Here is a piece I've been working on for a while and have finally recorded it. Please note that I am short of a lot of knowledge about music, so please be very elementary when telling me things (if any) about what to improve or do. I create and play totally by ear, so I'm not even sure what key this is in. Sorry about that!  I hope to hear constructive critique about the music, not my learning curve or lack of knowledge or need of instruction. 

I'm open to hearing what others thing and if this seems like a solid piece.

Thanks for listening! :-)

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  • It sounded genuine and authentic to me. The crisp static in the background provided me with comfort, as if listening in from a somewhat distant room while this was played near by . . .

    I think playing on a digital setup would kill it somewhat. You had your own style to the piece, and the other (I had a listen)

    Don't worry about having music knowledge. I think you're of the type who would only bring harm to themselves by trying to learn by coming to a base of theory nuts. Who cares. Do what sounds good (which is what you're already doing) Don't kill your natural touch and style by trying to understand what you're doing. Just do it- it sounds amazing. 

  • Thanks, EE for your nice compliments.  I'm not worried about the music knowledge, but I prefaced with that knowing this site has a lot of very technically proficient composers who might start to want to "teach".  :-)  I am very comfortable with where I am in my music (other than my playing ability) and feel like raw creative ability should not be tampered with. I've seen a lot of great musicians in my time who could play anything and knew all about scoring - but could not write anything original. I'm also sure there is a blend of both sides in many.

    Agreed, I don't think there would be anything gained in making this MIDI and having all of the character removed.  I am hoping to get more critique on my other piece, I'm adding some bass and layering in some other parts soon on that one. Thanks again.

  • Hi Keith,  The piece does seem very solid to me.  The first 40 seconds is awesome.  The theme is delicious.    Some of the chords seemed a bit of a mix of styles- sometimes it sounds impressionistic, sometimes more polymodal or poly tonal ( I think I hear some Lydian in there). Some people like mixing styles, its probably just me.   The only thing that I am hearing aside from a chord mix was that most of it is in the same general register- outside a couple of flourishes. I would like to hear more space- perhaps moving some portions or phrases to a higher register, maybe some more left hand notes to a lower register- but that's just me.

    Well done, sir!

  • Wow, thanks, Marc!  Appreciate that very much, even the parts I don't understand and will now have to go and look up on Wikipedia. :-)   I'm a songwriter in disguise, so it does not surprise me that it's all in the same register as I tend to put pieces together like "songs" rather than symphonic compositions which tend to make use of a much farther reaching tonality. I've had one friend complain that there's too much lag and doesn't like it slowing down here and there and now you are asking for more space... LOL... So, it's kind of funny how the same piece can strike people differently.  I do appreciate all of your words.  Thank you!

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