Post # 1
i’m starting to have issues with my musicians (violin and guitar) who of course were very flexible in the beginning and now are giving me no direction!
they want me to choose my pre and post wedding ceremony songs by the end of the week, but they have to be songs that will work with their instruments, or songs they already play. I have only been able to get out of them 3 songs that they’ve done before, and did choose one “memories of us”, but still need to find 2…
they have offered to play pre-recorded versions of songs that we like, but that totally defeats the purpose of having live musicians! my plan is to go to them with a list of 5 songs and ask if any will work. the first song we chose is country, so would like to find something of a different genre…any good websites that list music would be really helpful too!!
thanks so much, need to have finalized by friday 🙂
Post # 3
Hmmm. They are working for you. So if I were you I would demand a list of suggested songs that they can play. Do you have to provide the sheet music too?
Post # 4
We used a harpist and following are the songs that I requested she play. Most all of these can be done on violin and guitar, I would think, since all are string instruments. You’ll notice our taste is more classical than contemporary…
Guest Seating — Air on the G string, Somewhere over the Rainbow
Seating of Mothers — Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bridal Procession — Canon in D
Recessional — Trumpet Voluntary
All of these songs can be heard on youtube if you are not familiar with them.
Post # 5
no idont have to provide sheet music. i asked for a song list, and they gave me 3 songs! we chose 1, and suggested another (and they can’t play that one). now i feel like i’m just taking a stab in the dark trying to find songs that will work! she actually told me to search online for songs!
Post # 6
What about Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)? That has some great violin in it. Another option might be to have them play along with recorded music, so they don’t have to carry the song, just add to it.
Post # 7
this is what i have chosen thus far:
pre-ceremony- “memories of us” and ??
processional/bridal march- “canon in d”
ceremony hymn- “in christ alone”
reccesional- “wedding march/midsummers night dream”
post service- ??
i suggested another 5 songs, if none will work then i’m going the classical route and telling them to chose, this seems so rediculous! i just need a list of some songs and would have no problem choosing our favorites…
i liked the somewhere over the rainbow suggestion too 🙂
Post # 8
I would honestly be concerned if I hired musicians, asked for a song list, and only got three songs! We hired a string quartet for our ceremony, and their song list was probably 200 songs long. How did you find them?
Post # 9
FYI – here’s my string quartet’s website, which has their song list. You may be able to get some ideas from that list. http://www.haasequartet.com/
Post # 10
I’m a wedding musician (violin and guitar etc) and we have lists of hundreds of songs and instrumentals! there’s something fishy about this. If they can’t give a real list, maybe you should unhire them and find somebody else. I think the Playford Country Dances are really beautiful for prelude and postlude – they’re from the 17th-18th century and are sort of between classical and folk music. they lay very well on guitar and fiddle.