If there was one piece of music that showed the true extent of Michael Jackson’s musical prowess, it would surely be "Ben", sung faultlessly and with great maturity at such a tender age.
My arrangement for flute and guitar is in the same key as the original - F Major - a key which makes most guitarists go weak at the knees because of the need for endless tiring barrés coupled with a generally woolly sound. For my arrangement, I have tuned the guitar’s bottom string down to D and placed a capo on the 3rd fret, moving the guitar part into 2 sharps and giving the resultant key of F a resonant, open sound.
The combination of flute and guitar makes a wonderfully haunting and moving sound that an audience will most certainly enjoy.
- I've also arranged Ben for Bb clarinet & guitar
- and a very playable version of Ben for 3 guitars
- plus Ben for 2 guitars (more complex and the parts swap roles each verse)
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