Maribeth Solomon – Schitt’s Creek Sequence

This sequence is based on the clever winding melody written by Canadian composer Maribeth Solomon for the TV show Schitt’s Creek.

Background

Have you ever wondered how a wealthy reality TV family like the Kardashian’s would react if they were stripped of their money? Would you pay to watch them sort out their new lives without their mansions, cars, and assistants, in a small rural town? If so, you would enjoy the show Schitt’s Creek.

In 2014, Dan Levy was watching reality TV and wondering those exact questions. He called up his father Eugene to collaborate on some ideas, and the ended up developing the show.

I first “met” Eugene Levy as the Dad in American Pie, and later loved him in his roles in many of the Christopher Guest mockumentary comedies (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind). I had no idea his son Dan was such a talented writer and actor as well.

My wife currently loves this show. She was first hooked by the juxtaposition of the rich people (Rose family) and personalities with the rural town and simple pleasures. Over the course of a few seasons she now enjoys the relationships the Rose family has made with the locals of Schitt’s Creek, and the growth each character has experienced.

Maribeth Solomon

Canadian Maribeth Solomon wrote the intro/outtro music for Schitt’s Creek. She composes with her husband Mickey Erbe, and together run their firm, Mickeymar Productions.

Born in Toronto, she is the daughter of former Toronto Symphony violinist Stanley Solomon, and the sister of jazz and pop musician Lenny Solomon. She studied piano and flute at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and has been nominated for the Genie Award, the Emmy Award, the Gemini Award and the International Film Music Critics Association Award for composition work.

Music

I have only watched a few episodes, but the deep, rich tuba notes that serve as the intro theme music caught my attention immediately. Have a listen below.

Just like the show itself, the music uses juxtaposition as its main feature. After the low, separated tuba notes, the song launches into a winding and lyrical waltz melody played on a nasal trumpet-ish sounding instrument.

Strive for a focused, singing sound as you launch into this syncopated waltz. Feel each of the downbeats a allow for a slight separation between each of the notes that aren’t slurred together.

The Schitt’s Creek Sequence will improve you technique, scales, and legato style.

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