Imogen Heap "Hide and Seek" Arrangement for the Guitar

May 15, 2007 12:47 AM

Rough arrangement of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" for the steel-string guitar. I put this together about a month ago, after the SNL "Dear Sister" sketch introduced me to the song.

posted by The White Hat (34 comments total) 108 users marked this as a favorite

It's a cool arrangement; what tuning are you in? Drop D?
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:41 AM on May 15, 2007

Standard tuning. If you want to bring it up to imogen's original pitch, throw a capo on II.
posted by The White Hat at 7:23 AM on May 15, 2007 [1 favorite]

*walks in, shoots The White Hat*
posted by buriednexttoyou at 7:42 AM on May 15, 2007 [6 favorites]

This is some great guitar playing, by the way.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 7:42 AM on May 15, 2007

Hey The White Hat, that was a beauty!
posted by snsranch at 2:36 PM on May 15, 2007

Superb. I can't keep a straight face during this song any more.
posted by phrontist at 7:50 PM on May 16, 2007

More more more, please. I love this.
posted by ColdChef at 1:53 PM on May 17, 2007

Crisp, sharp, beautiful. Sounds a bit like Michael Hedges.

Almost sounds like 12-stringer at times.
posted by ORthey at 6:01 PM on May 19, 2007 [1 favorite]

Beautiful arrangement of a very beautiful song. Great job!
posted by inoculatedcities at 12:00 PM on May 20, 2007

Wow, lovely!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:03 PM on May 23, 2007

Very nice, thanks.
posted by teleskiving at 8:59 AM on May 24, 2007

The original is a capella, right?
posted by smackfu at 7:02 PM on May 24, 2007

Thanks for all the wonderful compliments. Will continue posting pop covers.

The original is Imogen Heap solo through a vocoder attached to a keyboard.
posted by The White Hat at 9:24 PM on May 24, 2007

This is absolutely amazing. Please do post more pop covers. Consider my mind in a state of "blown".
posted by spiderskull at 3:17 AM on May 27, 2007

This is so pretty, thank you.
posted by jessamyn at 6:31 PM on May 28, 2007

Totally Michael Hedges-esque. I love this.
posted by kindall at 7:51 PM on June 1, 2007

oh fuck...ten points!
posted by es_de_bah at 12:05 AM on June 3, 2007

Spectacular. I thought about doing this after I saw that one Zach Braff movie, but you've outdone me by 1)Doing it well, 2)Doing it better than I would have, and 3)Posting it for all to hear. Excellent work.
posted by Zimm at 9:11 PM on June 3, 2007

Do you have tablature / sheet music for this arrangement? It's just simply beautiful and I think would be a great exercise for learning chord melodies
posted by lazaruslong at 12:51 PM on June 7, 2007

Going about things backwards, as always: I just discovered this mefi thread about the SNL parody and it's giant pile of imitations.
posted by cortex at 8:51 AM on June 22, 2007


this was truly wonderful. thank you!
posted by peeet at 11:29 PM on July 27, 2007

Very nicely done, the guitar sounds fat and the clearity of it is as clear as a mountain sky, this on goes on the list.
posted by Randy Curtis at 7:49 PM on August 25, 2007

Very Nice.
posted by Ty Webb at 9:10 PM on August 25, 2007

Wow, this is nice. I've really loved this song ever since I first heard it, and having never watched the OC or that SNL skit, it's still untainted for me.
posted by revfitz at 1:16 PM on August 26, 2007 [2 favorites]

Really great. Make the song so much more genuine and human-sounding somehow, as opposed to ethereal and artificial.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:53 AM on September 3, 2007

I'm not familiar with the original, but that's a great acoustic guitar sound you've got going there. Thanks.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:56 PM on October 30, 2007

I'd like to state for the record that I am now deeply familiar with the original, and that this version still holds up very well.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:23 PM on July 23, 2010 [4 favorites]

Still think this is gorgeous, and still wish I had some sheet music / tab for it.
posted by lazaruslong at 12:09 PM on July 24, 2010

This was truly beautiful... I saw Imogen Heap perform this live a few months ago. It's a gorgeous song, and I love your arrangement! :)
posted by MaiaMadness at 7:34 AM on September 22, 2010

Just heard this 3 years after it was posted. Holy fuck. This is beautiful.
posted by ianK at 1:49 PM on September 25, 2010

I just had this come up in rotation on itunes and was like "what IS that?" and fell in love with it all over again.
posted by jessamyn at 5:01 PM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]

I know, right? I still have this on my relaxing, chill out playlists. Goes great alongside some Bon Iver.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:35 PM on August 19, 2011

Hearing this voiced on a guitar really highlights the inherent beauty of all those dissonants passing through the song, especially in the first half. Stellar stuff, really.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:08 PM on November 12, 2013

Listening to this again for the first time in a loooong time and, y'know, it's great.
posted by cortex at 10:36 AM on March 12, 2023 [2 favorites]

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