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Ready for your critique - Night's Tale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Moorman Jul 13. 9 Replies

My latest composition is (imho) my best yet. I incorporated Sonatina Symphonic soundfont, and started with a melody plunked out on my mini-keyboard. The A part harmony is driven by the melody, though…Continue

 

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Dave Moorman replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"Thank you for suggesting your paper on harmony. I had to go to Wikipedia to figure out how the inversion numbers work in classical notation (it still is clumsy for me - like a language I can barely parse out). You are right - popular chord notation…"
Jul 13
Dave Moorman commented on Dave Moorman's blog post A newbee after all these years.
"Had to share this with you - "Devilish" is my latest and I think I am shaping it better. Your comments are appreciated.  I am trying out various, stable chord progressions, and striving not to be too repetitive (which is easy to…"
Jul 4
andrew thornton commented on Dave Moorman's blog post A newbee after all these years.
"You have had the same experience that I had; I was lost until I started using a professional music notation program. In my case it was Finale. "
Jun 10
Dave Moorman replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"I have some native talent at creative enterprises - writing, speaking, music. I call myself a "low-grade genius." So I can't be too harsh to some students or even well-trained composers. I would guess some students have skills I only…"
Jun 5
Rowy van Hest replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"I wished some of my students could write mediocre melodies like that. Problem with schooled composers is often that they manage to write very interesting (complicated) music, but they suck at writing a melody that really gets to you. I hope that you…"
Jun 5
Dave Moorman replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"I took part of a course called "Write Like Mozart," where the classical chord notation was (sort of) explained. I get I ii iii IV V vi and viio, more or less. But the inversions(?) numbers don't make much sense. Yet. So for now, I use…"
Jun 4
Rowy van Hest replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"I like your melodic style. It will take a few years of studying music (theory) and experience, but it will get better and more interesting. Don't care much for the popular chord notation though. It doesn't give you a clear idea about the…"
Jun 4
Dave Moorman posted a song

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Jun 3
Dave Moorman commented on Dave Moorman's blog post A newbee after all these years.
"Thanks to Bob Porter for the kind welcome. I do not have the left-brain vocabulary (or training) to discuss what I am doing. Indeed, as I look back at the over 50 3-4 minute compositions I have written since Dec. 2016, I see that I am practicing and…"
Jun 3
Bob Porter commented on Dave Moorman's blog post A newbee after all these years.
"Welcome, Dave. On this forum, you will find folks with a lifetime of training and experience all the way to folks with no training. But everyone of them has a love of composing. As much as we may disagree among ourselves on some things, we are…"
Jun 3
Dave Moorman replied to Gav Brown's discussion Estonia to provide musical instruments to all children
"Visited a small village in Romania, where the local Baptist Church has a large, battered, and aged brass collection - and made instruments available to children so they can continue the congregation's band. They practice and play every week.…"
May 31
Dave Moorman replied to Lars Johan Martin Nilsson's discussion Commodore 64 track with some attempted grandeur (on request)
"Better! The SID is a very strange beastie! Keep working on it."
May 31
Dave Moorman replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"Thanks again for taking the time to treat my little piece seriously. 1. Instruments are in the wrong place. The order should be wind, brass, percussion and strings. Also they would be bracketed that way not as you have flute, English horn, violin…"
May 26
Michael Lofting replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"I will direct these comments to the score on the assumption that you would desire to get this played by real players one day. Good that you annotate the harmony. A practice I need to get back to. Unnecessary for a published score but good for a…"
May 26
Dave Moorman replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"Thanks for your feedback. The score changed since I made the mp3. Also, I am not musically trained (since 7th grade), so I use concert pitch and continuous view - so I have no idea if this PDF is any good for you. I am not sure what you mean by…"
May 25
Michael Lofting replied to Dave Moorman's discussion Ready for your critique - Night's Tale
"Hi Dave Really need to post a PDF score to get good feedback. Although I was pleased when we got to the middle section would like to see you break up the eight bar measures."
May 25

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Burlington, CO
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I am a retired United Methodist Clergy who is now able to pursue my hobby as a composer. I have been creating songs for some 60 years - from little ditties on the piano when I was in the second grade to my wedding music in 1971 to long works in the last 30 years.

I also have programmed computers, and constructed my own music processor on the Commodore 64 in the mid 90s. This required MIDI connections with several keyboards. During the last decade I discovered MuseScore, and my music has flourished. With it, I have written or arranged numbers for our church choirs.

I am quite new at this, and have little knowledge of sampling and other techniques. My music now is limited to what MuseScore can produce. I am joining this forum site to learn more and get some feedback for my efforts.
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A newbee after all these years.

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 4:06pm 4 Comments

Just to introduce myself: I have been writing music since I was seven - drawing my own staff on paper to try to record my fiddling on the piano. My "audience" was impressed at how straight the lines were. [sigh]

I play the piano, but read music like a first-grader reads writing - so I have to memorize the song then bring it up to speed. Learned basic music theory on my dad's electronic organ (what with chords and the "pointer system") And I composed a number of pieces - including our…

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At 4:14pm on May 23, 2017, Michael Lofting said…
Hi Dave

Welcome to the forum.

Thought "good will" had a nice feel to it. Also enjoyed your Methodist song. Is that your operatic voice.

Now you need to learn modulation to kick it up a gear (like I need to do better).

Cheers Mike L
At 6:44pm on May 15, 2017, Tyler Hughes said…

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