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Daily practice exercises/challenges?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Morabito Jul 14. 1 Reply

Does anyone have a good guideline for how to structure a daily practice for composing? This subject has been giving me trouble.Should I work more with thematic prompts? like generate a list of…Continue

Gemini Theme and Variations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Hewer Jun 23. 7 Replies

Hi there! It's been a while since I posted, but I'd like some constructive criticism on this work in progress. I don't know enough about composing to analyze it myself other than "I like how this…Continue

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Rhythmic Variation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Filip Holacký Jun 4, 2016. 3 Replies

I feel I have a huge problem with being too simple or repetitive in my rhythms, and I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to go about changing that (or not, maybe this fits).For instance, this…Continue

Introduction post! Hello!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tori Stark Apr 22, 2016. 5 Replies

Hi there! I'm Tori, and I'm pretty new to studying music. A little over a year ago I started on the viola, and then I realized I wanted to compose, so I prioritized piano and theory. I'm studying…Continue

 

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Bob Morabito replied to Tori Stark's discussion Daily practice exercises/challenges?
"Im no expert-but I think the very BEST thing you can do each and every day is to listen and watch score videos on Youtube of the kind of music you want to write. Try and name what it is in them that you like--the gesture, and then try to emulate…"
Jul 14
Tori Stark posted a discussion

Daily practice exercises/challenges?

Does anyone have a good guideline for how to structure a daily practice for composing? This subject has been giving me trouble.Should I work more with thematic prompts? like generate a list of different words and compose based on the thoughts i get when i see the word? should i do try to do a piece in every key? should i do a different instrument every day?I know how to practice an instrument, I know how to practice theory... but I don't know how to practice composing! >_<See More
Jul 14
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Brilliant Dave..plenty of left hand pizz , tremelo pizz etc, all known as extended technique. A lot of players have cultivated more than one finger for pizz - a bit like up and down strokes with a plectrum I suppose-but that is just exceptional…"
Jun 23
Dave Dexter replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Out of interest, I did brief research before posting in case such fast pizzicato was possible, though it seemed unlikely. I found this: So, hire him and based on some of those runs you might have a chance (even those pizz parts no longer apply).…"
Jun 23
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Tori, You need to make the beat clear rhythmically in b27 and similar too, for both parts. At the key change at b33, you have tied a b flat over into E major. This leads to a slightly confusing interval of b flat to c sharp, it is best practice to…"
Jun 23
Tori Stark replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"Thanks for the help! :D@Rowy van Hest - Correct, my music teacher isn't a composer nor composition teacher. Which is why I take her criticisms on aesthetic with a grain of salt. She teaches me theory, piano, and viola. I've been learning…"
Jun 23
Mike Hewer replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"  Tori, The pizz. between b149-156 are ok but from then in the semiquavers,  just impossible. Extended techniques like LH pizz. and slap /slurred pizz. might facilitate a little, but they are too advanced for you at present and probably…"
Jun 23
Dave Dexter replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"As far as I know, some of those pizzicato sections are too fast to be playable. There'll be someone somewhere that could, but don't write with the assumption you'll have access to them."
Jun 22
Rowy van Hest replied to Tori Stark's discussion Gemini Theme and Variations
"I wonder, your teacher can point out to you the technical errors, but you can't count on her, because she has a different taste? I can't imagine you study music composition, if this is really true. Most teachers of music composition have a…"
Jun 22
Tori Stark posted a discussion

Gemini Theme and Variations

Hi there! It's been a while since I posted, but I'd like some constructive criticism on this work in progress. I don't know enough about composing to analyze it myself other than "I like how this sounds." And even that can be pretty subjective (not to mention my teacher and I often don't share the same aesthetic so I can count on her for technical errors but not always the actual content.)Anyway, the theme I was given was "Zodiacs" and I chose Gemini to go along with the art piece I made for…See More
Jun 21
Filip Holacký replied to Tori Stark's discussion Rhythmic Variation
"Many composers wrote essays on this topic and there are books about creating melodies also. Certain techniques can make nearly every melody better or more likable."
Jun 4, 2016
Bob Porter replied to Tori Stark's discussion Rhythmic Variation
"Thanks for posting this piece. Your "problems" are not unusual. You can't force yourself to write differently, but you can practice writing differently. What do I mean? The fact that you sense that you may be stuck rhythmically is a…"
Jun 3, 2016
Filip Holacký replied to Tori Stark's discussion Rhythmic Variation
"You write about several problems that would all take quite a time to discuss through but here are at least some of my opinions (based on the most of my personal experiences and what I've learned from books): You say you have a problem with…"
Jun 3, 2016
Tori Stark posted a discussion

Rhythmic Variation

I feel I have a huge problem with being too simple or repetitive in my rhythms, and I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to go about changing that (or not, maybe this fits).For instance, this piece, my current WIP, is... well, it's repetitive. And to an extend I want that. It's supposed to be sombre. The daughter is in the car being driven back from her mother's funeral. She's alone. It's raining and dreary. All seems hopeless. I find the repetition kind of... delicately taps away at…See More
Jun 3, 2016
Tori Stark replied to Dave Dexter's discussion Why I like (and write) shorter pieces
"I really identify with this. I'm new to composing so I'm very insecure about my pieces being "too _____" or "not ____ enough" and one of those things is length. But my main interest is to compose background music,…"
Jun 3, 2016
Tori Stark replied to andrew thornton's discussion Age discrimination towards adult music learners
"Most of the age discrimination I faced was by people who didn't actually know much about music. Peers of mine, my family and so on. I'm only 25, but when you have kids picking up instruments as early as 2 years old, you start thinking that…"
Apr 22, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Baroque, Classical, Alternative Rock, J-Rock
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Canada
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I'm a RCM student who has only started a year ago but I love music. I'm a writer, and I want to compose music to go along with scenes from my novels. I'd also like to score video games.

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