Added new score and recording. let me know how this works.


My normal way of composing is using my guitar. I hear the finished song in my head and try to transcribe what is playing in their.

This song from start to finish was completely me exploring a keyboard for the past few months. I just got it and it is my first keyboard ever, the only exposure I have to piano playing is when I was in school 16 years ago and the completely out of tune and broken upright in my band mates studio.

The subject of the song is one of my favorite swimming holes here in the Black Hills. Just south of the town Hot Springs is Cascade Falls, it cascades gently over 20 feet where you can sit and slide down the rocks while the water pushes you. Then there is one spot where you can jump in off a small cliff. The best part is it is always around 68 to 70 degrees F even in the dead of winter due to all the hot springs that feed into the falls. One of which comes out of the ground at around 94 degrees F. There is one spring in Hot Springs itself that flows at 104 Degrees F.


Cascade Falls.pdf

Casscade Falls.mp3

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  • VERY nice Mike--I enjoyed this very much:)

    A few comments regarding the score--the Pedal markings should go below the bottom staff., and when the dynamics, cresc, etc are the same, no need to repeat them in both parts.

    There are some other notational problems. but it really is an EXCELLENT peice of music.

    Thanks:)

    Bob Morabito.
  • I was trying to figure out why Sibelius was marking them in red..
    as for other notational problems what would they be? That is the major place I need help with because I am completely self taught.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and critique

    Bob Morabito said:
    VERY nice Mike--I enjoyed this very much:)
    A few comments regarding the score--the Pedal markings should go below the bottom staff., and when the dynamics, cresc, etc are the same, no need to repeat them in both parts.
    There are some other notational problems. but it really is an EXCELLENT peice of music.

    Thanks:)

    Bob Morabito.
  • Almost all are positional problems..but possibly the use of the of the square fermata--did you deliberately want this one versus the usual curved one? and no phrase marks..

    Here are two Sib users groups which I'd recommend highly--the Yahoo group is very friendly and will really help with your score:

    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sibelius-list/

    and the Sib tech support page:

    http://www.sibelius.com/community/index.html

    Thanks again--I enjoyed listening very much.

    Bob


    Mike said:
    I was trying to figure out why Sibelius was marking them in red..
    as for other notational problems what would they be? That is the major place I need help with because I am completely self taught.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and critique

    Bob Morabito said:
    VERY nice Mike--I enjoyed this very much:)
    A few comments regarding the score--the Pedal markings should go below the bottom staff., and when the dynamics, cresc, etc are the same, no need to repeat them in both parts.
    There are some other notational problems. but it really is an EXCELLENT peice of music.

    Thanks:)

    Bob Morabito.
  • probably things that I would have noticed if I had read more scores.. something I need to do more of anyways.

    Bob Morabito said:
    Almost all are positional problems..but possibly the use of the of the square fermata--did you deliberately want this one versus the usual curved one? and no phrase marks..

    Here are two Sib users groups which I'd recommend highly--the Yahoo group is very friendly and will really help with your score:

    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/sibelius-list/

    and the Sib tech support page:

    http://www.sibelius.com/community/index.html

    Thanks again--I enjoyed listening very much.

    Bob


    Mike said:
    I was trying to figure out why Sibelius was marking them in red..
    as for other notational problems what would they be? That is the major place I need help with because I am completely self taught.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to listen and critique

    Bob Morabito said:
    VERY nice Mike--I enjoyed this very much:)
    A few comments regarding the score--the Pedal markings should go below the bottom staff., and when the dynamics, cresc, etc are the same, no need to repeat them in both parts.
    There are some other notational problems. but it really is an EXCELLENT peice of music.

    Thanks:)

    Bob Morabito.
  • Mike said:

    I was trying to figure out why Sibelius was marking them in red..



    You must be using SIb 6 with Magnetic layout--its the "collision detector"

    "Drag something across a complex score, and other objects will helpfully jump out of the way. And on the rare occasion things get so tight that Sibelius 6 can’t prevent a collision, it will mark it in red so it’s easy to spot and fix."

    Sib also uses reds for out of range notes..
  • Very cool! You manage to keep a consistent mood throughout and the fast parts are exhilarating. There is a spot at 3:35 or so where "Carol of the Bells" comes in...was that intentional? It made me laugh a bit, not sure if that was what you were looking for. That's a quibble though. Excellent work!
  • yeah.. it was not really supposed to be that obvious.. it was not intentional for it to be bells. but I noticed it myself =p
    something to be fixed in v2.0

    thank you for taking the time to listen and comment!

    Tom Recchia said:
    Very cool! You manage to keep a consistent mood throughout and the fast parts are exhilarating. There is a spot at 3:35 or so where "Carol of the Bells" comes in...was that intentional? It made me laugh a bit, not sure if that was what you were looking for. That's a quibble though. Excellent work!
  • FWIW..just my opinion, but I'd leave it as is..it works, and to me as part of it all, that very small section has the identity of your piece, here, and not Carol of the Bells...

    Really nice work:)

    Bob Morabito
  • You hear finished songs in your head? At what age did this start happening? Tell me about your childhood..
    I like this composition- 'Cascade Falls'. You have an excellent sense of rhythm. It's also interesting, in terms of harmony. I really think you should take composing as far as possible. I'm encouraging you to work on improving your productions, which are not bad, but could be more perfect. Your ideas are very interesting. Thanks for posting this excellent composition. -doug
  • Pretty darn close to finished. once I get them out into the air I change them around so they sound better but in my mind it is a constant racket of sound. a muddled cacophony that from time to time comes into focus and then I spit out a dozen or so songs, of which 3 or 4 are classical / orchestral in nature. the others will be rock, jazz, funk.. they come out in all sorts of styles depending on what I am into at the time.
    I has happened since I can recall. I was singing along with my mom and dad before I could talk I would baby talk in rhythm and with melody, often mimicking my dads parts.. (this is what my mom tells me)
    I started on guitar when I was 6 and I got frustrated with it often because I couldn't play well enough to play what I heard in my head.

    as for the sound.. I don't bother spending time with making uber nice midi mock ups., I used to try but I figure thats not the performance of it.. its just a mock up. what is important is that if someone wants to play my music live they can. The mock up is just that a mock up to be used as a general guide.

    If a gig came about for a game or something and I did need a nicely produced rendering of a chart I would probably turn to this board and offer to split the proceeds with someone that is good at making renders. Not that I wouldn't mind being able to produce better music... I just don't have the time to properly invest in learning that side of the coin at this moment.


    Thank you for checking out my song and for your comments
    I'm glad you enjoyed my piece.
    Doug Lauber said:
    You hear finished songs in your head? At what age did this start happening? Tell me about your childhood..
    I like this composition- 'Cascade Falls'. You have an excellent sense of rhythm. It's also interesting, in terms of harmony. I really think you should take composing as far as possible. I'm encouraging you to work on improving your productions, which are not bad, but could be more perfect. Your ideas are very interesting. Thanks for posting this excellent composition. -doug
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