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Acoustic (classical) Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger stancill Aug 12. 20 Replies

Having moved to Spain at the beginning of June I am attempting to absorb myself in Spanish music generally. However, having been introduced to a (famous) Spanish Classical guitarist and after a…Continue

Tags: Guitar, Spanish

Military Music and its Ancient Traditions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Porter Oct 21, 2016. 2 Replies

There are pleasures associated with Great Britain having a long and illustrious history. An example of which was an announcement in the Daily Telegraph, Court & Social pages on 11th October 2016…Continue

American Folk Song Suite

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines Jun 27, 2016. 12 Replies

As promised in an earlier post I have finally produced my American Folk Song Suite. Prior to its commencement some of you were kind enough to offer suggestions regarding what songs to include, advice…Continue

American Folk Song Suite

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Lines May 18, 2016. 17 Replies

I've recently completed an English Folk Song Suite for orchestra which I thoroughly enjoyed doing. So much so that I'd like to have a crack at arranging an American Folk Song Suite.I have a list…Continue

 

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Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"I couldn't agree more Boot, well said."
Friday
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"handshake accepted Stephen   "
Aug 12
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Many thanks Mr. Stancill for your interest and for your comments which are anything but minor league. Hook......what hook? I only use those for fishing. But you're right about their being little or no continuity and I agree with you about the…"
Aug 12
roger stancill replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Mr. Lines, this is a casual, general, and minor league comment. Where's the hook?   and, as I listened, I heard no sense of conceptual continuity. I found the section at about the 2:40 mark, until the teeth started to…"
Aug 11
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Sorry, some confusion there... Op. 1 Mauro Giuliani"
Aug 11
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Op. 1 Mauro Giuliani"
Aug 11
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Giuliani op 1"
Aug 11
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Hi Stephen, I just thought that building a guitar chart by copying notes to tablature hexagrams  may be confusing a little at first so I came up with this (see attached PDF).   A FEW (preliminary) COMMENTS   Up to the 12th fret the…"
Aug 11
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Socrates, You are not only erudite but also, as your name so aptly suggests, wise. Thank you for your comments and for sharing your knowledge with us. It's a pleasure to read such well considered comments and would wish that such high standards…"
Aug 11
Socrates Arvanitakis replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Just don’t give up, Stephen, please. The 20th century has witnessed the re-emergence of the guitar as a main and very admirable concert instrument with mass following. And it was the first historical era (Bach's precedent is unique in the…"
Aug 10
Stephen Lines replied to Stephen Lines's discussion Acoustic (classical) Guitar
"Socrates, You, I think, caught on to this unusual method I employed to start my approach to fulfilling a request to write something Spanish for acoustic guitar. Rather than do the normal thing of first studying the subject and the instrument…"
Aug 10
Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Hellfire, this discussion has reached the height of sophistication....that's if you understand sophisticated to mean juvenile claptrap."
Aug 6
Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Axiomatic twaddle."
Aug 5
Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Ray, The question mark didn't escape me but I'm still unsure why you think extremes of dynamics are essential......! I know next to nothing about fretted instruments having never studied them, which is why, in attempting to meet…"
Aug 5
Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion The main requirements towards producing interesting music in any genre!
"Ray, Can you explain why your first premiss that 'as wide a variation in dynamic range as possible' is critical to the production of music in any genre? We can all think of brilliant examples of music that do anything but range in dynamic…"
Aug 5
Stephen Lines replied to Ray's discussion Is it really true? Composers' intentions are more important than the resulting performance!
"Rather an unnecessary question I think - its a known fact. I have never read or heard of a 'successful' composer who didn't start life as a performer of some sort."
Aug 3

Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Hampshire, England
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I attended the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall as a Pupil in 1967-68 studying french horn under Alf Cursue - Alf was a specialist 4th horn player and a member of `God`s Own Quartet` which included Dennis and Aubrey Brain. On completion of the course I was appointed principal horn of the regimental Band of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. I again attended Kneller Hall (as a Student Bandmaster) from 1975-1978 after which I was appointed Bandmaster of 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. Just 6-years later, because I perceived Army music at that time to be undergoing a rapid decline, I took voluntary redundancy.

After retraining I was appointed a member of the Directing Staff at the British Police Staff College (Bramshill) where I became responsible for running Simulated Operations Training of senior police officers from around the world in Critical Decision-Making Under Stress.

Whilst associated with the Police I studied for a Masters Degree in Police and Criminal Justice Studies and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Subsequently I was recruited by the Defence Evaluation Research Agency - now called QinetiQ - where I worked as a senior consultant within the Centre for Human Sciences.

I now compose full time in various genres but see myself in future concentrating on orchestral music and writing for the french horn - a second concerto has recently been completed.
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English Folk Song Suite No.1 & American Folk Song Suite No.1

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 2:14pm 2 Comments

These have been published elsewhere on CF but I thought some members might be interested in (and perhaps comment on) the contrast and appeal of these two arrangements. The American piece has been improved somewhat thanks to Bob Porter's input, for which many thanks.

(English)

https://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/184944.html

(American)…

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Richard Wagner

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 7:47am 2 Comments

Richard Wagner's answer to a question was: "9 - W"

Can any of you bright sparks out there stretch your minds and tell me what was the question?

Enjoy!

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At 9:38am on May 1, 2016, Ingo Lee said…

Hi Stephen, you're right about needing friends, but friends with talent and helpful ideas like yours are especially welcome, so thank you for that!

At 4:01am on August 27, 2015, Richards Viveknath said…

Glad to.
It was a good recommendation.

At 9:00am on November 27, 2013, Tyler Hughes said…

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