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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 wedding music [Wedding%20Music.mp3] - but seldom wrote it down. Then I got a Commodore 64 which had a three-voice synthesizer. Fun for a 1980s video game sound.

Then I found MuseScore - and nothing can stop me now. My work takes on a classical bent. And I would like your help. I have posted my latest work, "Donder und Blitzen" where I finally play around with percussion.

I will share more in the future. And thanks for all for having this place to study and learn.

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Comment by Dave Moorman on July 4, 2017 at 5:07pm

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 do with notation software!). I welcome any comments.

Comment by andrew thornton on June 10, 2017 at 1:02am

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. 

Comment by Dave Moorman on June 3, 2017 at 2:34pm

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 learning how the sounds work. I seem to have some intuitive knowledge, but still cannot turn what I am actually thinking about into what I want to hear. So I listen to you all to get ideas and notions.

At this time, writing (my main profession as a preacher) is not going so well. I have come to music composition to tap my right-brain and express emotions for which I cannot find words. I envy those who have your 10,000 hours and can breath your music with huge competence. I look forward to getting to know some of  you through this forum.

As to using MuseScore, version 2.1 no longer has reverb for individual instruments. At this time, I am searching for ways to change the play of individual notes, to make a more nuanced presentation. But my main task is melody and harmony, variations and ornamentation - so the pieces can be overly repetitive. When I think of the creative possibilities available today, some 60 years after I first banged on the black keys of our old, upright piano, I am amazed at what is available at our fingertips.

Comment by Bob Porter on June 3, 2017 at 12:24pm

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 uncontrollably drawn here for the same reason.

As you work with MuseScore, don't forget to experiment with mixer settings like reverb, pan and volume.

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