#1
Hey all, i was just wondering if i compose a song in C Major, how can i add strings such as violen and cello to it? is it supposed to be in the same key?
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#2
If you want it to sound good, the strings should play in C major. Or, if you want a sad thing going on, you can play in G major (C harmonic minor).
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#3
Thanks, how can i do that in powertab or guitar pro?
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Marshall MG 50DFX
Fender Stratocaster
Epiphone Les Paul Standered
Dunlop Original Cry Baby
Yamaha APX5A
RP 350
#4
In powertab, you just pretend its another guitar part I guess, only using a midi sound for strings. Of course, if you give that to a string player they won't know what to do.

Sometimes strings in pop music will just outline the chords. Don't just put in barre chords, though: to the best of my knowledge nobody arranges barre chords for strings. Use triads or open voicings, probably.

As for lines, I haven't really studied counterpoint, so I just write lines on my guitar, see what sounds good, and put them in as string parts.
#5
someone asked how to add cello to a guitar song, and Cor had a pretty detailed response. its informative, helpful, and a bit confusing. check it out here and see if it helps you at all.

the thing i sometimes do when composing for another instrument i dont play, is to look up some basic songs or lessons for that instrument online. the net is a great tool if you think to use it. you should be able to find some ideas on how these instruments are usually used in the context of a song, and then use that knowledge to write the part for your song. you have an infinite amount of resources at your finger tips, its good to use some of them.