Each player has the music for the melody, the harmony, and the bass, in other words, the whole piece.
This means each aspect of the piece can be learned together by the whole ensemble, resulting in…
Players that can see all the music and have played all the musical will…
The music is always presented in the clearest possible way so that one look at the page and each player will see something they can play immediately as well as a something to challenge.
Each arrangement contains a variety of levels to cater for mixed ability ensembles.
Number 1 is the melody. See tips and ideas for ways to share the melody around.
The highest number is the bass. Some are written with open strings in mind and others move around a little closer in style to the original.
Other numbers are harmony and counterpoint. They generally consist of one as easy as possible to cater for beginners (without sacrificing the sound of the arrangement) and another with all of the more tricky stuff and anything chromatic to stretch the more advanced players.
Very few of the arrangements have dynamics as most simply work on one level or have been written in a way to suggest contrast. See tips and ideas for ways to add contrast.
Tempo indications are not included because the pieces are very well known.
Parts for for guitar, harp and piano are always single line and parts for transposing instruments are sometimes presented without key signatures using accidentals instead.