“7 Nation Army” by the White Stripe
Here’s Mark’s arrangement of 7 Nation Army. There are lots of opportunities for improvised guitar solos!
Sheet Music w/ TAB
1. Vocal Line- Spencer
2. Power Chord Riff- Edwin, Zach, Dave B, Brittany
3. Open Chords- Dave C, Julia, Michelle, Chris H
4. Lead- Austin, Margarette
5. Bass- Chris R
**If anyone would like to take a solo that isn’t listed here or is listed here but would rather not take a solo let us know**
These are improvised solos that will be happening over top of the repeated instrumental breaks from the original song. Listen to the original song and work on making musical phrases that fit well over top of it. The second solo lasts for twice as long as the other two so we’ll be splitting that one in half so everyone has the same amount of time.
1st solo- Dave B
2nd solo, first half- Chris H
2nd solo, second half- Austin
3rd solo- Spencer
1. Vocal Line
While the vocal line is the focus of the piece, it does not have much variation in terms of melody. Your ornamentation and expression will be what really bring it to life. There’s plenty of room here to embellish the melody and expand upon it but try not to go overboard.
2. Power Chord Riff
This is the most identifiable part of this song for the audience and is the main support role for the piece. We won’t be incorporating a drummer immediately so everyone in the ensemble will be listening to you and the bass as their point of reference for the rhythm of the song. Syncing up with one another and the bassist for rhythmic accuracy will be very important here.
3. Open Chords
This line is a support role that reinforces the tempo and maintains the driving force of the piece. This is the only line that will be maintaining quarter notes during the verses. This means the ensemble will be referencing your part for the overall tempo of the piece. These quarter notes really add weight to the piece. Use a light palm mute for the chords but make sure the chords have lots of punch.
This line arpeggiates main chords of the song and adds some riffs and fills. The purpose of this line is to add depth and complexity. The verses are relatively straight-forward. You will have to make sure that you sync up with one another (articulation, sustain, etc). Feel free to be heavy handed with the first note of each chord to really emphasize the changes. The B and C sections of this piece have some riffs to spice things up. I’ve written some of these riffs to be rather challenging. You can play these exactly as written or these sections can be split up, ignored, or altered as needed. The verse part of section C can be simplified as needed as well.
The bass is incredibly important in this piece. It is the first instrument to come in and there are many sections where everything drops out except for the bass. While the drummer and Part 3 will be maintaining the overall tempo, you get to set what that tempo will be at the beginning of the piece. When starting the piece, take a deep breath and imagine the tempo in your head to avoid starting too slow or fast. During the piece, make sure you are syncing up with part 2.