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What is your biggest obstacle to composing in the way you want your music to sound?

Is it time constraints? Not knowing how to technically do what you want to do? Not knowing enough theory?  Notation? Cant afford the programs you need?

Feel like your composing in a vacuum, and no one hears or cares?

Music sound too dated, simple, derivative etc?

Whatever it is we ALL have stumbling blocks that we need to navigate in order to get our music done..

Whats yours, and how you try and work around it?

Thanks Bob

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From Frederick: 2) I am not sure what I would like my music to sound like. The target keeps moving.

I feel like this is a typical thing for a lot of composers– we learn to do something, but then discover something new and keep trying to write music we enjoy.  

And I agree with Jim on believing in oneself.  

Hi Bob

Biggest barrier for me is the techie stuff on the DAW. I have Cubase 9.5 into which I import my scores from Dorico as MusicXML files. I then try to get the vst's to behave themselves and do what I want them to do. For example, I'm using Vienna's Konzerthaus Organ for my pipe-organ comps but I'm grappling with VI Pro - still trying to get my head around it plus auditioning all the stops to find the right ones for what I have in mind. 

I also bought the Tina Guo cello vst for a cello piece that suits the legato only articulation of the vst, but it takes a bit of work with the mod wheel getting the instrument to play as I want it to, i.e. with Jackie Du Pre in the driving seat!

Spending time taming the tech is definitely my number one gripe

Cheers, Colin

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