J. Mac replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"Hey Everyone!

Thank you so much for all your help. I have read everything and it's quite a lot to take in and actually do it. Some are completely new to me but I'm still open to doing them. I'll try them out and see which methods I would enjoy the…"
Dec 25, 2014
Olmnilnlolm replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"Fredrick said,

"This is a good way to analyze listeners impressions of a composition but I doubt if it sheds any light on the compositional technique of the composer. Analysis of composional technique is a pretty well accepted way of understanding…"
Dec 19, 2014
roger stancill replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"As an expert in opinion Juls, I will add my 2 cents;
I think key is the least important of the 4 items listed.
High on my list would be the particular style of musical
phrasing that I think is the 'signature' of each individual
composer.
Also, I…"
Dec 18, 2014
Olmnilnlolm replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"I always thought the best way to analyze a piece of music was to sit down in a room with someone who has an excellent sound system. Gather together a very small group of people, as few as two or three, maybe as many as four or five. These must be…"
Dec 18, 2014
Olmnilnlolm replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
""Perhaps something can be learned by examining how Prokofiev arrived at the music in his "classical" symphony. Did he study Haydn for this exercise?"

Off the top of my head, I would suggest the following.  Prokofiev disliked both Haydn and Mozart,…"
Dec 15, 2014
Greg Brus replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"Because when a director has a movie with a temp track and it's a temp track he likes a lot, he doesn't actually want the composer to create "something new". He wants that exact piece that's already in the movie, done again. Since he can't just steal…"
Dec 14, 2014
J. Mac replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"Hi Greg and Michael!
Thanks for answering! You two made good points. And I want to ask you two or anyone who reads this: What if you want to sound like an artist to expand your "range" or just really understand what's happening in a piece for fun or…"
Dec 14, 2014
Greg Brus replied to J. Mac's discussion What is your process on analyzing and fully understanding a piece?
"But if a client says this, what he means is he wants the piece to sound TO HIM like Powell's whatshisname. YOUR understanding of the key elements in the source may or may not be relevant, but generally relying fully on your own analysis can very…"
Dec 13, 2014
J. Mac left a comment for composerrogue
"Hey composerrogue! Thank you so much for the effort of posting the PDFs. I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I can't open any of them. :|"
Sep 17, 2014
composerrogue replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"Glad you like it! Personally I love counterpoint. I use it to some degree in all of my writing, even if only to break the rules of counterpoint. The idea of keeping each line independent applies no matter if I am writing a fugue or a shredding metal…"
Sep 4, 2014
J. Mac replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"Hi composerrogue!

Thank you so much for these files! I've been doing some counterpoint for quite some time and I think I definitely want to master it and use it for the rest of my life. And you're right. Bach really is amazing with counterpoint.…"
Sep 4, 2014
composerrogue replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"I hope this helps....its a student guideline to counterpoint that was given to us as college level composers. Its kind of hard to understand at first because the examples are on page 9 of the PDF (7 on the print), the exercises are on the last page.…"
Sep 3, 2014
J. Mac replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"Wow! Thank you so much Tyler, Greg, Michael, and Gav! You all gave great advice and I've learned so much just by knowing your thoughts on this. I've read lots of books regarding theories, instrumentation, and composition but I guess I never came…"
Sep 3, 2014
Gavin Brown replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"Hello Juls, In stream of consciousness order.
The best advice I can offer you is listen to everything. Listen to every game you can, listen to music online at Pandora where you can select bands you like, Pandora will then play music by other bands…"
Aug 30, 2014
Greg Brus replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"I think listening helps composition while studying scores is mostly an orchestration / instrumentation thing. That being said, if your target goal is big, effective orchestral scores, mastering instrumentation is as crucial as understanding tension,…"
Aug 28, 2014
Tyler Hughes replied to J. Mac's discussion How should I spend my hours to learn composing?
"First you should probably start with Music Theory as a foundation. When it comes to modern and living composers music theory might not help to much in the understanding, but theory is the beginnings of learning how to analyze and understand music…"
Aug 28, 2014
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  • Yeah, I don't why this happened. I can post PDFs on the main page but not on a reply. Unfortunately I don't have the files on this computer, I will have to retrieve them later from my home base. If you like, I could email them to you. My email is composerrogue@gmail.com.

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    Here's some more counter-point PDFs that I found...Thought you might like them.

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