Ever-present towards the top of any top 100 rock or metal songs, and featured in a surprising number of films from The Muppets and the Smurfs to The Sopranos and Black Hawk Down, this has to be one of the most iconic riffs of all time. This is faithful to the original song in terms of structure and weighting given to the riff, and even includes a (slightly simplified) version of the guitar solo in the central section. There’s plenty for every player here, and a lot of unison and paired playing too. Arranged by professional arranger and cellist Dury Loveridge.
The Bacharach and David hit, originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1966. A timeless classic, featured in many movies, and a perfect song for weddings, parties and events. Faithfully arranged, this version has the gently rhythmic drive of the original, with a nice building of harmonies into the chorus. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
The third single from Jackson’s 1982 album ‘Thriller’, Beat It is one of the most recognizable riffs of all time. This arrangement has something for all parts, whilst retaining that ‘chunky’ sound of the synths. Faithful to the original song, but minus Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo near the end, the parts fall easily under the fingers and are enjoyably playable. Arranged by professional cellist and composer Dury Loveridge, this is a great addition to any string quartet’s repertoire.
Originally written for the 1998 Romance ‘City of Angels’, starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, this is the Goo Goo Dolls biggest hit. Listed at 39 in Rolling Stone’s greatest rock songs of all time, it is a great inclusion at any wedding or function. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge, this is faithfully arranged with just a slightly thicker scoring for string quartet than the original’s bare mandolin-esque repeated notes.
Queen’s massive 1979 hit ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, which Freddie Mercury later claimed to have written in ‘just five to ten minutes’. Still a hugely popular song, it’s perfect for weddings and functions. This version is faithful to the original, with the inner parts driving that shuffle guitar riff. The cello part can be optional pizz, if you want a true double bass sound too. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
Michael Buble’s massive 2009 hit, Haven’t Met You Yet, arranged for string quartet. Faithful to the original, but transposed down a semi-tone to a much more playable C major and G major (from the original C#), this is a massive hit at weddings and drinks receptions and certain to get everyone’s toes tapping. The tune remains in the 1st violin, with some a few moments of interest for the inner parts in the middle instrumental, and plenty for the cellist to get stuck into.
James Horner’s beautiful melody from the film Braveheart. A favorite for weddings, this is true to the original, which is itself a more delicate treating of the main Braveheart theme. It includes the tempo change to the quicker middle section, with something for each player to enjoy. Great for weddings, functions or school concerts. Arranged by professional cellist and arranger Dury Loveridge.
Smokey Robinson and The Temptations’ first No.1 from 1965, ‘My Girl’. A timeless classic covered by many of the world’s greatest artists including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Westlife, as well as the defining feature of the movie by the same name.
This arrangement is in a more appropriate key for string quartet (keeping away from too many open strings in C major). It features interest for all four players, and is faithful to the original in keeping the middle instrumental and the modulation for the final verse. Created by professional cellist and musical arranger Dury Loveridge, this is a great favourite for weddings, and a great addition to any quartet’s repertoire.
The Fleetwood Mac hit (written by Christine McVie in 30 minutes at 3am) famously covered by Eva Cassidy, ‘Songbird’ is a wedding and concert favourite. Arranged by professional cellist and composer Dury Loveridge, this is a perfect addition to any wedding or function string quartet with the tune predominantly in the first violin.
The Black Eyed Peas party-stopper arranged for String Quartet by professional musician and arranger Dury Loveridge. Perfect for weddings, events and even concert encores. It’s perfect for any level, from school group (Suggested Gr 5+) up to professionals. It’s great fun, and gets the players’ and the guests’ feet tapping!