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String Bowing explained-videos

Started this discussion. Last reply by DriscollMusick 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi All,String bowing is an essential part of the compositional process as is all phrasing and articulation, because it  reveals your true musical intentions. .You don't have to be precise about…Continue

Partita Concordia for string trio

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Feb 1. 22 Replies

Hi All,Thought I'd post this for your ears. The work is in 9 movements, all contrapuntal in some way and (for those with more delicate ears!) it's tonal. Inspired by Bach of course, but not really in…Continue

The way forward?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jan 16. 23 Replies

Hi All,Just thought I'd draw your attention to a possible future in score technology. It looks pretty neat to me.…Continue

Prelude and Fugue no.2 for piano

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jan 6. 44 Replies

Hi All,Well having talked the talk a bit too much on this forum, I thought it only fair to walk the walk again and put my head on the block. With thanks to Kristofer, H.S and Nate for re-awakening my…Continue

 

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DriscollMusick replied to Mike Hewer's discussion String Bowing explained-videos
"Thanks for sharing, Mike. Have you seen Andrew Norman's website, Shaken Not Stuttered?  It covers in detail many of the extended string techniques from his major works (Companion Guide to Rome, Play, etc.).   Lots of interesting…"
2 hours ago
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Making music with a wine glass and violin bow
"I think this music induced some synaesthesia in me. I listened to your piece and saw the colour red, then white and a sort of rose colour.....good fun though."
4 hours ago
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String Bowing explained-videos

Hi All,String bowing is an essential part of the compositional process as is all phrasing and articulation, because it  reveals your true musical intentions. .You don't have to be precise about string bowing as players will sort out any issues, but being able to bow competently enough to show the players what you want the music to do is only to the benefit of your work.Bowing (competently, if not expertly!) can be learnt by study and observation and with that in mind, those of you who want to…See More
yesterday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"your self annoyance is a good thing, it means you want to do things right....I know the feeling!"
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"sorry mate... The more precise the part, the less time spent on answering queries from the players."
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Viola and cello double stop/divisi questions
"hi Dave, Just had a look at your harp part here and would like to mention some things for your consideration.. The gliss in b2 has a dflat against the d natural of the harmony. It would be simpler to also end the gliss on the high f rather than an a…"
Sunday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"oops, here's the attachment..."
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"I love em too. I'm glad you are considering, discarding, using suggestions, that thoughtful approach will serve you well. Re the harp....... b12, I'm sure it's just a typo, but put in the top f sharp for the gliss. b13. It might be…"
Friday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
" I see what you are saying about a gap at b9, for me though I'd re-space the horns  there anyway with a harmonising line (or even  3rds, sort of in the vein of the clts as they are) and re-distribute the clts and vlas to…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to David Lilly's discussion Wild Frustration (In the Working Class)
"David, What a neat little piece, which is going to lend itself well to the orchestra. I really enjoyed its nervous energy. As you are aware, it has not reached its potential yet. As Dave has suggested, your approach to scoring the 4 lines is the…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Orchestral session score II - any feedback appreciated
"Hi Dave, Might be worth considering strengthening the violins for the first 8 bars with the violas. Williams does so in similar vein for his ET score - the bit at the end with the kids on their bikes going over the hills. In his score, there are 3…"
Thursday
Mike Hewer replied to Jason Sioco's discussion How to listen to music with focus without mind wandering?
"+1 with Bobs' idea., as it just focuses on a simple task that doesn't seem too onerous and yet will be of maximal benefit. In the same vein, perhaps you might want to try this. Find a nice ( or not so nice!) chord, maybe of 6 notes or so…"
Mar 20
Mike Hewer replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"steady Gx this is a obviously a polite and courteous forum, that beckoning hand in bed is a  troubling development...."
Mar 16
Mike Hewer replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"ha..so true. You know I always bang on and defend technique and probably come across as a right old tosser, but I know how it improves your work. If just one composer reading these boards decides to put his head down and study, either in Bobs'…"
Mar 16
Mike Hewer replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"Gx Yes it is about that, but you've missed the really best bit. It liberates you, there is no place you can't go to hunt for nuggets and as a result you can discern many options to explore and either keep or discard. It really is…"
Mar 16
Mike Hewer replied to Paul Wegmann's discussion Miniatures for Electric Guitar
"Bob..I listen, despite the difference in our doctrines concerning the creative act. before we both get back to composing, perhaps you might read my posts in this thread and conclude that they are fair, balanced and considered and NOT prejudiced -…"
Mar 16

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
From Gregorian Chant to the 21st cent. Also Sinatra, Fitzgerald et al and Jazz.
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
UK
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Worked in media for about 30 years and won many awards.
Now concentrating on writing more serious concert music.
Website:
http://mikehewer.com

 

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At 9:31am on October 20, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

You're very welcome Mike..GREAT music. And so glad you like the compilation:)

Have a GREAT day! :)  Bob

At 9:51am on October 19, 2016, Bob Morabito said…

HI Mike--Thanks so much for your interest, but sadly Im not able to post a score.

And BTW--your Violin Sonata is EXCELLENT! I enjoyed it very much:)

So nice hearing from you:)  Thanks Bob

At 12:17pm on October 14, 2016, Ray said…
Yes Mike, I get where you're at in your life. I turned down my chance of performing music as anything other than semi-profession way back in 1967 although had another chance with a group in 1969 but. I decided to keep the day job in engineering. 20 years ago my wife's uncle who played sax in various London ensembles from Joe Loss to performing harmonics for rock bands in recording sessions told me not to get too deeply involved in theory and sight reading. He reckoned it would kill whatever inspired my tunes. I'm just having fun in my music room (den) and enjoy collaborating with others in producing their music. I have to admit, sometimes folks read my posts as being angry but nothing could be further from the truth. I'd just like them to push themselves a little harder.
Ray
At 1:19pm on October 12, 2016, Ray said…
Mike, I listen to your clarinet, percussion and string work where I then wonder what all the noise is about elsewhere on the board here. You really must have spare time on your hands to bother posting here amongst so many never will be wannabes.

Kind regards
Ray
At 7:25pm on October 4, 2016, Tyler Hughes said…

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