The original version of this page can be found at :
Posted By : tomoc_99 - 12/28/2014 10:15 PM
For instance a guitar, with three part voices, and multiple lyric verses.
a) are the voices on the top, or the instruments?
b) do the lyrics go under the top voice line or the bottom? (of three voices)

Posted By : Mike Rosen - 12/29/2014 1:16 AM
Welcome to the forum.

It depends. Is it a true, written out guitar part, or just chords?

I would put the voices on top. I like to put the lyric line under each voice part. I find it less confusing, although, as a bass, I'm quite used to having them above. But if I was singing the top line, I wouldn't want my lyrics two or three staves away.

With multiple verses, I would write it out. I hate having to backtrack and keep an eye on which verse I'm in.

Accompaniment should go below the voices.

Please add the program and version you are using to your signature, in the user control panel.

Mike Rosen

Bass with Choir of the Sound
Volunteer notation editor (The Gang of Eight) for the Barbershop Harmony Society

Finale 2010, 2011, 2012c, 2014d, on Yosemite 10.10.1
Simple Entry, QWERTY keyboard. That's my system, and I'm stickin' to it.

"As a musician, he's a damn fine woodworker."

Posted By : Peter West - 12/29/2014 11:36 AM
I'm with Mike on this, though depending on the guitar part, I might put the guitar above and have the voices in between guitar and piano. So if the guitar were just accompaniment, I'd do as Mike says, but if it were a kind of obbligato part with interesting material of its own, then it might be better positioned above the voices.

Music Publishing Services

iMac 27 inch, 8GB RAM /OSX.10.10.1 +20 inch Cinema Display
Finale 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2014d/Logic Pro X