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The Next Bach/Beethoven: Busy working on Star Wars?

Will there ever be another Bach/Beethoven? Will the siren call of Hollywood money dilute the talent pool, thereby eliminating that possibil…

Started by Josh Tucker

37 Apr 14
Reply by Mike Hewer

Writing for choir

I have written a score for a piece of mine in Sibelius and am now doing a mockup of it using East West's Hollywood Orchestra. I want to add…

Started by Mark DuBerry

26 Apr 9
Reply by Mark DuBerry

Writing at a fast tempo frustrations

I am starting to feel the faster I push the tempo in a piece I'm working on, the harder it gets to compose? But then, there is actually les…

Started by David Lilly

14 Apr 6
Reply by Bob Porter

Mastering Modern Composition

For various reasons I never studied composition as my major in undergrad or graduate (it was piano performance). How can one obtain the sam…

Started by Joel Becker

41 Mar 11
Reply by Joel Becker


Hi friends, Who among you, if anyone, has ever written a Coda to a piece? It seems out of fashion. If you did write a Coda, how about posti…

Started by Gav Brown

17 Dec 16, 2016
Reply by Gav Brown

Basic Guitar Questions

Hi all, I have a friend who's coming to visit and is bringing her guitar. I want to write some tunes for us to play together (I am a pianis…

Started by Gav Brown

22 Dec 9, 2016
Reply by Ingo Lee

Experimental Sample Music: let's go crazy!

Let's make this thread about sample experiment music! Note that I am referring to samples that you collect yourself. That is my main inter…

Started by andrew thornton

5 Sep 11, 2016
Reply by Serenity Laine

Composition Process

Hi guys,So I have a question that has wandered around my mind a lot lately. I came upon it when I started working on two cello sonatas (G m…

Started by Marijn Hartkamp

21 Jun 15, 2016
Reply by Bob Porter

Building a good basis for composition.

Hi guys, I've already posted some things around this forum but recently I realized that until now I've only tried to compose by just diving…

Started by Marijn Hartkamp

4 Jun 13, 2016
Reply by Rodney Carlyle Money

Questions about embellishments and chords in a contemporary score

Hi, after attending a class in modern harmony during this last months, I have some questions about the embellishments and chords used in a…

Started by Alfred La Fleur

11 May 21, 2016
Reply by Ingo Lee


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