you, this whole arrangement was hard. I could see an a cappella group being able to perform this after practicing it for a really, really long time, but for me just listening to and singing the parts a few times, this was super difficult. I would actually be really impressed if I heard a group do this arrangement, because I know how difficult it is! But, at any rate, I finally got all the tracks recorded and here’s how it turned out!


This is another one that you should really listen to with headphones just to hear all the parts! Although, then you’ll hear more clearly when I goofed up… but oh well!! I’m actually pretty happy with how this turned out, all things considered. Just wish some things line up better… On that note does anyone know how to change the metronome in GB to eighth notes versus quarter when you’re recording? That would have helped a LOT! Anyways, hope you enjoy it! I’ve got a few other projects I’m working on right now, but my day off Friday will be spent trying to look for a new apartment!! So, I hope to get a few posts in this weekend!

Anna Grace