Rus White replied to Gordon Francis Blaney Jr.'s discussion Feelings?
"@ GFB:

I don't disagree the that; however, the simplifying of things aka "dumbing down" these days has a very bad connotation. Obviously, it speaks of arrogance and it's on both sides; however, if it's a mater of taste, then the word arrogance…"
Oct 4, 2012
Rus White replied to Karl Whelan's discussion Extracting the sound from my head.
"I wonder if you're doing too much or thinking too hard - forcing the issue?

You may have an entire symphony in your head; yet, you need to write it - bit by bit.

Or when writing a Pop song. Write what would be the verse - even if you hear he verse…"
Sep 11, 2012
Rus White replied to Kerry Whitehouse's discussion would you consider me a fake
"What is "fake" though?

If it's sequencing, then try to go live all day. You'd probably find it more strenuous! Musical notes aren't as stubborn as musicians! (That's sarcasm, but it's true)

The other thing is physical limitation. Always consider…"
Sep 4, 2012
Rus White replied to chris's discussion New to composing
"Welcome! I'm fairly new myself. No time-table for when my first piece will be up. Working on another right now. They're both arrangements."
Jul 2, 2012
Rus White replied to Joseph Abate's discussion Notation Of Syncopation
"Measure 2.

It's been said that you want sheet music to be as clear as possible. That's the reason you see ornaments (ie: a staccato dot) underneath a quarter note instead of the actual value + a slew of rests. Even if the spacing makes it…"
May 1, 2012
Rus White replied to Noah Fraioli's discussion Heuristics for Composers: The Tonic and the Dominant
"Well, theorists (and I mean that nicely because this was my foundation) ...

When you start out when dealing with chord progressions, they start off with the I (Tonic) IV (Subdominant) V (Dominant) being that they are the most common chords found in…"
Apr 13, 2012
Rus White replied to Vance Palacio's discussion Composition using the inner ear
"^If that's a jab, no offense taken. This is generally the route I take - just explaining why that is all. :)"
Feb 21, 2012
Rus White replied to Vance Palacio's discussion Composition using the inner ear
"I can't stand when this happens; however, I think your issue is more psychological than physical/mechanical. (Those may be the wrong terms)

You hear something in your head, of course, it'll be hard to write down on first attempt; however, many…"
Feb 21, 2012
Rus White replied to Simon Godden's discussion Room for improvement?
"Well, you've just stated four simple words (seven actually)

I am a (per-fect-ion-ist).

And you know the deal with these people:

They are never happy; yet, when they are, no one else is!

I'm the same way.

However, I think that there's more to it…"
Feb 2, 2012
Rus White replied to Kane Aoki's discussion Titles... (My worst enemy as a Composer)
"^ Not saying that isn't a legit cause to sue; yet, we know folks will sue for any and every little thing. However, I've heard songs with the exact same title, but they clearly are not. I can't think of any, but there are a good amount of "Same…"
Jan 23, 2012
Rus White replied to Bill Ricci's discussion How much imperfection should we allow in "perfect" music?
"Wow! I just made a whole discussion about this on another forum by asking this question:

Humanizing music or Computerizing People?

Now, there seems to be this idea that music that comes from something other than a live human is robotic (which…"
Jan 22, 2012
Rus White replied to Kane Aoki's discussion Titles... (My worst enemy as a Composer)
"For me, the music is much easier because if you think about it, coming up with a title is very hard as it is when working with lyrics because you end up putting so much focus on it, you end up losing focus on what came easy to you.

Most often, when…"
Jan 22, 2012
Rus White replied to Erik Streightoff's discussion cadence in another key
"Determine the interval between the old key and new key, shifting your chords accordingly. No different than adjusting the melody higher or lower if the song changes key.

In F: Am7-D7b9-Gm7-C7#5b9 (iii-VI-ii-V)

To get to D, the next chord sequence…"
Jan 21, 2012
Rus White replied to Brian Cooper's discussion Rhythm practice
"I'd would actually go the linguistic route. Using words.

I am hungry.

1, 2, 3, 4 = I am hun gry
1, 2, 3 + 4 = I am hun + gry

Sally went to the store = 1 + and, 2, 3 + and 4 (in beats)

Sally went to the store = 1, 2, 3 (Sal-ly went); 1,2,3 (to…"
Jan 21, 2012
Rus White replied to Kevin Bryson's discussion Can you explain why you wrote the notes you wrote
"^ Yeah, I think where most object to learning theory is thinking that you have to spit-out what you used - not to mention how and/or why you used it! (In the simplest of terms of course)

But yeah, something as simple as knowing the circle of…"
Jan 20, 2012
Rus White left a comment for Tyler Hughes
"Thanks, Tyler!!"
Jan 20, 2012
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