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Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Composition competitions, composition competitions, musical ensembles
composition competitions, musical ensembles, orchestral scores: Hi Lara, First let me apologise for not getting back to you sooner. No excuses! I m interested to hear about your composing activities. I have to say that I am not aware of composing competitions specifically for your age - they tend to be for students...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composition competitions, composition competitions, jazz midi
composition competitions, jazz midi, musical discovery: Hi Lara: Congratulations on your composing career so far! You ve set yourself on a path that will provide you with a lifelong learning curve as you progress through the oncoming stages of musical discovery. As to your question regarding composer competitions,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: determining a major key, scales, pennywhistle
scales, pennywhistle, keys: have music that I am playing with my pebnywhistle. The guitar chords are Am, G, Em, F7 and F. I used my G whistle with the tune and it sounded good. But, if it truly is going to be the key of C, I would have to stay off the F#. I do have a C whistle...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Playing guitar by ear, chord progressions, dixieland jazz
chord progressions, dixieland jazz, jazz improvisation: son: Yes, I purchased all four volumes (in binder format) written by John Mehegan (a jazz improvisation book) This book had to be ordered at the time of my purchase, today, Im not sure if it is still available, i have given away 3 volumes of it, copying...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Programme notes for Performer's Cert, ludwig van beethoven, rumanian folk dances
ludwig van beethoven, rumanian folk dances, interested listeners: Hello again, I ve found you a bit more information about Fiorillo. He was a son of Ignacio Fiorillo, who composed mainly operas. Federigo was born in Brunswick where his father was Court Composer until 1762. He appears to have originally been a mandoline...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: power trio, blues tunes, phil kelly
blues tunes, phil kelly, power trio: Hi Jeff: Usually this type of music isnt arranged -It just takes form by a group of compatible musicians jamming intensely. Gradually, as a group you ll hit on stuff that works and toss out the stuff that doesn t. It s helpful to record all your...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Soprano 1 vs soprano 2, penny nichols, voice instructor
penny nichols, voice instructor, private voice: Hi Caren: Your daughter is growing and she can continue to sing in the soprano 1 range just by continuing to practice her scales in that range on her own. I agree with her teacher at school that singing the Soprano 2 range will improve her sight reading...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: how to signify one note is played an octave higher, treble clef, ledger lines
treble clef, ledger lines, ledger line: Hi Peter, Many thanks for getting in touch. If you are writing a piano reduction of something, the important thing is that it must look like a piece for piano. I can see no problem in writing the G on a ledger line above the bass stave - it is only three...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: CHORD THEORY, chord diagram, chord theory
chord diagram, chord theory, best wishes: Hi Joe, I m sorry, this email didn t arrive and I ve only just found it. In your previous message, your email address did not appear. Maybe it is filtered out by the system. My email is doctorcolin-at-csloxinfo.com. Replace the at with the usual sign....

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: CHORD THEORY, circle of fifths, chord theory
circle of fifths, chord theory, c major: Hi Joe, Strangely this message did not arrive in the usual way either. Sorry for any delay. I am pleased to know that my comments on the 9th chords were helpful. I really haven t heard these two expressions in all my years of working in music. All...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Classical to Jazz, jazz, piano
jazz, piano, styles: Hello Tyrone and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Congratulations on your newly found interest in America s only true art form. I would suggest listening to as many Jazz pianists as possible. You might wish to consider tuning you home/car...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How to figure out Bi-tonality of chords, 80s power ballads, sheet music piano
80s power ballads, sheet music piano, piano accompaniments: Hi Michael, Nice to hear from you again! I am delighted to read that you bought a jazz theory book and I hope that you find it helpful. I have attached a diagram with this answer. It should appear as a tiny thumbnail. Click on it for the full-size image,...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: figured bass, melody notes, g7 chord
melody notes, g7 chord, figured bass: Hi Pete, Many thanks for this question, but sorry for the slight delay. My Internet connection was down yesterday and so I couldn t get back to you. As you know already, the figures in figured bass indicate the intervals of the other essential notes...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: musician's path, daniel johnson, catchy songs
daniel johnson, catchy songs, sweet song: Sean, Here s my answer and it s only my personal opinion. I suspect every songwriter you ask will give you a different answer. In my opinion, well-written songs most often come from someone who has been working at it awhile and who writes regularly...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Romantic piece to analyze for a piano camp, chopin prelude, pleading child
chopin prelude, pleading child, peer gynt suite: Hello! If you open my past answers page and scroll down about halfway, there s a question I answered in December 2005 called Analysis Woes that you might find useful - it was on the first eight bars of Ase s Death from Grieg s Peer Gynt suite. Maybe...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Shostakovich symphony 5, shostakovich symphony 5, shostakovich symphony no 5
shostakovich symphony 5, shostakovich symphony no 5, night on bald mountain: hi Laurens: It is such a wonderful age of ENLIGHTENMENT we live in now with internet information at our fingertips. I would have to look this information up in my GROVES set of encyclopedias. Now all you have to do is punch in the information and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Singing better, ear nose throat doctor, ear nose throat specialist
ear nose throat doctor, ear nose throat specialist, ear nose throat: Are you smoking and/or drinking or smoking pot? Any one of those things can hurt your vocal chords. Also, any shouting you do on a regular basis could hurt your vocal chords and your voice is changing and it could be related to that. You need to be seen...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Songwriting, new rhythms, new melody
new rhythms, new melody, time honored tradition: Hi Thomas, Writing new lyrics which follow the pattern of an existing set of lyrics is a time-honored tradition. To make it work you need to have the same word rhythms, with rhymes in the same places. After that it s your job to come up with a new melody...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Songwriting, basic building blocks, songwriting abilities
basic building blocks, songwriting abilities, phil kelly: Hi Kelly: Theres no doubt that learning some basic keyboard ( and/or guitar ) skills would be of great help to your songwriting ,but you would be advised also to begin to acquire some basic harmony and music theory concurrently. These skill sets...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Storytelling weight of a song, songwriting, song structure
songwriting, song structure, popular music: Sean , Thank you for your very thoughtful question. I actually teach whole workshops on this topic, so I can only scratch the surface in this short space. However, there are some references at the end which can give you further information. First,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: song composition, holland dozier holland, song composition
holland dozier holland, song composition, music centers: Jen, What to do when the lyrics just won t come. And also, What to do when the melody just won t come. I believe this is a common problem for artists (painters, novelists, songwriters). When the ideas aren t flowing, that s when you need some tricks...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: how do i get my songs out there, taxi member, producer manager
taxi member, producer manager, music libraries: Beth, Thanks for your question. These days most artists and record companies will not accept unsolicited material (your songs). One way around that is if you know someone, i.e. a recording artist or an artist s producer, manager, lawyer, mother or other...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: songwriting, songwriting, critique
songwriting, critique, lyrics: Lara, Thanks for your question. You re not alone in asking this, as I receive many questions like this all the time from aspiring songwriters around the world. Good lyrics are the most valuable thing in the creation of great songs, as they are the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Writing down musical compositions, hymn tune, musical compositions
hymn tune, musical compositions, digital keyboards: Hi Zack, Many thanks for getting in touch. I am sure that some other people have a similar problem. I know that writing music down can be tedious and sooner or later, someone has to do it. However, there are music programs that you can use that make the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Copyright and royalties, copyright, royalties
copyright, royalties, songwriting: Kimberly, (Last question for this topic - I ll be traveling to Nashville after today). This whole area is the one which causes the most confusion for people. That is why it is essential for any artist to learn thoroughly about the business side of...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: chord voicing, music, chords
music, chords, jazz: Sushant, Thanks for your question. Chord voicing refers to the particular order (low-to-high) in which the notes of a chord are arranged. For example, if you have a C7 chord, the 4 notes in the chord are C,E,G,Bb. Thus, the chord can have at least...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Developing the voice, adult voice, vocal instructor
adult voice, vocal instructor, penny nichols: Hi Donna: when you are 16 years old, your body is not fully developed as an adult and that includes your voice. The vocal instructor probably was just trying to keep your daughter s voice healthy until she is old enough, 18 or so, to physiologically be...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Different Roles, penny nichols, business entities
penny nichols, business entities, own publishing: Hi Donna: Each of these roles are only helpful in certain situations. If you are very focused, experienced and highly motivated, I would suggest playing all these roles yourself. It could save you years of frustration and heartache. With that caveat,...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Et Exultavit, magnificat, aba
magnificat, aba, many thanks: Hi Paulo, I have been searching for my score of the Magnificat to check the form of Et exultavit spiritus meus, but the score is nowhere to be seen and I can only assume I have lent it to someone. Under the cirumstances, I think you d better ask someone...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: ear training for recognizing chord progressions, homophonic texture, chord progressions
homophonic texture, chord progressions, chord position: Hello Sina, and thanks for being patient. You need to enlist the help of a pianist friend! To begin with, s/he should play 4-part chords - single notes in the left hand and triads in the right. The RH triads will use all inversions to enable a smooth...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Free shaped note sheet music, cumberland presbyterian church, christ church episcopal church
cumberland presbyterian church, christ church episcopal church, john bealle: Shape note - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaShape notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational singing .... and Church of Christ, that regularly use seven-shape songbooks in Sunday ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_note - Cached - Similar...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Suspended chords, jazz musician, professional musician
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Suspended chords, jazz musician, professional musician, common chord

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: grade 7 old trinity syllabus question 2, harmonic progressions, harmonic changes
harmonic progressions, harmonic changes, crotchet: I did, Isabel! I gave you one solution and told you every note - you ll need to add it to the exam paper because I can t use staff notation on this forum. Here it is again: Treble part (starting from the second beat of bar 2): dotted crotchet D quaver...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: helo, penny nichols, singing technique
penny nichols, singing technique, woman singing: Blend is an important component of harmony singing technique. I would need to know if you were two men singing, two women, or a man and woman singing. I have a 2 CD set of lessons on how to sing in harmony by ear available for sale on my website. There...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: key transitions, target key, mister cellophane
target key, mister cellophane, e7 a7: Hi Nancy, Thanks for getting in touch. As you already know two things are required of transitions (1) to get you from one key to the target key in the shortest possible time (2) to do so without awkward harmonic bumps , so that the audience hardly realises...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: two part counterpoint, perfect cadence, trinity guildhall
perfect cadence, trinity guildhall, bass clef: All right, Isabel, let s do the one from the May 2009 exam paper. It s at http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1953. We re in G major, so we look at the final cadence, and it s ? V I. We don t know what the ? is yet, and we need to decide which beat...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: piano notes and vocal, bass singers, notes on the piano
bass singers, notes on the piano, national anthem: Tayo: Let me see if I UNDERSTAND your question. You want to know which notes on the piano are the ones the voice sings? Are you asking what notes are in the vocal range of men and women? Children don t sing much lower than A below middle...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: piano notes and vocal, notes on the piano, penny nichols
notes on the piano, penny nichols, homespun tapes: It sounds to me like you need extensive ear training. So, that would mean singing scales and matching your pitch to the notes on the piano. There are some ear training exercises in my video for Homespun Tapes called You Can Sing . That DVD is available...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: why some progressions are more strong?, major and minor scales, chord progressions
major and minor scales, chord progressions, 3rd root: Hi Sina, Many thanks for contacting me, but I m sorry for the delay in getting back to you with this. Your first question, about some chord progressions being more powerful than others is an interesting one. However, it is extremely difficult to answer...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Rates for Arranging, songwriting, arranging
songwriting, arranging, music services: Theo, Thanks for your question. Can you tell me about typical rates and methods of charging (by song, by hour, etc) for writing arrangements (chords, forms, accompaniment, etc) for someone else s melodies and lyrics? The three things to remember...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Rates for Arranging, arranging rates, music services
arranging rates, music services: Hi Theo: What you re calling arranging sounds more like transcribing if you re taking someone elses song off a tape, adding the chord changes , and creating a lead sheet that could be used by rhythm players in a recording situation. This is normally...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Sharing songwriting credits, songwriting, collaboration
songwriting, collaboration, collaborating: Manda, Thanks for the question - it s probably the most common type of question I get from around the world, so you re certainly not alone. I have posted answers to very similar questions to this one, so read those, and you ll get a lot more information...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Sheet music notation (Songwriting, melody note, cm7
melody note, cm7, d note: Hi Reg, Using Cm7 or Cm9 can go either way; I ve seen it both ways. It depends on the context and the person writing the music. For example, if the Cm7 holds through a measure but the D note resolves quickly, say to a C, then I would probably call the chord...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Singing Question, voice technique, dirty diana
voice technique, dirty diana, penny nichols: Try finding a vocal coach who specializes in Rock or Pop. I doubt any other type of teacher would be able to help you with your quest. This is a largely misunderstood and misused part of singing, so I would only embark on it with a vocal coach. I know of...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Suspended chords, western numerals, roman numerals
western numerals, roman numerals, theory books: Hi Paulo, Thanks for contacting me. The Roman numerals sometimes shown under chords are more of teaching aid than anything else and widely used in theory books. Outside this, they have little practical value in the world of modern music. Complex chords...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: singing, honest reply, private concert
honest reply, private concert, singing lessons: Hi Kassandra, Thanks very much for getting in touch with me. The important question here is, How well can you sing? You are already having singing lessons and that is a excellent start. The first port of call should always be your teacher if you respect...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: suspended chords, harmonic progressions, roman numerals
harmonic progressions, roman numerals, roman numeral: Hello Paulo, The simple answer is, you can t. The Roman numeral analysis system only indicates underlying harmonic progressions and doesn t take non-essential notes into account. If you need to identify suspensions or anticipations, you need to use figured...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Transitions, musical composition, musical sequence
musical composition, musical sequence, secondary options: Philip: This is an interesting question, sounds like SOMEONE gave you a puzzle to solve, rather than a problem you encountered in your own composition. Usually people who write songs, dont paint themselves in their own musical corner. The a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: translating poems to lyrics, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, poetry: Alberto, Thanks for your question. You raise one of the most important issues in all of songwriting, i.e. prosody -- the fitting of the rhythm of words to the rhythm of music. This differentiates poetry from lyrics. Prosody (also called metrics)...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Working with other artist, songwriting, collaboration
songwriting, collaboration, collaborating: You asked: I am an unsigned singer/songwriter, and am often contacted by rap artists requesting that I write and/or sing a hook on their song. I am often hesitant to do so because I am not sure how I should be compensated, or what rights I have once the...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: The Basics of SATB, north east india, penny nichols
north east india, penny nichols, homespun tapes: Alfred: If you cannot afford to take music lessons near where you live or at a college in your area, you might try Homespun Tapes online music instruction. I teach for them and they send music lessons all over the world. Their website is www.homespuntapes.com....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Emotion in musical composition, diatonic scales, musical composition
diatonic scales, musical composition, 12 keys: Hello again, Tom, and thank you for being so patient. Anyone studying music needs to acquire a thorough understanding of its theory. If you re going to compose a song you need an understanding of how music works . It s the difference between picking up...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Pop Jazz Theory vs Classical Theory, musical perspective, jazz pop
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Pop Jazz Theory vs Classical Theory, musical perspective, jazz pop, nomenclature

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Melody, simple melody, major scales
simple melody, major scales, succession of notes: Hi Carlos, Thank you for contacting me. This is a simple question but very difficult to answer by email. I understand exactly what you mean. If you have a piano or keyboard there, that would be a good start because you can experiment with the notes and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music composition, pleasing harmony, harmonic progressions
pleasing harmony, harmonic progressions, waltzing matilda: If you go to my Expert Profile page, there s a list of bullet points under my name that gives you the option to view Past Answers. Click on that and you ll get a page headed Questions answered by Expert Clare Redfarn which gives all the questions I ve been...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Pop Jazz Theory vs Classical Theory, jazz theory, pop jazz
jazz theory, pop jazz, classical theory: I don t think learning =anything= could be detrimental; still, unless your orchestra does pops concerts, I don t think pop/jazz theory will particularly enhance what you do. Pop/jazz theory is just another way at looking at music. In other words, do it...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: secondary triad VI in close position in root position, treble clef, bass clef
treble clef, bass clef, keyboard style: Hello again Annette, My apologies for misunderstanding the question about piano style - I took it to mean piano accompaniment . You re right, it s talking about keyboard-style ie triads in RH single notes in LH. Close position means with all voices...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: theory, octaves, visual representation
octaves, visual representation, music notation: Hello, Okay let s try this again, my web browser crashed right as I clicked submit to my response, now I have to rewrite this. Let s hope the browser holds up this time. If you spell C to C, 1 octave, you have an 8th. If you spell C to C, 2 octaves,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory, bnat 4, treble clef
bnat 4, treble clef, bass clef: Hello Isabel - good to hear from you again! Did you take the exam, and if so, what mark did you get? Yes, I m here to help so send me examples. We can use the past papers on the Trinity Guildhall website to begin with - I can always set you more exercises...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: thoery two part counterpoint, treble clef, bass clef
treble clef, bass clef, quaver: This is much better, Isabel. You re writing much better melodic lines, so well done. You re still having trouble with modulations, though. If you re modulating from one key to another you need a pivot chord (ie one which isn t the key chord of either...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: bass notes in chords, harmony, chord tones
harmony, chord tones, bass note: Hello Nick and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com Harmony is defined by usage and not the notes used in the chord. An Am7 is not just a C6 with a different bass note because it s most often used differently, although I understand your point....

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Classical Compositions, classical compositions, piano tuition
classical compositions, piano tuition, dr colin: Hi Sarah, Many thanks for getting in touch with this interesting question. This friend of yours certainly sounds an interesting individual but you don t mention his age, and that is quite an important issue in this case. So, from what you say, he is a completely...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: composition, harmonic support, apoligies
harmonic support, apoligies, playing piano: Hi Victoria! Thank you for contacting me and please accept my apoligies for keeping you waiting so long. (Connection problems!) I was interested to read that you have already been playing piano for six years. I think I can understand what you mean about...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: teaching myself cello, rick mooney, finger positions
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: teaching myself cello, rick mooney, finger positions, line thanks

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Help! immediately!, interactive exercises, homespun tapes
interactive exercises, homespun tapes, section leaders: Hi there Rachel: I feel for you! That s quite a tall order on short notice. I would definetly order my harmony singing lessons which include some ear training as well as interactive exercises that you can try with the whole group. The CDs are called Harmony...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: is this my head voice or falsetto?, bass baritone, tenor bass
bass baritone, tenor bass, penny nichols: derion: You have only one voice. It has a range. There is a break in your voice where your vocal chords blip apart when traversing the range of your voice. Some people refer to that blip as the falsetto. Your voice beyond the blip is also sometimes...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: karaoke, vocal keys
vocal keys: Jim : I know really very little about kareoke or the manufacture of the discs. I do know they are usually adapted for standard male and female vocal ranges. You might google Kareoke Discs and see what turns up. As to your second question, from what...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: key changes for band singers, transposition, vocal keys
transposition, vocal keys: Hi Jim : A lot depends upon the professionalism of the musicians ( especially the pianist ) Most PROFESSIONAL musicians are adept at working with singers and transposition is merely part of the job. Plus, there are more or less standard keys for...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: LTCL, fugue in b minor, mozart sonatas
fugue in b minor, mozart sonatas, prelude and fugue: Hello Abhaya, and a happy New Year. Oh, that s a much better balanced programme! You need to try topping and tailing (playing the first few bars and the last few bars) all your pieces when you re planning a recital to check that the key scheme works....

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Music theory and composition books, arthur jacobs, great composers
arthur jacobs, great composers, composition books: Hello Jonathan, and thanks for being patient. I ve been stuck in bed with the dreaded lurgy for the past couple of days. Annie O Warburton wrote a definitive series of school textbooks in the 1930s-60s, and I suggest you start with Scorereading, Form...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: music theory queries, key of f major, ledger line
key of f major, ledger line, 3 chords: Hello Annette, and happy New Year. The rules of 4-part harmony govern the smooth progression of chords so they apply throughout the passage, not just at cadences. i) has gone hopelessly wrong because although you ve correctly identified the first chord...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: music theory query, key of f major, ledger line
key of f major, ledger line, bass note: Annette, I m sorry but I ve been languishing in bed with the dreaded lurgy since the weekend. Can you hang on for a few more days and I ll get back to you on Friday. Hello again, Annette, and thanks for being so patient. i) If you re in a major key...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Orchestral Manuscript, manuscript paper, manuscript book
manuscript paper, manuscript book, musictheory: Hello Liz, Novello produces an A3 pad with 26 staves to the page, available from Chappell online. http://www.chappellofbondstreet.co.uk/P~COBS012717051~Novello+Manuscript+Book+20+(A3+Portrait+26+Stave+40+Pages) If you can manage with 20 staves per page,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Royalties, royalties, derivative work
royalties, derivative work, arrangement: Colleen, Thanks for your question. You are correct that the writers of the two copyrighted works are due a royalty for your use of their work, and in fact, you need their permission to do anything at all with your arrangement, and you need to negotiate...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: singing, school choirs, good luck chuck
school choirs, good luck chuck, music arena: Nadine: Hi, this is a typical question I get over and over. I ll share with you what other people do that have your same interests. First of all, to attend a school that teaches music to students in public school. Many schools do teach classes...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: my singing key?, voice questions, middle c
voice questions, middle c, voice part: Jim: The question is vague since we can t suggest a KEY without the name of the song- since all songs have a key in relation to the scale notes used in the song, for example (if you had an 8 note range from A-A) if you sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY,...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How to make a song sound nicer?, advanced harmony technique
advanced harmony technique: Hi Christopher: What you re hearing is the use of chord substitions, chordal extensions , reharmonizations and other more advanced harmonic techniques. One good source for acquiring this information is Mark Levines Jazz Theory text. Depending upon...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: teaching myself cello, local music store, bad habbits
local music store, bad habbits, violin bow: Cody: Well, yes, there is a bit of general maintance and care to be doing on your cello. First of all, materials needed are a SOFT CLOTH (LIKE A DIAPER- no fuzz or lint) or anything for cleaning off the rosin dust that falls on the cello face and...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Voice, head voice, voice parts
head voice, voice parts, vocal ranges: Sahon: Head Voice: is a reference to where the sound feels like it originates. People refer to a singer with chest voice which might be more like their speaking voice, and normal range, and their head voice for their lighter and more...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 2 part counterpoint, harmony notes, trinity exam
harmony notes, trinity exam, composition theory: Hello Keisha, and thanks for being patient. I think you mean the May 2008 question that I corrected for Isabel back in May http://en.allexperts.com/q/Musical-Composition-Theory-652/2010/5/theory-12.htm. It s in D minor, we modulated to the relative major...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chord Sequence based composition, jazz melody, jazz melodies
jazz melody, jazz melodies, chord note: Hi! Thanks very much for contacting me. However, you didn t tell me what the chord sequence is, or how many chords are in it, so I am afraid my answer is going to be a little vague! Certainly it is possible to begin a piece by starting with the chord sequence,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Putting existing lyrics to one's own music?, music, lyrics
music, lyrics, songwriting: Tony, Thanks for your question, and it is good that you are seeking to find ways to improve your songwriting skill. I don t like to use the words good or bad when dealing with individual creative process, but I ll say that having worked with more...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What is melodic songwriting?, question thanks, regurgitation
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What is melodic songwriting?, question thanks, regurgitation, instrumental music

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How good is Diane Warren as a songwriter?, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, hits: Alice, Thanks for your insightful question. This highlights the important difference between quality and popularity, and the usually false perception that what is popular is automatically good . (This is discussed in great detail in my book at http://www.songcrafterscoloringbook.com)...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do I know if the song should be written as a 2/4 or 4/4 song?, songwriting, rhythm
songwriting, rhythm, time signature: Liam, Thanks for your question. People are often confused about time signatures, so you re not alone. The short answer to your question is if it is a ballad, it s probably going to be 4/4. The only time you re really going to use 2/4 is if you have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Melody Writing for transposing instruments., hemitonic scale, anhemitonic scale
hemitonic scale, anhemitonic scale, transposing instruments: Thank you for contacting me with your question! First, a clarification needs to be made. There are actually two types of pentatonic scales - Hemitonic and Anhemitonic. Hemitonic scales use semi-tones, and Anhemitonic scales are diatonic. Since Hemitonic...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Melody Writing for transposing instruments, trinity college exam, e pentatonic
trinity college exam, e pentatonic, transposing instruments: Hi McE you are correct about the transposition ( up a step for clarinet or trumpet ) but you could make it easier for the player by enharmonically transposing it to G flat. However, the trap here is no actual key called E pentatonic major. This indicates...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music is my life
Hello Pedro, Well, you ve identified the problem and its solution so what s stopping you? Work out a practice timetable and stick to it. I don t know what your other commitments are - do you have a job? sre you studying? - but you should be able to fit...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Which major key you should use in the chorus?, relative major /minor, modulation
relative major /minor, modulation, form: Hi Jordan: Actually, there s one directly related key: the relative minor ( based on the root a minor third below the root of the related major key ) That being said, there s no rule that says you must always use that option for another section. You...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Which major key you should use in the chorus?, key signature, major keys
key signature, major keys, key center: Hello Jordan, You almost have it right, but there are a few elements you are missing. - In music, we have relative keys that share the same key signature, such as G Major and E minor. - We also have parallel keys that share the same letter name,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Which major key you should use in the chorus?, music, keys
music, keys, scales: Jordan, Thanks for your question -- the topic of keys and scales is often confusing for people. You wrote: [ If I understand correctly, there are (at least) two related major keys for every minor key. ] This is not a completely true statement...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What is melodic songwriting?, songwriting, melody
songwriting, melody, lyrics: Christopher, This is a very insightful and complex question, and a complete answer would be quite long, but I ll try to provide a condensed version – which is still a bit long. Melody was, for a very long time, the primary factor in music, but since...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songs which expresses love for one's country?, agincourt carol, pomp circumstance
agincourt carol, pomp circumstance, jerusalem parry: Hello Liam, and thank you for being so patient. National songs tend to appear in times of war - the two earliest English ones I know are the Agincourt Carol (1415) and England Be Glad , a recruiting song from about the same time. So, as expected, the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Should I use the song evaluation service?, song evaluation service, university music department
song evaluation service, university music department, song evaluations: It is a waste of money. You are better off receiving free input from a willing individual. You might consider asking the music composition professors at your local university music department or someone at a recording studio or record label. Best of luck....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Verse and chorus both begin with the same phrase?, songwriting, verse
songwriting, verse, chorus: Michael, Thanks for the question. Verse/chorus differentiation is an important part of making a song effective. The objective is to make it very clear to a listener when the chorus is starting, and the chorus should typically have a very distinct...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Worked Past year question paper (new syllabus)., trinity college music, london website
trinity college music, london website, question paper: Hi McEnrow, Thank you for contacting me. I have checked with the Trinity College (I presume you mean the one in London) website and found that the papers for both the new syllabus Grades 1–5 and the old syllabus Grades 6–8 are available. It would therefore...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Where to begin if you write children's songs?, music business, songwriting
music business, songwriting, demo: Marie, Thanks for the question. If your demos are ready to send (i.e. produced up to industry standards and objectively critiqued), you need to do two things: (a) make a list of where you want to send them. Do this by getting the CD s of children...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chord Voicing, chord voicings, pop rock band
chord voicings, pop rock band, melody note: Hi Christopher: A lot of the voicing issues would be affected by the nature of the music you ll be playing.If you re going to be working in the hard rock -metal band genre, you ll be dealing with a lot of riff type figures on very basic chords with longer...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: help writing a concert report, pugnani kreisler, fritz kreisler
pugnani kreisler, fritz kreisler, praeludium and allegro: Hi Lisa, Thanks very much for contacting me. I am guessing that the work you mention is a work by Fritz Kreisler and wrongly attributed to Pugnani. Kreisler was rather fond of doing this and he wrote many works in the style of minor 18th century composers....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Could I send my demo directly to the singer's manager?, songwriting, record label
songwriting, record label, manager: Kevin, Thanks for this important question. Many folks ask about this very thing. When you have the actual contact information of the artist, manager or producer that you are trying to reach, that is a tremendous opportunity and must not be wasted....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: "Fats" Domino, rhythm, shuffle
rhythm, shuffle, 12/8: Paul, Fats Domino was making music in the pre Rock-n-Roll era, and his tendency to emphasize beats 2 and 4 in a 4-unit group was a major influence on how the back beat came to be the foundation of rock music. (normal architectonic 4/4 time places emphasis...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Re: Chord progressions, classical music studies, parallel octaves
classical music studies, parallel octaves, pachelbel canon: Hi Jesse, Many thanks for getting in touch. Glad to hear that you have decide to re-acquaint yourself with harmony and counterpoint. The chart to which you refer seems like a handy teaching tool intended to give an example of a typical Baroque chord progression....

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: African Song, zulu music, composition project
zulu music, composition project, music of many cultures: Hi Maija, Thanks for getting in touch. However, my expertise lies in European classical music and so I am not really in the best position to help you. I have in front of me a book called Music of Many Cultures (ed. Elizabeth May, Uni. California Press,...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Composition, great composers, music composition
great composers, music composition, ridiculous question: Hi Lynn, Thaks for getting in touch. No, it s not a ridiculous question at all. I think many people have the same question in their minds. You seem to have a basic knowledge of harmony but you don t say whether or not you play a musical inmstrument. If...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: chord feelings, Bill Pere, chords
Bill Pere, chords, music: Chance, Thanks for your question, and I m glad you found my previous information to be of interest to you. The reason for my etc in the discussion of chord types and the feelings they evoke, is twofold: a) The underlying reasons why certain chords...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: damaged voice, olanzipine, acid reflux
olanzipine, acid reflux, voice game: Hi James: You may have damaged your voice a little as a child, you may have a problem with acid reflux. You may have picked up some bad singing habits along the way, I can t be sure. If you want to improve your voice, I would find a singing teacher near...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: The difference between 2-3 sus. and 2-3 ret., apples and oranges, periods of music history
apples and oranges, periods of music history, figured bass: Jacob: Im not sure why there is a need to compare apples and oranges in music terminology. The concept of the SUSPENSION IS not the same concept of figured bass. They are different in use and number system. If you are interested in the details of...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Gregorian chant, rosary mysteries, neumes
rosary mysteries, neumes, specialised subject: Dear Jan, Thank you for contacting me. I am interested to hear of your connection with Gregorian chant. However, I have very little knowledge in this field and you probably know more about Gregorian notation than I do. I will certainly check out the links...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: is this my head voice or falsetto?, bass baritone, tenor bass
bass baritone, tenor bass, penny nichols: derion: You have only one voice. It has a range. There is a break in your voice where your vocal chords blip apart when traversing the range of your voice. Some people refer to that blip as the falsetto. Your voice beyond the blip is also sometimes...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: When does "jamming" becomes collaboration?, collaborating, melody
collaborating, melody, jam: Raymond, Thanks for the question - it s an area that many others struggle with as well., so you re not alone. I have previously posted answers to very similar questions to this one, so read those, and you ll get a lot more information on different situations....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The key of this song?, chord progressions, www google com
chord progressions, www google com, minor c: Hi Haley, Using the audio file that you provided as a reference, the song How Lucky We Are by Meiko is in the key of B. (B Major, specifically.) There are some points in the song where the E chord or tones are present, though one of the main chord...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The key of this song?, record speed, c key
record speed, c key, play button: Haley How lucky we are- song- is being sung in c Key, (as it comes through to me) sometimes tape recorders and players have a slightly diff. play/record speed, so it could change the pitch up or down, by 1/2 step or less, but generally speaking...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Russian music/PC Set Theory/Microtonal, atonal music, romantic composer
atonal music, romantic composer, pablo picasso: Michael, I m sorry you ve had to wait for a response but I ve been away unexpectedly for a couple of days. I m back and I m aware I ve got to meet the three-day response deadline but all I want to do is collapse into bed. Please can you give me another 24...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Seeking help..., singing technique, singing teacher
singing technique, singing teacher, voice production: Hi Ashley, Many thanks for getting in touch. However, I cannot answer questions about performance, because I deal with music theory, arranging and so on. I would guess that many people have a similar problem with stage-fright. I think it would be better...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: theory questions, eminor, key signature
eminor, key signature, theory questions: Hello again Annette, and thanks for being patient. Ah, so you have to choose the chords. That makes better sense of the exercises, particularly the E minor one - as you re restricted to root positions and first inversions the only possible correct solution...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: theory questions, f minor chord, chord root
f minor chord, chord root, root position: Hello Annette,and thanks for being patient. This week has been manic. i) Oh dear. You ve doubled your leading note, which isn t allowed (as you sharpen the leading note in a minor key chord V becomes a major triad, so you can t double the 3rd of it)....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory questions, british slang, slang word
british slang, slang word, slang words: Hello Annette, Yes, a lurgy s a cold or any other mild ailment eg a stomach upset that has you running to the loo every five minutes. Enough to keep you off work for a day or so, but not serious. It s usually infectious, in which case it s also known...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Classical period cadences, classical period composers, perfect cadence
classical period composers, perfect cadence, appoggiatura: Jon, by now you must have given up hope of hearing from me. I m so sorry - I m snowed under with work at the moment (yippee!) and can only catch up with myself at weekends. Anyway, the answer to your question is that what you ve given me is only half the...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Composition Major occupations?, music career, music composition
music career, music composition: Hi Kate: you ve put your finger on a very important point. the cost of a Music Degree versus what you might expect to earn from financing and possessing such an education. The answer is simple: Other than being able to teach at a university level (...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Counting 7 16th to a beat, time span, time signature
time span, time signature, orchestra music: Mbudi: Your example helps clarify the nature of your question, thanks for including that. This is a common thing to do in orchestra music. Players are often expected to play ANY NUMBER OF NOTES in a given beat frame. This is generally an effect...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Diatonic and Chromatic Intervals, chromatic semitone, diatonic intervals
chromatic semitone, diatonic intervals, minor scales: Hello Tracey, and thanks for being patient. According to Macpherson, The terms diatonic and chromatic are also applied to intervals. The former are those which can be found in any diatonic scale: the latter those which occur only in the chromatic scale,...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: The diversity of melody and harmony, sharps and flats, tone scales
sharps and flats, tone scales, music scale: Dear Brian: Hi Penny, What has been confusing me for a while is the following... The western music scale has only 7 letters to it (12 in total if sharps and flats are included). So how do things not become monotonous. If there are 12 kinds of sand...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: I'm having difficulty understanding certain concepts, melody patterns, scales and modes
melody patterns, scales and modes, classic melodies: Brian: You have four questions here as I see it. It is interesting how you think like a teacher and pose questions as if you were testing others. Firstly: the WESTERN/CHROMATIC scale has 12 notes and the western/diatonic has 7 notes...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: I'm having difficulty understanding certain concepts, scales and modes, harmonic progressions
scales and modes, harmonic progressions, music modes: Hello Brian, and thank you for being patient - I m sorry it s taken me so long to respond. Western music divides the octave into 12 semitones (the chromatic scale contains all of them). I ve answered questions about the mathematics behind our music, modes...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: I'm having difficulty understanding certain concepts, scales, equal temperment
scales, equal temperment: Hi Brian: Okay -I ll give it a shot: 1.Firstly, the western/chromatic scale has only 7 notes that appear in various octaves. Why then is there such variety in music, with regards to melody? Why doesn t everything sound the same? I think this question...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Perfect pitch -chords and notes / harmony by ear, solo, soloing
solo, soloing, jazz: Hello Michael and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Glad to hear you re moving forward with your music. I m sure there are good books on ear training with respect to improvisation, however that relationship to music is ultimately developed...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How to play chords, scale degree, c chord
scale degree, c chord, notations: Hello, I ll keep this reply right to the point. This will be explained in very basic terms: A normal chord, or triad, consists of 1 3 5 . (Where, for the C chord, 1=C, 3=E, 5=G.) A sus4 chord consists of 1 4 5 . (Csus4 = C, F, G.) An add9...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Can you sing while you play the violin?, local music store, dealer specialising
local music store, dealer specialising, thin fingers: Hi Jerry, I missed this question when you sent it, because my email serrver was down for a few days. Sorry for the delay. The owner of the local music store is quite correct in saying that the violin is not easy to play, and it is mprobably the most difficult...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: singing tip - please explain -, gentle joke, penny nichols
gentle joke, penny nichols, double entendre: OK Mark: Here s the deal, this is not an obscure singing tip, it s a kind of a racist but gentle joke, I think. The idea is that the chinese language sounds like sing to toes, sing thru nose If you don t understand it. It has no relevance whatsoever to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory question, key signature, root position
key signature, root position, question question: Hello Annette, and thanks for being patient. We can get the transpositions out the way quickly - you ve got them both right. The accidental below an ornament (you find them in trills and mordents as well as turns) affects the lower note - if you want to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Vocal Problems, vocal vibrato, natural vibrato
vocal vibrato, natural vibrato, bar phrases: mariah: It would be good to have a PERSONAL VOCAL COACH, (TO listen and watch ONLY YOU)DONE IN A STUDIO, HOME, OR PRACTICE ROOM, where your voice is the only one going. When I sight read music - and I ve been on this platform many times, (even...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Vocal Problems, bar phrases, memory component
bar phrases, memory component, bad habit: Hi Mariah, Many thanks for getting in touch. The questions you ask are very interesting but I really think you should send them to a singing specialist rather than to me. The questions are about very specific aspects of vocal technique and I wouldn t want...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Vocal Problems, bar phrases, memory component
bar phrases, memory component, bad habit: Hello Mariah, and thanks for being patient. I can t answer your first 2 questions as they re about vocal training, and (as I make clear in my profile) I m not a singing teacher. The other 2 questions are about aural training, which I can help with, but...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Vocal Problems, bar phrases, voice term
bar phrases, voice term, bad habit: 1. I have a bad habit of sing with a covered voice sometimes - how do I sing through the mask of my face instead of singing towards the back of my face (if that makes any sense). Because of this, it s hard to stay in tune because it causes me to sing under...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Aesthetics, music, melody
music, melody, aesthetics: Abhishek, Thanks so much for this excellent question. There has been a great deal of research on the mathematics of aesthetics, particularly by Harvard mathematician George David Birkhoff (1884-1944). He developed equations and principles about what...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The feelings different chords give
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The feelings different chords give

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Help Singing, first mistake, record your voice
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Help Singing, first mistake, record your voice, second time

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The feelings different chords give, chords, progression
chords, progression, music: Yoni: Thanks for your questions 1. In one of your past answers you said that different chords give different feelings e.g. minor is sombre, diminished is ominous, suspended is tense/anticipatory, augmented 9th is dramatic, major 7th is nostalgic/dreamy,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: grade 8 theory, trinity guildhall, crotchet
trinity guildhall, crotchet, c sharp: Hello again, Isabel, you re not listening to what you re writing. You re copying patterns of notes from one part to the other, but you re not listening to how the two parts fit together. You can t be, otherwise you couldn t get passages so completely...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Help Singing, penny nichols, outube
penny nichols, outube, rule of thumb: Hi Collin: the basic rule of thumb about singing is this: If you can talk, you can sing. Some questions: 1. how old are you? 2. What do you think your natural voice means? 3. Who is judging whether your singing voice is right ? Also, you can record...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Music Composition, composition skills, penny nichols
composition skills, penny nichols, music composition: Inkosi: Choose your 5 best songs. Find a singer near to you and sing your songs for that person, if they like the songs, then find a band playing near you and see if they can play along with your songs. That s a way to get started. Best wishes,Penny...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Programme Notes for ATCL, ludwig van beethoven, sergey rachmaninoff
ludwig van beethoven, sergey rachmaninoff, sergey rachmaninov: Hello Jane - it s good to hear from you again and congratulations on your Advanced Certificate! You re not going to welcome my opinion, and I m not trying to undermine your violin teacher in any way, but I ve got serious concerns about your decision to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory, perfect cadence, trinity guildhall
perfect cadence, trinity guildhall, flat keys: Hello again Isabel, Not quite. We get some hints on how to work the 2nd phrase if we look at the last 4 bars. The whole piece started with an anacrusis (three-and/ONE) and for the first 2 bars of each phrase at least the harmonic pattern is to change...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Composition tips., learning english grammar, parallel octaves
learning english grammar, parallel octaves, hymn tunes: Dear Luis, Many thanks for contacting me but please excuse my lateness in replying. This was due to circumstances completely outside my control. I am sure a lot of people feel as you do and don t make any progress in composing because they feel they...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: composition software using vocal input, vocal input, composition software
vocal input, composition software, perfect pitch: Michael: I understand your frustration, and yes there is a solution. However because of the times we live in, this technology is so exact that if you sing a note flat or sharp (out of tune) even if you think it is in tune the exactness of the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: re theory grade 8, bar phrases, guidhall
bar phrases, guidhall, harmonic progression: Hello Isabel, and thanks for being so patient. You re still not getting the cadences right, which is a shame because the rest is fine. Cadences are musical punctuation marks which can appear mid-phrase, but more commonly mark the end of the phrase. If...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Selling songs, songwriting, royalties
songwriting, royalties, contracts: Marike, Thanks for your question - this is something that lots of folks ask about. The important thing to realize here is that the complete answers to everything you are asking about is usually covered in my full day workshop or a multi-session course...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: sequences, sequence music, google
sequence music, google, wikipedia: Dear Andrea, I am so sorry not to have replied to you earlier. The question seems to have been overlooked. It is possible that by now you have found the answer. I was about to write the answer to your question about sequences but then did a check on...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory, perfect cadence, trinity guildhall
perfect cadence, trinity guildhall, quaver: Hello again Isabel, You re still having problems with modulation. Your first phrase is fine, but you ve gone wrong in bar 12. If you look ahead you ll see we ve modulated to the relative major in bar 9. This means the harmony immediately preceding the...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: theory questions, alto clef, bass clef
alto clef, bass clef, spirit soul and body: Hello Annette, and thanks for being patient. On the whole I think you ve cracked Grade 4, so well done. Time to learn about 2nd inversions and the dominant 7th, which will make things more interesting. The transposition s fine. If you don t think fluently...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How To Write Music, great art works, new innovations
great art works, new innovations, jazz performers: Nathaniel: Your many facited question is very vague and too broad. How do I write music, ? I draw on all the arrangment classes I ve had (in college) I draw on all the expereince I ve had in listening and doing music dictation for the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ATCL Recital Programme Notes, banjo and fiddle, trinity examination
banjo and fiddle, trinity examination, j s bach: Hello Astrid, and thank you for being so patient. It seems every other question I m asked on this forum is about writing programme notes! If you haven t already done so, read my replies to Michelle and Tracey: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Musical-Composition-Theory-652/2010/6/Programme-Notes-ABRSM-Performance.htm...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: changing scales, modulation, modulating
modulation, modulating, key: Hi Kuma, Without actually knowing what type of composition you re working on, what it sounds like, or where you want it to go, I can only offer a few suggestions as to how to possibly change what scale you re working with. If you re trying to change the...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: changing scales, diatonic scales, cycle of fifths
diatonic scales, cycle of fifths, harmonic minor scale: Hello Kuma, and thanks for being patient. Anyone studying music seriously needs to acquire a thorough understanding of its theory. If you re going to compose a song you need an understanding of how music works . It s the difference between picking up a...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Music educationa and Composition, audio engineering diploma, music diploma
audio engineering diploma, music diploma, sae institute: Dear Titus, Thank you very much for your detailed question, but I am not sure whether I am the right person to answer it. This is largey because I am based in Asia and I am afraid that I have no idea whatsoever of the various opportunities that might exist...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Is it normal for your songs to be rejected by many?, publishing songs
publishing songs: Hi Jay: If you have been writing professionally long enough to be published, you should be award that rejection is often part of the process much of the time.A lot of good writers have sent material to a large number of houses before getting it accepted....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Plan a balance Programme, chopin mazurka, mozart sonata
chopin mazurka, mozart sonata, bach prelude: Hello again Monica, You re aiming for 40 minutes playing time more or less, so you re currently around 6 minutes short. It s a good programme so far, but you re right, you need something between the Schubert and the Debussy. The Impromptu rambles on...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Problem in high pitch songs., brayan adams, pitch songs
brayan adams, pitch songs, show must go on queen: Hi Ravinder: You have a 2 octave range, you could expand it with some singing lessons. 1. Do not try to sing songs in their original scale. Instead, sing them in your own range. 2. It is never normal to feel a sharp pain in your vocal chords when...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Programme Notes for ABRSM Performance Diploma, letter collections, viva voce
letter collections, viva voce, programme notes: Michelle, you must have given up hope of hearing from me. I m so sorry you ve had to wait so long for my response - I ve been manically busy for the last couple of weeks playing for exams. The reason you re required to write programme notes on your pieces...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: programme notes for dip, hc robbins landon, allegro moderato
hc robbins landon, allegro moderato, prelude no 15: Hello Jessie, and thanks for being patient. I take it you ve read my previous postings on programme notes so know my general approach to them. Your first reference point is always Grove s Dictionary. Look up the composer - at the back of each article...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: re theory grade 8, bar phrases, guidhall
bar phrases, guidhall, harmonic progression: Hello Isabel, and thanks for being patient. As always, you have to think harmonically in this question, but as you re not writing SATB harmony (which has all those rules!) or counterpoint (where melodic line in each/both part is as important as the harmony),...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Software to help you arrange the songs?, amateur musicians, happy hunting
amateur musicians, happy hunting, phil kelly: Hello Victor: I m not an expert on programs like this ( inasmuch as I have no need for them ), but from what I ve heard from other users like yourself, BIAB is pretty much the top of the line product available for this use. Personally, I m a Finale...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Software to help you arrange the songs?, amateur musicians, panel experts
amateur musicians, panel experts, computer softwares: Victor: I have been using MUSIC TIME DELUXE for many years now it is easy to use, and not too expensive, it has undergone revisions and is up to date with the new windows and mac programs. If you are looking for complicated programs, there are...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Softwares useful for ballad songwriter?, composing, music software
composing, music software, sequencing: Victor, Hi, and thanks for your question. If you re asking only about creating sheet music, Finale is the top-of-the-line software for notation, but you re right that you don t need anything that fancy just to create sheet music, assuming all your parts...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Softwares useful for ballad songwriter?, catskill mountains, slow ballads
catskill mountains, slow ballads, cambria ca: Hi Victor: There is a program called Master Writer that you might want to try. Or, you could come to SummerSongs. SummerSongs is a camp for adult songwriters which happens 4 times a year over here in the states. The summer programs are each a week long...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Softwares useful for ballad songwriter?, slow ballads, versions demos
slow ballads, versions demos, friendly point: Hello Vick, The applications you use for writing music depend on your operating system. Here are some well-known programs that come to mind: Finale Sibelius MuseScore Rosegarden Denemo Lilypond If you do a little research into any...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songwriting-Question 2=followup, music instruction books, paper manuscript
music instruction books, paper manuscript, manuscript paper: Hi again: People have co-written famous music, (rogers/hart, rogers/hammerstein, even the disney song writers) one writes the music, and the other the words, usually they work on the piece at the same time, rather than in separate SHIFTS, but it can be...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How can you send your demo if you have only one song?, amateur pianist, rough demo
amateur pianist, rough demo, phil kelly: Hi Vick: The usual procedure for submitting new material to either an artist , producer, or a publisher. is : Make a rough demo on CD ( piano and voice is fine , but it should be as professionally done as possible ) Include a lead sheet or lyric...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: How can you become a staff songwriter?, songwriters, songwriting opportunities
songwriters, songwriting opportunities: Hi Dave: Oh my .... I don t know if such positions still exist these days ( I m afraid that kind of thing went the way of the old Brill Building in NYC ) These days the trend is for most singer /songwriters to try to maintain as much control over their...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What are the best sites for music software reviews?, music software reviews
music software reviews: Michael, Thanks for your question. You re correct that best is subjective, but here is what I d recommend: With software, you need two types of information, from two different sources. First, you need a complete description of technical specifications,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Choirs to sing with, san diego sun, san diego chorus
san diego sun, san diego chorus, barbershop society: Tim: Very interesting to learn that you are a bbshopper also. My good friend George McCay (used to sing in the san diego chorus- years ago, and was sunshine editor for the westtunes)(my daughter also lives in san diego) Well, :-) since you are...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Classical piece question, keyboard piece, jeremiah clarke
keyboard piece, jeremiah clarke, henry purcell: Hi Terry, Many thanks for getting in touch. The piece you refer to (played in the movie Glory ) is known as the Trumpet Voluntary , written around 1699 by the English composer and organist, Jeremiah Clarke(c. 1659 – 1 December 1707). It was originally...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: differences between a producer and an arranger?, phil kelly, hi mike
phil kelly, hi mike, artistic vision: Hi Mike: This is a bit like the old Brandy /Cognac question :) A producer basically is responsible for the overall creative feel of a recording project. ( He /She is also more importantly, responsible for both acquiring the funding for the project and...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Is Finale the best notation software?, occasional bug, phil kelly
occasional bug, phil kelly, band in a box: Hi Tommy: Both Finale and Sibelius are the top end of notation programmes and you can not go wrong with either one. AAMOF. I m a Finale user myself and have been since 2003 and aside from the inevitable occasional bug to sort out, I m sold on it. Being...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Too many sing the song and ruin it?, penny nichols, great songs
penny nichols, great songs, predecessors: Hi Adrian: This is a question that is very subjective. Everyone has a different opinion about what constitutes a good song. You may think that a song is good because it gets played alot, when it may just be that it is promoted very well. There are thousands...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Too many sing the song and ruin it?, arrang, third attempt
arrang, third attempt, musical group: Adrian: YOU pose an interesting question and certainly one that is honestly answered: it all depends. What might it all depend on? Well, mostly a song is either enhanced or ruined by the performer and the performance, not on how many do it. You are...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Too many sing the song and ruin it?, subjective viewpoint, business standpoint
subjective viewpoint, business standpoint, lady gaga: Hi Adrian: Sorry: I don t agree with your premise. You are applying subjective judgment ( your opimion of better or worse ) to something that can t be quantified in an objective manner. From a business standpoint , the composer(s) and publisher benefit...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: song-writing rates, songwriting, work for hire
songwriting, work for hire, lyrics: Hi Emma Thanks for your question. Several people ask me about this. Keep in mind that there are always two options when you are doing creative work at the request of someone else: (a) Work for Hire, where you are paid an agreed amount for what you...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Terrible sound when I connect my keyboard to my laptop?, midi interface, midi keyboard
midi interface, midi keyboard, musical keyboard: Victor: I looked. What is shown is similar to the Midiman 2X2 that I use ,but not the same. The fact that you never use a MIDI interface between your KB and your computer seemed to me the root of your problem, but beyond what I ve stated, I have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Terrible sound when I connect my keyboard to my laptop?, professional sound engineer, local music store
professional sound engineer, local music store, midi cables: Victor: I am no expert on hooking up your Yamaha to a laptop. Why not talk to Yamaha or take your set up to the nearest music store and get their advice? I have told you what I did and that is all I know. Good luck with your quest. Best wishes,Penny...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Terrible sound when I connect my keyboard to my laptop?, yahama keyboards, dell laptop
yahama keyboards, dell laptop, midi keyboard: VICTOR: I HAVE ONE of the biggest yahama keyboards, and i have a good music program, but i found out that it is like hooking a powerful amp up to low power speakers, there is a compatibility issue at stake. I d first decide how important it is...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: theory grade 8, perfect cadence, crotchet
perfect cadence, crotchet, minims: Hello again Isabel, and thanks for being patient. The first phrase is fine but the second phrase isn t so successful. I can see what you ve done - you ve treated bars 5 and 6 as a sequence, but in doing so you ve missed the modulation. That C# in bar...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: theory questions, eb c, timec
eb c, timec, theory questions: Hello Annette, and thank you for being so patient. This is a time-consuming way of working - writing out in words something I could explain so quickly at the piano! Added to which these last few weeks have been incredibly busy and I just haven t had the chance...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What is vocal sample and how do you use it?, digital workstation, usable features
digital workstation, usable features, vocal cd: Gary: I ve never used the VST feature, but it s my understanding you can use that to put either a live instrument ( or live vocal ) into your Finale score ( assuming you have a mike input somewhere in your setup ) Depending on which version of Finale...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Claire De Lune: timing of duplet in Bar #41, claire de lune, 3 beats
claire de lune, 3 beats, piano score: Carol: My computer went down last night, and today I m borrowing a laptop to answer your question. I do not have access to the music of this piece, but I had played it years and years ago. As I recall there are times when 2 notes were played against...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Claire de Lune duplet, claire de lune, 3 beats
claire de lune, 3 beats, debussy piece: Hi Carol, I have been re-thinking my previous answer about the Debussy and been in touch with a friend who is Professor Emeritus of piano at Northwestern University, USA. He feels that the A and F sharp of the right hand should sound at the same time as...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Iranian Music Samples !, mohammad reza lotfi, hossein alizadeh
mohammad reza lotfi, hossein alizadeh, jalil shahnaz: Hi Eric, Many thanks for those useful suggestions. I will check them out later today and tomorrow. When the message appeared in my email program the Persian text didn t come out correctly, though on the Experts website it shows correctly (I assume). ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Motifs, music, composing
music, composing, songwriting: Christopher, Thanks for your question. Many people I work with who have had classical training face this kind of confusion when trying to transition to pop writing. To facilitate your pop composing, don t think in terms of classical terms and definitions....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: notes & chords !, random combination, piano keyboard
random combination, piano keyboard, touch music: Hi Eric, Many thanks for getting in touch. Music notes are simply single tones, like the individual notes on a piano keyboard. Play any one key and you get a note. As you know, in Western music they are given the names A to G or sometimes, doh, ray, me...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songwriting with knowledge of theory VS. without, songwriting, composition
songwriting, composition, lyrics: Steve, Thanks for your question. I understand where you re coming from. The short answer is that additional formal training in guitar might enhance your playing technique and understanding of theory, but that s not what facilitates songwriting ability....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Studying at a music school - where to begin?, songwriting, books
songwriting, books, courses: Hy Luong: Thank you for your question. This is not an uncommon dilemma that many people face when trying to learn the art and craft of songwriting. There are really no specific schools or academic degrees that are designated for songwriting. Most music...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Studying at a music school - where to begin?, berklee college of music, songwriting skills
berklee college of music, songwriting skills, phil kelly: Hello Hy: I think you can enroll in Berklee in a non -degree program since you are seeking knowledge and not an academic end result. ( I don t know this for a fact, but it s worth an inquiry. ) I personally have no knowledge of any other schools offering...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Time signature, time signature, instrumental intro
time signature, instrumental intro, mp3 clip: Hello again Gavin, Well, it certainly isn t 9/8 as that s 3 beats to the bar subdivided into 3 = One-and-a Two-and-a Three-and-a. I ve been thinking about how I d write the thing out, and I ve come up with three possibilities. The guiding rule is clarity...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Which things to consider when you need a demo service?, demo recording, song demos
demo recording, song demos, publishing: Hello Mary: You seem to have your requirements pretty well mapped out. It s just a question of how much money you want to invest in the demo ( keyboard or group ? ) and how elaborate of an arrangement you require. It would also be helpful if these online...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Which things to consider when you need a demo service?, royalty share, demo service
royalty share, demo service, demo services: OK, I see what you mean. I think you should be prepared to pay up to $200.00 whether it is with real musicians or electronic keyboard. If you can get it done for less, with no signing of contracts or giving up royalty shares, you are having a reasonable...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 4 part harmony, music theory books, harmony and melody
music theory books, harmony and melody, choir member: Hi Patrick, Thanks very much for contacting me. It is difficult to give an answer to your question without seeing what you have actually written, but when you say that your songs do not come out out the way you want, it sounds like something is wrong...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can an American songwriter like foreign songs?, songwriting, music business
songwriting, music business, producer: Liam a well-written song by itself does not guarantee success. It has to get to the right target audience. Is this mainly the job of the producer if that song is chosen for a commercial album? Many people believe that because a song is a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chord, chord inversions, google search
chord inversions, google search, musictheory net: Hello Jaye, The chord D#/G is read aloud as D# over G , which means that it is a D# chord with G in the bass. The reference to a chord without the minor , 7 , or other types of variants means that it is a major chord. So, D# , alone, is the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Is this a very good song?, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, meaning: Jason, This is an excellent and insightful question, as it shows you understand the difference between a song s popularity and its craft. Many people believe that because a song is a hit, it is a well crafted song, or that because a song is well crafted,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: grade 8 trinity exercise 1 old syllabus
Hello again Isabel, Did I get the answers in the wrong order? It looks as if I might have done - sorry! Nov 05: we re in G maj and the chord in closed position is C#-E-G-Bb = diminished 7th. Nov 04: we re in C mar and the chord in closed position...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: KEY CHANGES, change key, subdominant
change key, subdominant, minor key: Hi Stuart, Thanks very much for contacting me. First, we must ask oursleves why change key? . There are several reasons. The most common answer is that we want to create an element of contrast in the music and a change of key can often do this. We might...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: musical symbol, chant song, bass clef
chant song, bass clef, treble clef: Hello again Hank, and thanks for being patient. The notes printed in a smaller font than the others are a descant, and I m guessing they re sung by a soloist. Those last few notes don t have tails because they re sung in free time (not rhythmically). ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Is playing acoustically the best way to judge the quality of the song?, vocal presentations, song melody
vocal presentations, song melody, rock ballads: Hi Jordan: Other than for an elementary nod to the genre of the music ( i.e: country, pop , urban soul, lite AM rock or Head banging Metal , etc ), the focus should be on the tune itself - melody, lyric, basic harmonic framework. Some of the above...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Question, music theory books, bar phrases
music theory books, bar phrases, bar phrase: Hello KC, Thank you for writing. Understand that you are asking about a topic that can very quickly expand into very complex music discussion. I will simplify the concepts as much as they can be simplified. You will need to research the topic to gain a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Romantic composition, romantic composition, musical inspiration
romantic composition, musical inspiration, romantic piece: Hi Bobby, Many thanks for getting in touch. The piece for flute and piano sounds like an interesting project. And your question is not vague: you have obviously given this quite a lot of thought aready. Your question got me wondering about the notion of...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How should we rate the quality of "easy listening" songs?, music, songwriting
music, songwriting, easy listening: If I understand correctly, crooners like Perry Como, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, etc are categorized as belonging to easy listening genre. Does it mean that most of the songs that they sang are not highly rated by professional composers?...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songwriting, sad emotions, chord tones
sad emotions, chord tones, chord types: Hello, I ll provide a quick reply, the topic could otherwise get very long and involved (for a free volunteer service). You might consider using some of these chord types, and all of these can be experimented with alongside major or minor chords since...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songwriting tips, sharps and flats, chord progressions
sharps and flats, chord progressions, key signatures: Hi Rogerio: As you stated, you are a beginner at music. As such , you need a good deal of harmony and theory training to get the basic tools of music in your mind. These include: scale formations, key signatures,time signatures accidentals ( sharps and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Do singers need to lose their accent when singing English songs?, singing, accent
singing, accent, dialect: Lee Chan: Thank you for your question. This is a very good point and it s good that you ask it before you invest the time and resources into doing a big recording project. When you listen to most foreign artists doing songs for an American audience,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music, inferior frontal gyrus, superior temporal gyrus
inferior frontal gyrus, superior temporal gyrus, arcuate fasciculus: Hello John, and thank you for being patient. I’ve just spent an unexpected ten days in hospital and am currently convalescing = sleeping a lot. I m happy to tell you what I know about tone deafness but I don t have sufficient medical knowledge to understand...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Songwriting, nashville areas, different kinds of music
nashville areas, different kinds of music, composition students: Hello, There are a number of colleges and universities that students can attend and focus on song writing and music composition. Students who are particularly interested in songwriting as it pertains to popular/commercial music generally study a combination...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: selling compositions, phil kelly, romantic piano
phil kelly, romantic piano, piano pieces: Hello Sonia: I m probably not going to be of much help to you on this since I m not familiar with marketing in the genre you re writing in and therefore can t suggest which artists might be interested in playing and /or recording them. Your best chance...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Tone, penny nichols, homespun tapes
penny nichols, homespun tapes, voice teacher: Hi Joe: Are you practicing on your own or do you have a voice teacher? You can hurt your voice doing scales if you don t know how to do them without straining your voice. That may be why you don t sound good in some parts of your range. If I were you, I...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Does a good song needs to be catchy?, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, hook: Kevin Thanks for your question. Understand that good songwriting and popularity are totally separate issues (discussed in great detail in Songcrafters Coloring Book http://www.songcrafterscoloringbook.com). A well written song may or may not be...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: grammar in lyrics, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, grammar: Jovit, Thanks for your question. This brings up an important point that many writers overlook. The answer to your question is that lyrics must first and foremost be conversational. That is, they should sound just the way you would expect people in...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: sheet music, phil kelly, auction sites
phil kelly, auction sites, theater music: Jay: My first thought would be to put the material up on eBay or one of the other anline auction sites. I have friends who ve sold a lot of old vinyl ( and even shellac 78s ) through this method. I m sure there is a possible niche collector market for...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: songwriting, dick dick, substitute chords
dick dick, substitute chords, boogie woogie: Dick: Thanks for your question regarding finale a music program I have friends that use this program, and some like it and some wish it were more user friendly.... so i suppose it is a personal matter. I am NOT FAMILIAR with the attributes of the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ATCL Program Notes Help, autumn breeze, melody line
autumn breeze, melody line, piano exam: Hi Shirley, Thanks very much for contacting me. First, I must confess that this is not my area of expertise and I cannot recall the pieces you mention. But I have an idea. So often, one reads programme notes like ....then the counter-melody appears...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: meter for a song, song composition, african rhythms
song composition, african rhythms, west side story: Hi Sherrill: The defining reason that helps decide which triple meter is best employed is which one best expresses the intent of the composer while also providing the players with the easiest reading environment . I m not sure what you mean by 3/4 being...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Does the song length determine whether you have a bridge or not?, Bill Pere, lyrics
Bill Pere, lyrics, songwriting: Kevin, Thanks for your question. Lots of writers get confused about elements of song structure. The length of a song has nothing to do with whether or not to use a bridge. The need for a bridge is determined by only two factors: (a) Is another...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: song writing, printed music, song writing
printed music, song writing, many thanks: Hi Esmaa, Many thanks for getting in touch. I am very pleased to hear that you have written some songs. I d be very pleased to hear (or see) them and send you some comments. I don t know whether it is possible to send them to me through the AllExperts website,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 8va both clefs?, bass clef, piano sonatina
bass clef, piano sonatina, baroque periods: Hello Andrea, No, the 8ve over a stave only ever refers to that stave so leave your left hand where it is. The editor s chosen to put in the 8ve rather than writing the next eight bars of the right hand at the actual pitch, thereby cluttering it up with...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: A chord question about writing hymns, songwriting, hymns
songwriting, hymns, lyrics: Kevin, Thanks for your question. In writing a hymn, or any type of music, you can always use any chords you want, but if you want it to have a sound that is familiar to the genre, then you should stick to what is most commonly used. Hymns are made...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music path, musical instrument digital interface, musical instrument digital
musical instrument digital interface, musical instrument digital, program scholarship: MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) allows for you to put your ideas into an editable format via a computer program. From the description of your enthusiasm and success thusfar, I recommend Band-in-a-box as a computer program to allow you to write...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music path, program scholarship, musical skill
program scholarship, musical skill, mouth music: Hi! Thanks very muich for contacting me and telling me so much about yourself. Music is obviously very important to you. You say that you started lessons on the organ but didn t like playing the instrument. That seems a curious choice, even if you happened...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music path, program scholarship, loving music
program scholarship, loving music, musical skill: Hello Jackie, You obviously enjoy listening and responding to music, but so does nearly everyone - loving music doesn t necessarily imply you have talent. In any case, talent gives you a head start, true, but unless you put in the sheer hard work required...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music path, academic, theory
academic, theory, music: Hi Ahmed, The question you ask doesn t really have an easy answer. To my knowledge, there aren t any music programs out there for people with natural talent. In fact, not to discount your abilities, but most of the people out there who are making money...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music path, music, writing
music, writing, composition: Hello Jackie and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. I suggest you contact the counselors at your local colleges and universities and arrange appointments to sit down with them and discuss a proper curriculum appropriate for your goals....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Pedalling in Mozart K.310, paganini variations, minor sonata
paganini variations, minor sonata, absolute clarity: Abhaya, you must have given up hope of hearing from me by now. For the past month there just haven t been enough hours in the day - I m so sorry. Thanks for being patient. Hopefully by now you ve worked out your pedalling for the other two movements,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Bridges, two bridges, first bridge
two bridges, first bridge, verse ii: Hi Vera, Thanks very much for getting in touch. You can certainly use two bridges in this song. In fact, there is technically no limit to the number of bridges that you use. The downside of using too many, is that it would leave the listener confused...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: classical composition, ralph turek, good starting point
ralph turek, good starting point, classical composition: Hello, Are you composing for a school or university project? If you are, then you will need to ask your teacher those questions so that they may clarify their expectations. If you are going to be composing classical music independently, then the degree...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: figured bass and analysing, natural signs, key signature
natural signs, key signature, figured bass: Hello, Roman numerals are used with chords, they do not use accidentals in the same way as note names for individual pitches. Sharps or flats in the key signature are completely irrelevant to labeling chords with Roman numerals. If you are indicating...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music Education or Performance?, percussion techniques, brass woodwind
percussion techniques, brass woodwind, instrumental groups: Marina: Whatever your choose, will have a direct bearing on your ability to be a composer. I majored in music in college ,I now teach music, and I also arrange and write music for my choral and instrumental groups I perform in. Considering the vast...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & Key signatures, music theory classes, air on a g string
music theory classes, air on a g string, key signatures: Sterling: A piece of music must always contain (at the beginning of the piece) the complete set of accidentals needed for the piece being played. This rule holds true for all instruments (piano included). If the music calls for a key signature...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, tonal melodies, air on a g string
tonal melodies, air on a g string, key signature: Hello Sterling, Thank you for your question. There is not a simple answer that I can give you to this. Determining a key signature can be quite a complex subject. Are the Accidentals Passing Tones? You need to determine if the accidentals are a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, b naturals, perfect cadence
b naturals, perfect cadence, air on a g string: Hello Sterling, You re confusing key with key signature so there are two separate questions here. Changing key = modulation, and in order to modulate you need the following: a) a pivot chord which is common to both the key you re leaving and the key...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, air on a g string, key signature
air on a g string, key signature, key signatures: Hi Sterling, I came across this problem recently when I was writing some choral music. I don t believe that there are any rules on this issue. I think the answer is simply that when there are so many accidentals on the page that reading becomes a problem,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, modulation, secondary dominant
modulation, secondary dominant, accidentals: Hi Sterling: I think you re getting confused with the terminology involved. The number of flats or sharps in the key signature specify the basic key of a given piece -i.e: I flat ( Bb ) = F major ( or the relative minor key, d minor ) 2 sharps ( F#...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, air on a g string, bach piece
air on a g string, bach piece, key signatures: Your question is vague. I have a leadsheet for the Bach piece in the key of D major which has 2 sharps, though music can be transposed safely to any of 12 other keys. The basic key signatures vary from 6 flats to 6 sharps, including a key without any sharps...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals & key signatures, key, tone center
key, tone center, accidental: Hello Sterling and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Although your question is valid, a key is determined as a result of the tone center which often amounts to the same key, but with more sophisticated tunes there can be multiple tone...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Classical music in sci-fi movies?, classical music, movie scores
classical music, movie scores: Hi Ana: The employment of the various classical pieces in 2001 ( R. Strauss Thus Spake Zarathrustra, G. Lighetis choral pieces , et al ) came about because Kubrick assembled them as a temp(orary ) track for editing purposes. Eventually, composer Alex...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How to hear rhythm correctly?, thom yorke, biguine
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How to hear rhythm correctly?, thom yorke, biguine, brasilian

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How to hear rhythm correctly? (follow-up), radiohead songs, theoretical expertise
radiohead songs, theoretical expertise, polyrhythm: Hi again Rich: Now having the track in question I think I can comment on what I hear. Basically, what you re perceiving of floating is merely a thinning out of the mix ( particularly the percussion stuff - tamborine etc - thats playing busier 16th...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Question on similar / contrary and up beat/ down beat, contrary motion, double stem
contrary motion, double stem, music move: The way you ve described the similar or contrary motion example leaves one to think neither. If the G s and B s share a common stem, that isn t enough written data to conclude similar motion, and an assumption that it would then be contrary would be incorrect....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: A question about chord progression, music, songwriting
music, songwriting, chords: Liam, Thanks for your question. The short answer to your question is yes - you can use an existing chord progression to write a new song - as long as the MELODY over those chords is new and original. A song is defined as words and melody, and one...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: A question about Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, dramatic musicals, lorenz hart
dramatic musicals, lorenz hart, oscar hammerstein: Liam: I understand there is much information on the internet about any topic and any person we wish to learn about .. However, I perceive that you d like something that is not found on the vast knowledge bank on the web. Well first of all,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: scales, intervals, and chords, own music, musictheory net
own music, musictheory net, sheetmusic: Dainiel: Here is a wonderful interactive site that will help you answer a lot of your questionst .. IF ....you really stay with it and work through all the sections offered! http://www.musictheory.net/ go for it! Phil K www.philkellymusic.co...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Theory Question, semi quaver, quavers
semi quaver, quavers, anacrusis: Hello Roy, First, I must apologise for keeping you waiting so long for an answer. I have been away for a few days and not checked my email. So, sorry about that. Now to your questions. There are different schools of thought on this issue. It was once...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: arrangments for beginners, bass violin, music knowledge
bass violin, music knowledge, music directors: Jill: Your question is a valid point. The easiest answer to your question is for you to go to a music store and get a collection of songs arr. for band. A Band Director will be doing this for his/her school band. There are collections of popular...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Bela Bartok, bela bartok, piano accompaniment
bela bartok, piano accompaniment, czardas: Hello again Cheryllyn, and thanks for waiting. I ve been trying to find a score of this work online but haven t succeeded (and it won t be in the public domain until 2015), so I can t analyse it in any detail. You, on the other hand, have learnt the thing...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chords, how to read sheet music, block chords
how to read sheet music, block chords, music chords: Claire: You are asking the most involved question one can ask. I ll respond to each part or your email..ok? In the brackets. I m trying to teach myself how to play the piano. I am currently trying to teach myself how to read sheet music and I have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Dvorak 4 Romantic Pieces, allegro appassionato, romantic pieces
allegro appassionato, romantic pieces, reoccurence: Hello Cheryllyn, and thanks for being patient. I m guessing this is for a prgramme note rather than a complete harmonic analysis? In which case you just need to say a little about the overall mood of each piece, noting any features. Each piece consists...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Octaves, music, octave
music, octave, composition: Jenny, Thanks for your question. By definition, the note with the single line below the staff is Middle C, meaning the note that vibrates around 262 Hz, also referred to as C4 (c0-c3 are lower, c5-c8 are higher) If you are playing piano, then you...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: pitching in live performance, penny nichols, hi jill
penny nichols, hi jill, vocal lessons: Hi Jill: What is a love performance ? In terms of not being able to hear yourself: When you are on stage with a band, you need to re-orient your perception away from what is outside of you and listen to what is inside. When you re-direct your attention...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 8va, finale showcase, score files
finale showcase, score files, ledger lines: Whether you are using a freehand 8va or an 8va in a music notation computer program, the essentials are at what specific points do the 8va begin and end. This delineation is usually shown through the use of a solid or dotted line which begins just after...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: I should be able to sing...., vocal pedagogy, exact notes
vocal pedagogy, exact notes, penny nichols: Hi Clint: I am just guessing, I have never heard you sing obviously, but it does sound like taking some singing lessons would help. Especially ear training and vocal pedagogy. If there is a college near you that offers an ear training class in it s music...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composing and notating music, piano violin, self fulfilling prophecy
piano violin, self fulfilling prophecy, string quartet: Hi Lisa, I don t believe I responded your your email some time ago to thank you for taking the trouble to let me know that you found my comments helpful. Few people take the trouble to write back and so it is very gratifying when someone actually does....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composing and notating music, abrsm syllabus, piano violin
abrsm syllabus, piano violin, string quartet: Hello Lisa, and thanks for being patient. Anyone studying music seriously needs to acquire a thorough understanding of its theory. If you re going to compose a song you need an understanding of how music works . It s the difference between picking up a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composing and notating music, compose, quartet
compose, quartet, composition: Hello Lisa and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. The most difficult step is always the first. You *will* compose your piece. Have a positive attitude. As far as ideas and proper keys, it s best to look at other quartet compositions...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: melody writing, ameb syllabus, chord progressions
ameb syllabus, chord progressions, aural training: Hello Sarah, and thanks for being patient. You re learning theory and I hope you also have aural training. Each time you cover a new topic eg augmented/diminished intervals, you need to be able to: a) recognise them when they re written down b) write them...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Vocal harmony parts, clarinet trumpet, bass sax
clarinet trumpet, bass sax, musician friends: Hi Ted: You can go to my website: www.pennynichols.com and order my 2 CD set of lessons on Harmony singing and background vocal arranging. It s 7 interactive lessons with songs to help you practice singing in harmony, as well as exercises to help you sing...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: a chord from a song, publication reprints, chord progession
publication reprints, chord progession, distinct genre: I have found myself in a similar situation such as yours - enamored with a recording and trying to duplicate it. Most jazz recordings are never transcribed, yet contain many original musical ideas. Then there is the head of the tune that can be found in...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Harmonizing Triads, parallel octaves, brass fanfares
parallel octaves, brass fanfares, j s bach: Basically, what you are hearing are parallel perfect fifths (and parallel octaves in the soprano and bass) - a no-no in at least the German school of harmony. If you search for some scoring done by J. S. Bach of chorales, for instance, you will note that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Improvisation, improvisation, improv
improvisation, improv, sax: Hello Em and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. I think it is terrific that you ve discovered an interest in Jazz music. There is quite a bit of information about Jazz improvisation on the internet, but ultimately it is all about you,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What can one learn about the song You raise me up?, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, songcrafter: Kevin, Thanks for your question. When looking at the songwriting lessons that can be learned from any song, in terms of its craft, look at the five primary areas. These are all described in detail in Songcrafters Coloring Book: The Essential Guide...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: musical terms, italian term, quarter note
italian term, quarter note, metronome: Prestissimo is an Italian term that indicates that the speed, or tempo, of music should be performed very, very fast; it is faster than presto; it is sometimes described as, as fast as possible, while at other times it is given a specific metronome marking,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Symphony No. 4 Mendlssohn - Pitch, ascending thirds, viola cello
ascending thirds, viola cello, descending scale: Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for your kind words. It is very rewarding for me to have such positive feedback. I am so glad that you have gained confidence, because confidence is what it s all about! Have confidence in yourself Lisa! By all means get back...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: I've GOT to know!, http www youtube, riccardo muti
http www youtube, riccardo muti, berlin philharmonic: Hi Earl, Thanks very much for contacting me. The music in the movie is taken from Rossini s overture entitled Semiramide . There is a very good recording of it here, the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Riccardo Muti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXNw9iygwwI...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: An arranger as a songwriter?, songwriting, arranging
songwriting, arranging, songcrafters coloring book: Marie, Thanks for your question. It is important to think of the development of a song in terms of roles. A role is a specific function which must be done to make a song get from inception to a finished form. A role can be filled by one or more...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: George Benson song, george benson, play list
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: George Benson song, george benson, play list, segments

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: George Benson song, george benson, many moons
george benson, many moons, phil kelly: Hi Paul : You re not crazy -I vaguely recall the song in question but you seem to recall more details than I do regarding it. I don t remember it being an instrumental however, and I m pretty sure George Benson recorded several pure jazz oriented instrumental...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: LMusTCL 2011-12, associate diploma, trinitycollege
associate diploma, trinitycollege, abrsm: Hi Liz, Thanks very much for contacting me. I am delighted to hear that you are working on the LMusTCL diploma. I did the LMusTCL exam myself many years ago but I cannot remember anything about it except that it involved a trip to the old Trinity College...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: LTCL Program Selection, http www youtube, fugue in b minor
http www youtube, fugue in b minor, paganini variations: Hello again Abhaya, I m sorry for the long wait but I ve had another month of ill-health. All very boring and I m fine now. I love the Fazil Say piece and it would certainly be an effective end to your recital. I presume you ve checked timing - don...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: musical notes beyond 12 musical note octave, eighth tones, human ears
eighth tones, human ears, quarter tones: Hi Bob, Many thanks for getting back to me. I did not know that there are frequencies so high that they cannot be expressed in Hz. However, although my kmnowledge of quantum mechanics can be expressed as zero, it does not surprise me that these frequencies...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Polyrhythms, music, rhythm
music, rhythm, polyrhythm: Bob, Thanks for your question. There is one piece of information missing in your question which makes it difficult to give a precise answer i.e. the time period being discussed in the quote you provided, and the time period you are referring to. I...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Polyrhythms, finding a common denominator, rudiments of music
finding a common denominator, rudiments of music, psalm 33: Christ calls all men to Eternal Life, regardless of sex, race, nationality, tribe, and tongue, that sort of thing. God also exhorts us in command to make a joyful noise. He also commands us to make that joyful noise with care. (Psalm 33:3) Finding a common...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Questions and Concerns......, counter tenor, going through puberty
counter tenor, going through puberty, vocal teacher: What you risk is losing your voice down the road. If you want to take that chance, it s your call. I can t give you advice about this issue without hearing your voice and I don t advise singing high as a way of practicing, especially without a vocal coach...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: singing problem letters, spoken word piece, penny nichols
spoken word piece, penny nichols, warmups: Hello Sally: I don t think I can help you with this without hearing you. Can you make a digital recording of yourself doing the N and the A in the context of the song and send it to me as an Mp3? My email address is pensongs@aol.com and I will be happy...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Song n Music, sum music, level music
sum music, level music, n music: Hello Chris, I can t advise you about writing lyrics although I ve found a couple of websites that might be useful: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec00/articles/lyric.asp http://www.songwritingfever.com/songwritingtips Like all crafts, it ll...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music Copyrights, intellectual property attorney, folk melody
intellectual property attorney, folk melody, frere jacques: Hi Lizzie: The crux of any copyright question is: where did the melody come from ? did you compose it yourself ( regardless of whether you had someone write it down ffor you ) ? or did you write lyrics to an existing melody? an existing melody can be...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What scales to use for soloing?, jazz, solo
jazz, solo, soloing: Hello Hugh and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. There are 2 factors when deciding what scale to use for a solo. 1.) over Tone Centers (with a chord progression.) 2.) over specific Chords (when there is no chord progression.) ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What if your song is meant for a choir?, choir, recording
choir, recording, midi: Kevin, Thanks for your question - I ve written many songs for choir and have found several paths to getting them recorded without ever having to hire a choir. There are a few options, and it depends on what recording equipment you have, your familiarity...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Where should you study to become an arranger?, arranging, jazz curriculum
arranging, jazz curriculum, jazz texts: Hello Liam: Well, when I was of university age ( 1955 -60 ), there were no dedicated jazz programs to attend, so like many others of my generation, I got some academic training in harmony, counterpoint , music history , etc. and learned all my jazz /pop...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 4 part harmony, twinkle twinkle little stars, twinkle little stars
twinkle twinkle little stars, twinkle little stars, string quartet: Hi Sanjay, Thanks very much for your response. So you can compose melodies, well, that s very good. Adding harmony to a melody is very much a matter of personal taste and feeling. As you probably know already, there are different ways of harmonising a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Book of Music, classical chamber music, classical symphony
classical chamber music, classical symphony, chapter titles: Hi Lakmal, Thanks very much for getting in touch. I think you might have caught me out here. However, I can very vaguely remember a book with those chapter-titles and I have a feeling it was a book published for secondary education. It was published a good...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Brass quintet and voice and possibly piano and organ, vocal soloist, bass clef
vocal soloist, bass clef, treble clef: Hi Cheri: The easiest way to do what you want to do would be once you find the brass arrangement you like, see what key it s in and couple it with your piano /vocal treatment using a simple modulation from the vocal key. you could do this in any configuration...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Future of songwriting as a job?, music business, songwriting
music business, songwriting, commission: Kevin, This is a very big topic, much more than can fit in this space. As long as music exists, there will be income to be made from writing it. But yes, it is now more difficult to do it in the old traditional way. There are staff writers for...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Old Masters & composition, film music composers, professional composers
film music composers, professional composers, mozart beethoven: Dear Maureen, That s a very good question and one that more people should ask. I am delighted to hear that you are so moved when listening to Beethoven Sixth. You obviously have a great sensitivity to music and that is a gift to treasure. So, to your...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Pianist seems to be tone deaf, pitch perception, gifted pianist
pitch perception, gifted pianist, perception problem: Hi Miriam: A couple of things to try: 1. Have her put one finger in one of her ears and then try to match a tone. Make sure the tone is within her speaking voice range. 2. Have her close her eyes and listen while you play or sing two notes; one...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Whether you can use a fictional detail for your factual song?, songwriting, specificity
songwriting, specificity, interpretation: Kevin, Thanks for your question - this is an important topic. Ask yourself if you re writing ONLY for your friends or for the whole world of potential listeners. One of the biggest errors that aspiring songwriters make is to believe that a song...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Writing a song, alan bergman, google search
alan bergman, google search, composer arranger: Tavish: I m basically a composer arranger ( who has on occasion had to do lyrics ) but I normally prefer to work with profesionnal lyricists whenever I can. Lyric writing is an art totally separate from writing written or spoken verse. These is a term ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can YouTube help a songwriter to promote his songs?, youTube, songwriting
youTube, songwriting: Han Kim: Thanks for your question. YouTube is certainly a tremendous asset for gaining wide exposure for aspiring artists trying to build a following. Most serious Independent Artists today are using some form of video for promotion. You wrote:...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: chords, bottom note, white keys
bottom note, white keys, c scale: Hi Henrik, Thank you for contacting me. You are absolutely correct in your undertsanding of the C7 chord. However, there are two types of C7 chord (and all other 7th chords for that matter). The chords can exist in minor or major forms. I ll explain. ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: harmony of jazz fusion style, jazz, solo
jazz, solo, soloing: Hello Ken and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Extended chords (using 9s, 11s, 13s and their variations) are more often used in Jazz than pop music or other genres. However it is often the method of use rather than the chord itself that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Keys and Transposition, key transposition, flat clarinet
key transposition, flat clarinet, sharps and flats: Hello Helen, Although the clarinet can play any chromatic note within its range, because of the way it s constructed and fingered (about which you know more than I do since you can actually play the thing), keys with a large number of sharps and flats are...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Licensing, music license, copyrights
music license, copyrights, songwriting: John, Thanks for your question, This is an important topic that confuses lots of folks. You re talking about several different kids of licenses to do what you describe. To put your lyrics to someone else s music, you need their permission (unless it...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Producing "magical" rhythms/beats, magical rhythms, brick wall
magical rhythms, brick wall, composing a song: Hello, Trust your gut. If you feel like a certain rhythm or beat doesn t fit with the rest of the music that you re writing, then toss it aside. Consider keeping it for potential use some other music. Or just shelve it. If you feel like a certain...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do you get a small choir to sing your song?, simple melody, male voices
simple melody, male voices, female choir: Thank you for your question and I apologize for my delay in getting back to you. I’m not entirely sure what you intend to hand the choir, so I am going to make this response more detailed than may be necessary. The simple answer to your question is that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do you get a small choir to sing your song?, phil kelly, choral groups
phil kelly, choral groups, lead sheet: Hello Colin : It would be best if you could furnish a simple 4 voice ( SATB ) arrangement of the song to give it the best presentation. A lead sheet would probably get you a unison reading of the melody ( since most volunteer amateur choral groups aren...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: my song, music transcription, arranging
music transcription, arranging, composing: Dick, Thanks for your question. You re actually asking two questions: The first is how to transcribe what you ve written onto sheet music. Yes, it can be done with computer. There are two options: (a) With Computer software: The best software packages...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565, toccata and fugue in d minor, fugue in d minor
toccata and fugue in d minor, fugue in d minor, toccata and fugue: Akkad, you must have given up hope of ever hearing from me. I m so sorry - for the past month or so there just haven t been enough hours in the day. Thank you for being so patient. Anyway, your question. The passage starts with V7d Ib, followed by near-exact...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Transposing and Keys, piano sheet music, letters of the alphabet
piano sheet music, letters of the alphabet, note c: Hi Helen, Many thanks for getting in touch. I guess a lot of students find this issue a bit perplexing. Your clarinet is in B flat. Right! The piano is in C. Right! Let s go bit further down that road. When you play the note C on the piano, you get...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Key of C accidentals, key of c major, elementary harmony
key of c major, elementary harmony, simple melody: Hello again Sunny, and thanks for being patient - my monitor died on me at the weekend so I was without a computer for three days. These things are sent to try us. The minor scale differs from the major scale in three places: the 3rd, 6th and 7th degrees...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Modulation of exotic scales, japanese scale, diminished scale
japanese scale, diminished scale, jazz chords: Hello Dale and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Learn to use the charts. Find your tone centers where the progression is pointing, then find that tone center on this chart. There are a number of scales then that can be used to reharmonize....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Musical composition on dreaming?, manoj shyamalan, dream painting
manoj shyamalan, dream painting, composition theory: Hi Ivan, For some reason this question came up again in my in-box and I am certain that I answered it a months or so ago. I suggested a number of string quartets that you might listen to. If you didn t receive that email, feel free to get back to me (if...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: prince alberts funeral music, prince alberts, prince albert
prince alberts, prince albert, funeral music: Hi Mark, Thanks for getting in touch. But what a difficult question! I take it you mean the funeral of Prince Albert in 1851? I have checked through a large number of sources and cannot find any reference to what music was played. I believe the funeral...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: chords, chord, progression
chord, progression, tonic: Hello Garren and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Chords iii and vi are most often used to extend a progression and usually make no significant changes. Chords V and vii either move toward the tonic, or start a new progression whichs...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: circle of fifths, circle of fifths, dowdell
circle of fifths, dowdell, whig: Hello sunny-omer and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. I don t know which Circle of Fifths you are looking at, from what web site. Possibly there is a mistake. Yes, in the Key of F, there is one flat, Bb. Here is a chart: http://www.apassion4jazz.net/circle5.html...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Guitar Passing Chords, passing chord, side-step
passing chord, side-step: Hello Jim and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Try using just a normal 7th chord a half step above or below the next chord to be played. This can be played as 16th notes, or slower as quarter notes. Use your ear to make adjustments...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Happy Birthday re-visited, case roman numerals, treble clef
case roman numerals, treble clef, bass clefs: Hello again Sunny, and thanks for waiting - I was offline for a week visiting my mum as it s half term. In the file you sent me, the tune s on top where you d expect it. Your right hand s playing both tune and part of the harmony so whoever s typeset this...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Modulation to unusual scales, classical harmony, musical vocabulary
classical harmony, musical vocabulary, classical composers: Hello Dale, and thank you for being patient. There aren t any rules, for the simple reason that you ve broken them by definition. In the West from the 12th century onwards, polyphony, or combining a number of melodic strands, began to supplant monophony...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music and math, musical intervals, musical composition
musical intervals, musical composition, overtone series: Victor: I m not gonna do your homework for you, but I will steer you in a couple directions to explore. There are in fact many correlations between the two disciplines -so: music is sound -sound is made up of vibrations delivered through many means:...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Producer/Arranger collaboration with songwriter, music business, producer
music business, producer, copyright: J : Thanks for your question -- This is one of the most common situations that occurs with writers and producers, and I hear of more problems related top this than anything else. I give many workshops on this topic at national conferences. It is actually...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Singing using notes and chords and guide, melody notes, chord change
melody notes, chord change, penny nichols: Hi Sunny: There are 3 notes (at least) in every chord, so you can sing any one of the 3 notes in a chord as part of a melody. As the chord progresses, the melody notes may change, but they will always be to one of the notes in the chord. When you sing a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Should a three-year-old child learn piano?, physical dexterity, dear clare
physical dexterity, dear clare, nursery rhymes: Hello Lee, and thanks for being patient. Why do you want your son to learn music? Do you want him to derive lifelong pleasure from it, enjoy a particular genre or a whole variety of genres, find emotional release and refuge in it? If so you have to let...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: composing for the piano, parallel fifths, keyboard music
parallel fifths, keyboard music, parallel motion: Dear Ng, Thanks very much for contacting me. I assume that when you say part-writing you are referring to independent melodic parts within the music. However, I am not quite sure which rules you are referring to. In any case, it is probably better to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Improvising beyond the printed score, soloing, improvise
soloing, improvise, improvisation: Hello Claudio and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Improvising is simply your interpretation of the material you re playing. You re retelling the tune in your own words, expressing how the music makes you feel. A good improvised solo...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music Theory- Quartal and Quintal Harmonies, quartal harmony, chordal voicings
quartal harmony, chordal voicings: Hi Joshua: Your question regarding quartal voicings got a little vague towards the end with all the mention of the extended chords, but I ll try and address the initial question: pure quartal voicings ( perfect fourths - C D G speeled down and their...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Scale with all Sharps- practice, c major scale, notes on the fretboard
c major scale, notes on the fretboard, sharps and flats: That is certainly an interesting approach - jumping from all naturals to all sharps - though generally people learn the scales by adding only one sharp or one flat at a time. The trick with learning the C# major scale after the C major scale is that you have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Vocal critique, vowels and consonants, penny nichols
vowels and consonants, penny nichols, lesson cd: Hi there Claudia: Sometimes it s hard to separate the quality of what we hear from the quality of the sound equipment recording. So, yes, the recording is poor. Your voice however, is strong. I would work on two aspects: 1. Enunciation: make sure you...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Cadences, music theory class, perfect cadence
music theory class, perfect cadence, chord progressions: Zach: There is much music in the public venue that doesn t follow the traditional chord progressions, or keys relationships, or anything related to traditional style or teachings. Sometimes the best and most popular music the public accepts...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Familiarizing With Note Sounds, concert pianist, music test
concert pianist, music test, music field: Ciara: You are wanting a skill that took me years to develop. If I could give you the advice that would make it happen for you at a music test? (something no one could give me when I was in MUSIC CLASSES IN COLLEGE) I WOULD BE A MAGICIAN. ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: vocal arrangement copyrights, vocal arrangement, specialist field
vocal arrangement, specialist field, vocal group: Hi Mark, Thanks very much for getting in touch. This is a very interesting question but rather a tricky one because we are talking about copyright here. If performance is involved then we are into Performing Rights which is another equally complex issue....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Vocal Arrangement fees, precise answer, vocal arrangements
precise answer, vocal arrangements, cruise ships: Martin, There is no precise answer for this question as it involves many different factors: -- Are you creating original arrangements? -- Are you being paid as work-for-hire so that you will not have any subsequent rights to use of the arrangement,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Voice Change and techniques I should now use?, ear nose and throat specialist, ear nose and throat
ear nose and throat specialist, ear nose and throat, thick folds: Hi Sophie: I am struck by the comment that we don t have much time , do you mean time together for singing lessons or do you mean time before your University auditions? I have never heard of the Jo Estill method, but any method that asks you to do scales...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Musical Form and style, species counterpoint, baroque counterpoint
species counterpoint, baroque counterpoint, strict counterpoint: Hi Evan! Thanks for getting in touch with me. This is a very interesting question but a bit too involved for me to explore in the limited space I have here. Fux s major book on counterpoint was published in 1725 at a time when Bach was still only about...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can we really compose a song from 3 chords?, music, songwriting
music, songwriting, composing: Kevin, Thanks for your question. A 3-chord song refers to a song which uses the I, IV, and V chords in a given key. The vi chord (relative minor) is also commonly used along with I-IV-V. The reason that so many songs use this is that those three...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: "cover" vs. "derivative", songwriting, music
songwriting, music, derivative work: Joey, Thanks for your question - it is often an area of confusion for folks, but it is actually quite clearly defined. A song is defined as lyric and melody. That is what is protected by the original copyright. If you materially alter a lyric...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: license, copyrights, derivative work
copyrights, derivative work, license: Kristi, Thanks for your question. This is an important topic to understand. You asked: If I record a cover song but completely change the lyrics would I need a compulsory license? The title of the song would be different as well Here are the important...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Middle 8: Chord Sequence Advice, modulation, songwriting
modulation, songwriting, bridge: Sanial, Thanks for your question. There are many options to writing a middle 8 (or as we say in the US, a bridge ). The bridge should have a musical identity which is clearly different and distinct from the verses and the chorus. A bridge is often...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: voice, slippery elm lozenges, head tone
slippery elm lozenges, head tone, fruits vegetables: Hi Maimbo: I am going to answer your question in two parts: 1. Your health: Wash your hands in hot soapy water often, especially after touching other people or touching door knobs, handles, guitars that are not your own, etc.. In addition, eat fruits,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Putting chords to a melody, basic music theory, fancy production
basic music theory, fancy production, beginning song: Hi George: Question 1: Heres a link to a basic theory text from Berklee that may help you get started : http://www.berkleepress.com/catalog/product?product_id=1980960 There are a lot more online resources you can explore -just Google basic music...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composition collaboration, collaboration question, electronic additions
collaboration question, electronic additions, cyber document: Rodrigo : Without your specifying more explicitly what you mean as a different method of approaching composition , I can t answer this question. When I was getting started in studio work in the 60s, technology consisted of an engineer recording...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: composition shorthand, ludwig van beethoven, musical composition
ludwig van beethoven, musical composition, symphony 9: Symphony #9, Op. 125, II. by Ludwig van Beethoven or with further specification of movement II : Symphony #9, Op. 125, II. : Scherzo: Molto vivace – Presto, by Ludwig van Beethoven Putting Beethoven s in the front is less formal. Specification...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Help with minor and major.., treble clef, jamaican rumba
treble clef, jamaican rumba, bass clef: Andi: I only know one piece called JAMACIAN RUMBA BY Arthur Benjamin_ (you might have an ARRANGEMENT by pauline hall, but i m not familiar with that arr. If you hear this piece on youtube, (two piano, orchestra, or solo, it is generally played...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Help Needed A.S.A.P., key of g major, treble clef
key of g major, treble clef, jamaican rumba: Hello Andi, Thanks very much for contacting me. Sorry to hear that you are in a state of panic, but let s see what we can do to help. First, the song Jamaican Rumba is a West Indian folk-song. It was merely arranged by Pauline Hall for easy piano. There...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Microphone to sing with your piano?, local music store, handheld microphone
local music store, handheld microphone, phil kelly: Hello Lee: You don t say what method you re going to use to record -computer ? stand alone device? I suggest you go to a local music store and explain what you want to accomplish. I m sure they ll have something that ll work for you at a reasonable price....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Please Answer A.S.A.P., treble clef, jamaican rumba
treble clef, jamaican rumba, bass clef: Hello Andi, Which board are you taking? Because Jamaican Rumba s not set by ABRSM nor, as far as I can see, by Trinity Guildhall. Anyway, I ve found a video of someone playing it on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nABLJOieGb0), so I assume that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: time signature change, time signature, phil kelly
time signature, phil kelly, preformer: Hi Elizabeth: It s perfectly okay to change the time signature wherever you feel is lays best for the preformer. ( I d Also include a courtesy 3/4 sig at the beginning of the chorus ) This also applies in reverse at the end of the chorus when you return...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Vocals, classic songs, thoughts and ideas
classic songs, thoughts and ideas, new blood: Is it common for musicians to record the vocal tracks of songs seperately from the music? Yes. And if so is it typical that those tracks be available to the general public? No. I do not have an answer regarding your question about my thoughts...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What should a guitar play together with a piano?, guitar need, rhythmic style
guitar need, rhythmic style, lower register: Lee: This is a good question, and naturally the two players (piano/guitar) need to complement each other by figuring out what each person CAN PLAY. If the guitar player can play only chords then i suggest you on piano, need to play more ornamental...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Looking for Self Help Books, treble clef, self help books
treble clef, self help books, phil kelly: Hi Daniel: At your stage off development, you need to learn the most basic stuff before you progress to theory texts -things like the names of the lines and spaces on both bass and treble clef ( or what a clef is for that matter ), the elmemtary rhythmic...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: A question about the Arranger Keyboard, midi input devices, midi sound modules
midi input devices, midi sound modules, roland jv: Owain, Thanks for your question. I have used both Band-in-a-Box (BX)and arranger keyboards. You can have much more versatility with BX, however, you need to be fluent with using midi and interfacing external midi sound modules, with the computer. ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: question about scores in US Letter versus A4 format, a4 copy, american composer
a4 copy, american composer, letter format: Hello Kay, and thank you for being patient. I have to say I find your question bizarre as the last thing I worry about if I m looking at a score is the size of the paper it s written on. It can be on the back of an envelope for all I care, provided it...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: self-studying music composition, mozart haydn, european composers
mozart haydn, european composers, great composers: Hi Sina, Thanks for getting back to me. I am glad that you have reached the conclusion that studying the musical masterpieces is a productive way forward. I agree totally. Your request for a list of recommended pieces seems on the surface to be relatively...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Singing and Playing Guitar - Pitch, middle eastern music, tonic note
middle eastern music, tonic note, melody note: Hi Glad to help, what I can.... I listened to your song selection and let me start by saying, that this song is a simple song with easy to follow chords, there is lots of repitition in the chord progressions, and the bridge is basic also,,,, your...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Do arrangers use Yamaha arranger keyboards?, auto accompaniment, midi keyboard
auto accompaniment, midi keyboard, professional scores: Hi Lee: Basicially, the answer is no ( and I say this as someone who uses a Yamaha 88 key MIDI keyboard as an input device for my Finale notation program. The features like auto harmonization /accompaniment ( ala Band in a Box ) are of no use in creating...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: brass orchestration, cello concertos, brass section
cello concertos, brass section, ambitious work: Hi Curt, Thanks very much for contacting me. The cello concerto sounds interesting. I am delighted to hear that you are writing such an ambitious work. I think it is a difficult instrument to write for effectively (I used to play the cello!) but perhaps...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composing with plug-ins, plug ins, creative side
plug ins, creative side, implosion: Hi Rodrigo, While plug-ins can be a useful tool, I think you ll find that most composers, while they may use them for help in creating a sound, will not use them as part of the finished product. However, the current trend, at least in American music, seems...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Composing with plug-ins, composing work, secondary computer
composing work, secondary computer, plug ins: Hi Rodrigo, Thanks very much for getting back to me. Well, you re obviously giving this issue a great deal of thought. That s good! I don t know whether you have studied music composition to any depth. I would guess possibly not, but I apologise if I have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Connecting a keyboard to your computer?, midi interface, midi connection
midi interface, midi connection, roland sound: Chris, It s important not to confuse Midi and Digital recording. They are totally different, and typically used in combination in most professional recordings. For Midi, you are capturing instructions which you can edit then use to control any sound...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Time Signatures, time signatures, harmonic changes
time signatures, harmonic changes, quavers: Hello Abe, and thank you for being patient. Do you think One Two Three Four or One And Two And? I suppose it depends on the impetus of the piece and its underlying harmonic changes, but there s no hard and fast rule. The written page is essentially...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Accidentals in Composition, accidentals, key signature
accidentals, key signature, music composition: Here is a direct response to each question: Is there an easy explanation for how to understand why accidentals sound okay in a piece of music given that they are outside of the original key? Determining what sounds okay is open to interpretation,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What is the English word for this way of notation, odd question, musicnotes com
odd question, musicnotes com, notation software: Lee: The question sounds like you are asking about the curved line connecting TWO DIFFERENT NOTES - that is an old ITALIAN TERM LEGATO (SMOOTH PLAYING - SINGING) is the STYLE and smooth glide from note to note, is the way to perform or...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do I improve my lyrics?, writing song lyrics, lyric writing
writing song lyrics, lyric writing, songwriting: Hi Caety: there are a large number of online sources and books designed to help improve your skills at writing better song lyrics. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: http://www.squidoo.com/how_to_write_lyrics http://www.robinfrederick.com/write.html...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Improvement for my lyrics?, constructive critique, song lyrics
constructive critique, song lyrics, thoughts and ideas: Hi Caety: YOu ask if there is any place (i know)that you can receive constructive critique for your lyrics? This site has some members of the panel that can give you some ideas on that. If you want to send me song lyrics, I would be glad...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Singing to music, chord progressions, exact notes
chord progressions, exact notes, penny nichols: Hi Sunny: I have tried to answer your question twice now, but had problems with the AllExperts software. All melodies are based on chord progressions. Just like a building is built on a foundation which carries the weight of the walls and roof, so a melody...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How does an arranger work with a band in a studio?, mix sessions, music preparation
mix sessions, music preparation, phil kelly: Hi Lee : ( I ll have to do this in USD$ -not familiar with Euros and such ) First off, package deals are usually only offered if multiple charts are involved .( enough to fill one 3 hr session ) From then on, it depends upon the amount of involvement...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Beach Boys voice ranges, statler brothers, boys voice
statler brothers, boys voice, voice ranges: I think maybe Al is the name of the baritone in the beachboys, but I am not sure at all. Sorry, but definetly there are also true tenors in the group, but I could not tell you who is singing what. As for the Statler brothers, I know even less about them....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Extended chords and inversions, traditional harmony, eleventh chords
traditional harmony, eleventh chords, ninth chord: HI JOHN The system of identifying the inversion of a chord usually refers to the 3 note chord or the 7th chord. In other words, the notes of the chord that are WITHIN THE OCTAVE, not the 9, 11th, or 13th notes (outside the octave) so, in the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Does a producer need to be a composer?, producer, arranger
producer, arranger, music business: Lee, You re asking a very key question - it s an area where many of my clients encounter problems, usually coming from a misunderstanding of the different roles and rules relating to Producer, Arranger, and Engineer. For a detailed discussion of this...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: songs, vocal teachers, homespun tapes
vocal teachers, homespun tapes, penny nichols: Hi Anders - I have made a 6 cd set of singing lessons that you can purchase online from homespun tapes. It s relatively rare because most vocal teachers, myself included, would prefer that you take weekly singing lessons so that they can monitor your progress....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Copying the arrangement of a song?, melody line, phil kelly
melody line, phil kelly, intellectual property law: Hi Liam : I wouldn t rely on Rod Stewart as an authority on intellectual property law if I were you. Even if you just nick the arrangement WITHOUT the melody, there s a good chance that someone has a copyright on the recording itself which would leave...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Cords into bass clef, accompaniment instrument, trouble clef
accompaniment instrument, trouble clef, chord note: dear Lucinda: I ll give you the answer to your puzzle, and help you through this. Chords are not based on which clef you read, they are universal for all staffs and all clefs and all instruments.. Guitar players read and play chords...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ECCG chords dont fit?, song, writing
song, writing, music: Hello! Yes, I misread the progression in my first answer, but it doesn t change the theory behind it. I have amended that answer to fix the accidental transposition of letters. The chords you suggest for the chorus, F and Am are actually part of the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: First verse arrangement, unstressed syllable, melodic phrases
unstressed syllable, melodic phrases, piano accompaniment: Hello Simone, I answered a query four years ago from a young student about how to tackle songwriting at GCSE level, which might be useful. In her case she had to write a vocal duet with piano accompaniment, and she decided it should be in A minor, and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Melody Repetion in Songwriting, theme, motif
theme, motif, music: Hi Dale, The recurring passages you hear in music are themes and motifs. Similar to literature, musical compositions have main thoughts and ideas that recur throughout the work. In music, a theme is the subject of the piece. It is the complete musical...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Scales for Jazz Playing, jazz, scales
jazz, scales, soloing: Hello Hugh and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. There s really no such thing as a jazz scale and yes you are correct, it is how the player uses normal musical scales that achieves their goal, to be expressive. Here is a helpful chart...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Where should I send the lyrics I create to?, music, songwriting
music, songwriting, lyrics: Leah, Thanks for your question. The music business is a particular challenge for introverts. I write about this in my book (http://www.songcrafterscoloringbook.com). Of all the many roles in the journey of a song from creation to realization to proliferation,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Writing Chord Progressions, chord progression, intervals
chord progression, intervals, tone center: Hello Jieff and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. Chord formulas are specific to tone centers, and not always pertinent to the Key the tune is written in. Example the tune Satin Doll written in the Key of C: ||: Dm7 / G7 / | Dm7...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Arranging / Composing fee
Hi Bradley: This is a hard question since a high school isn t a commercial enterprise with money set aside for promotion purposes. It might have been better if you d negotiated your fee prior to doing the actual work -but having said that, youve performed...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: A basic question about the work of an arranger?
Liam: Absolutely NO! send the arranger everything you have -the piano track conveys much important information even without a rhythm section present. . as an example , here s a track I composed and arranged in this manner. It started with a pino /vocal...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What to know before contacting a demo singer?, songwriting, lyrics
songwriting, lyrics, singing: Liam, The decision to have a particular vocalist make your demo is a very critical decision, and is not really as simple as you make it sound. Yes, you can easily send off a track and lead sheet to a demo service, but without discussing all the issues...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Do you use the Spectrotone Chart
Kevin : Sorry ..I ver heard of this chart and know nothing about it, so I cant give you an informed answer or oponion. Phil K okay: I googled it and looked at it ..itt seems just some sort of range of orchestral instrumwent chart that they re try...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Aural Training
Hello Jane, Can I assume you re learning an instrument or vocal training? Because if you are, the sooner you get started on theory and aural the better. You can see colours, so to speak, but theory and aural teach you how to recognise patterns and (eventually)...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: coda sign
hi: If I understand your comment about the tag ending being quite long and the ending box issue, my reply is: the actual notation of 3rd ending (since it IS THE SONG S END) NEED only be a couple of measures with the 3rd ending box above .. it doesn...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: coda sign
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: coda sign

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Questions about Debussy
Hello Kristi, and thanks for being patient. I m sorry it s taken me so long to get back to you but I haven t been well this week and spent far too much time in bed feeling sorry for myself. Anyway, about La Plus Que Lente. I d say something about the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Questions about Debussy
Hi Kristi, Thanks for getting in touch! I don t normally do questions on musical analysis but since you ve asked, I ll do my best. You don t say whether the Debussy piece is the original for solo piano or whether it is an orchestral arrangement - of which...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: arranging/producing, songwriting, arranging
songwriting, arranging, production: Zach, Your question, in various forms, is not an uncommon one. The most important thing to understand is that it usually takes a village to raise a song , even for a DIY-Indie artist/band. There are many specific roles that have to be fulfilled to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: help with melody, warburton, vadim
warburton, vadim, melody: Hello Vadim, and thanks for being patient. Get hold of Melody Writing and Analysis by Annie O Warburton, read it from cover to cover and work all the exercises. Still the best book on the subject. Hope this helps. I haven t forgotten about your other...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: LTCL Music Composition, saxophone quartet, brass quartet
saxophone quartet, brass quartet, vocal quartet: Hello Tushar, and thanks for being patient. Well, according to the syllabus you have to produce four pieces lasting 5-7 minutes each. You have a choice of resources and you need two examples of each. String quartet: I assume, although it isn t explicitly...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Melody!!!, melodic aspects, phil kelly
melodic aspects, phil kelly, rudimentary knowledge: Hi Vardim : Go to Amazon -they have many books on the subject of songwriting and its melodic aspects. Assuming you have a rudimentary knowledge of harmony, heres a good book I own and have recommended before. Here is the link : http://www.amazon.com/Melody-Songwriting-Techniques-Writing-Berklee/dp/063400638X/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1360383484&sr=8-...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Melody!, ralph turek, elements of music
ralph turek, elements of music, plagiarizing: Listen to music. A lot of it. Draw inspiration from what you listen to, only without plagiarizing what has already been written. Listen to sounds in general, such as your surrounding environment and any everyday sounds. You might be surprised by what sounds...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Is there a particular chord progression for R&B ballad?, luther van dross, minor modes
luther van dross, minor modes, phil kelly: Hi Steve: There s no particular series of chord changes for a R&B quet storm ballad but a good place to experiment with is using the minor modes ( like dorian ) which in addition the a IV major chord ,also moves easily to the parallel major mode on...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Publish/Copyright?, music notation software, valid evidence
music notation software, valid evidence, boosey hawkes: Hello Zach, If you re unknown as a composer no agent will waste five minutes on you - if you want your compositions to be performed you have to circulate them as widely as possible. So start by buying a music notation software program such as Mozart Virtuoso,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: writing a melody, memorable melodies, musical knowledge
memorable melodies, musical knowledge, seven steps: Hi Vadim, Thanks very much for contacting me. The principles of melody writing are very well-known and frequently published. If I were to go into the whole business, it would probably be repeating what others have said. In any case, I do not know your present...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Arranging Barbershop Music, diminished chords, note chords
diminished chords, note chords, barbershop style: wILL jIM Richards has a good book on the theory part of music and there is a manual to get to delve into the bbshop idiom the amount of music theory needed is basic to all music arranging nothing more noted from the classic realm than that however...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can the bridge section be in the same key?, rhythm melody, harmonic progressions
rhythm melody, harmonic progressions, interdependent elements: Hello Dave, and my apologies for making you wait so long for a response. The three inseparable and interdependent elements of music are rhythm, melody and harmony, and all three need to be taken into consideration to produce a successful composition....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Differences between 6/8 and 12/8 time?, blue rondo ala turk, harmonic rhythm
blue rondo ala turk, harmonic rhythm, drum groove: Hi Kevin: I don t know much about the prre-programmed drum grooves on any keyboards beacuase I don t use them ( I usually program my own drumm grooves ) However, in my Finale notation program drum groove app, there is a selection called 12/8 ballad , so...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Differences between 8-beat and 16-beat ballads?, yamaha keyboards, choice experiment
yamaha keyboards, choice experiment, accomp: liam: yes, the styles are the same (similar) for 8 beat/ 16 beat choices, i also have this same keyboard you ll have to LISTEN for the subdivisions of the beat to notice the difference the 16 beat choice, will sound a bit more involved and complicated...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Do mainstream composers use VST packages?, independent composers, professional composers
independent composers, professional composers, james horner: Hi David: the availability of electronic samples of a very high level is the upside of DAW production in the new century. VST is one of the original packages that re offered and most professional composers have many and varying sets of samples limited...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Moving from the bridge to the chorus in a new key?, perfect cadence, last chord
perfect cadence, last chord, d note: Hello Mike, Couldn t be easier! In order to modulate you need the following: a) a pivot chord which is common to both the key you re leaving and the key you re moving to b) the dominant 7th of the new key c) its resolution (= perfect cadence) in the new...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about music theory, scale key, four chord
scale key, four chord, www tagged com: Hi STerling: The roman numerals are commonly used to denote the CHORD ANALYSIS OF THE notes so the ONE chord (I) is the chord on the root note of the scale key. the four chord (IV) IS THE chord on the fourth step of the key the five chord...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about music theory, roman numeral system, case roman numerals
roman numeral system, case roman numerals, diatonic scales: Hello Sterling, and thanks for being patient. They re used in harmonic analysis. The basis of the Western key system is that: the octave is divided into 12 equal semitones; the two diatonic scales, major and minor, are constructed in exactly the same way...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about music theory, roman, numeral
roman, numeral, analysis: Hi Sterling, Sorry about the delay in answering this followup. I didn t receive any notice that there was a question pending. As far as I know, this system of notation is simply called Roman Numeral Analysis . I tried to Google it, and that s pretty...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about Music Theory, music, chords
music, chords, music theory: Sterling, A standard scale has 8 notes, do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do or if using the C-scale as an example, c-d-e-f-g-a-b-c. Since all standard scales have 8 notes, they are designated by numbers 1 through 8. If you build a 3-note chord (triad) on each...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about music theory, roman numerals, numbers
roman numerals, numbers, chords: Hello Sterling and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. The Roman Numbers refer to the Chords. These are the theoretical terns associated with chords in a progression. Example - In the Key of Bb the Bb would be I (or Tonic) the Cm...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: ? about music theory, upper case letters, key of c major
upper case letters, key of c major, sterling thanks: Hi Sterling, Thanks for getting in touch. The Roman numerals in the photo are one way of indicating the chords. This system is not used among professional musicians but it is popular in teaching and you ll find it in many theory books on music. It is...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Need Help Now!, jazz piano chords, chord progressions
jazz piano chords, chord progressions, bass baritone: Christian: It appears that you have 6 questions.... i shall not dwell on them but give you an overview of each question... (or i fear we d be in term paper length ) How to play b y ear? FIRST OF ALL you have to know WHAT YOU ARE HEARING...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Getting back to original key from bridge, g7 c, cycle of fifths
g7 c, cycle of fifths, sore thumb: Hello again Mike, You re not thinking in the key, though. I bet you haven t established your home key and you certainly haven t moved out of it so that F# chord will stick out like a sore thumb. You ve got a bass line that s a series of ascending fifths...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Scales and songwriting?, music theory, composition
music theory, composition, songwriting: Liam, Lots of folks have areas of confusion about scales and why they are helpful. First, be aware that your question mixes two related but different things, scales and modes. The names of the modes (Mixolydian, Ionian, etc) are old classical designations...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How can synths help you write a song, keyboard devices, yamaha master
keyboard devices, yamaha master, master keyboard: Hi Vlad: the catchall term synth covers a wide range of keyboard devices that produce sound either by providing samples of real instruments ( some good,some not so good depending upon the price ) and /or oscillators and sound modules to all the programming...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Advice for making an accompaniment track?, tyros 2, accompaniment track
tyros 2, accompaniment track, pop ballad: Hi Jorgen : I do not know the keyboard you mention, but in general, ballad keyboard accompaniments usually spread out the chord in some arpeggiated fashin using both hands .the accompaniment should NOT play the melody. I suggest you listen to some pianist...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Advice for making a backing track?, arranger keyboard, keyboard device
arranger keyboard, keyboard device, rhythm track: Hi again Ben: Of course ..providing is using a DAW keyboard device with good taste, good sounding samples rendering a professional quality arrangement as a song setting, that s the way most demos are done anymore. What I was referring to was there...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Basic chord progressions of classical music, classical music sheets, integral serialism
classical music sheets, integral serialism, air on the g string: Hello Mick, and thanks for being patient. I m in the throes of the exam term. All genres of Western music from the 16th to early 20th century are based on a key system which had completely superseded the earlier modal system by the late 17th century, and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What doese the mixing process involve?, esthetic concerns, highs and lows
esthetic concerns, highs and lows, cosmetic enhancement: Hi Ben : Audio mixing is an elaborate process ( depending on many factors complexity of the arrangement, level of performances and esthetic concerns as well among them ), but it can be boiled down into several basic categories: setting balances between...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music to Find, arthur fiedler, boston pops
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music to Find, arthur fiedler, boston pops, music vendors

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Female Voice to Male voice Guitar Chords, colin hope, female vocalist
colin hope, female vocalist, dmaj7: Hi! Sorry you are having problems with this. I listened to the link and the song appears to be in the key of E flat - not D. (I say appears to be because my digital piano is away being repaired at the moment.) It is possible that they recorded the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How good are those vocal processors?, convincing performance, vocal sound
convincing performance, vocal sound, electronic tools: Hi Mike: I m not familiar with the particular device you mention, but the various actions it purports to do sound quite apecious -i.e. being able to electronically change a singing style . The many aspects of a vocal style must be a part of the performers...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Does modern RnB have anything to do with jazz?, beyonce, timberlake
beyonce, timberlake, jazz: Hello Kevin and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. A musician today is influenced by all musical genres and styles. However be careful about putting art into categories, for once you do it causes the type of question you now present. You...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music to Find, classical music station, enchanted sea
classical music station, enchanted sea, sea sounds: Hi! Oh sorry! I must have missed your message. Very sorry for that. Actually I have been out of action for the last four days which might account for it. I am afraid that I have not heard of the piece you mention but being that it is so short, it sounds...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: programme note of viola, giovan battista, giovanni battista
giovan battista, giovanni battista, trio sonatas: Hello Yi Pi Wan, and thanks for being patient. Programme notes don t need to be long - I usually think in terms of three paragraphs: composer, piece, description. Not many people will have heard of this composer (I certainly haven t) so you could start...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Programme Notes for ATCL, js bach 2, fugue in d minor
js bach 2, fugue in d minor, nocturne in f minor: Hello Adrian, The reason you re required to write programme notes on your pieces (don t refer to them as songs as there s no singing involved) is to demonstrate that you understand them in the context of music history and form, and can do more than play...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Publishers that accept unsolicited materials?, music business, publishing
music business, publishing, songwriting: Robert: It is true that the norm is for most publishers, especially the successful ones, to not accept unsolicited material. Those that do are usually small start-ups with little track record, or scams where they really just want you to use their demo...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: question on music, e mail address, bird whistle
e mail address, bird whistle, slide whistle: There are many types of whistle instruments. Sometimes a slide whistle is used in place of the human whistle, though it does not effectively mimic the sound. The human whistle, itself, is an actual instrument. There also exists several kinds of bird whistles,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Scale and songwriting?, chinese folk song, music of the whole earth
chinese folk song, music of the whole earth, balinese gamelan: Hi Janin: what you state is quite true ..there are many pitch sets ( I like that term better than scales ) available throughout the world many of which do not conform to our Eurocentric 12 tone chromatic system .Many of these pitch sets do not have ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What to do about my singing, gcse options, disney princess
gcse options, disney princess, gcse music: Hi Zara! Thanks very much for getting in touch. It is a long time since I visited Lancashire - I hope it s not too cold there. I found you email very interesting and laughed at your mention of a Disney Princess . You raise several issues in your letter...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: songwriting, andrea bocelli, classical crossover
andrea bocelli, classical crossover, football crowds: Hi Alireza, Thanks very much for contacting me. However, I am not sure that I am best qualified person to respond. But I shall give it a try. I know what you mean by classical crossover. It has become something of a popular phenomenon in recent years...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: songwriting, classical crossover, three guitars
classical crossover, three guitars, komak: Alireza, salaam - chetur id? Thank you for being patient - I m in the throes of the exam term. I m guessing that you want to fuse Western classical and Iranian music? Or do you mean taking a pop song and rearranging it so as it sounds operatic/classical?...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: action movie sounds, minor chord, brass instruments
minor chord, brass instruments, vadim: VADIM: I have listened to the SOUNDS you asked to analyze and to the best of my ability, I PERCEIVE the short , jabbing sounds to be violins on notes of the MINOR CHORD, and the brass instruments are on the sustaining harmonies... of the minor ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How to compose songs, harmonic progressions, rhythm melody
harmonic progressions, rhythm melody, chord progressions: Hello Gordon, The three inseparable and interdependent elements of music are rhythm, melody and harmony, and all three need to be taken into consideration to produce a successful composition. Even if you re writing an unaccompanied melody line, the underlying...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: criticism, phil kelly, professionals work
phil kelly, professionals work, www youtube: Hi Vadim : It s been my policy here NOT to evaluate subjectively work submitted .However, in this case I ll offer two short stateements: 1,. If you re self taught, you do show some promise with more professional training and experience. 2. That being...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Making a backing track from the vocal?, pitch center, phil kelly
pitch center, phil kelly, guitar track: Hi Jon : Under most conditions, unless the vocalist is an experienced professional singer, this approach is loaded with potential problems ( the main one being the need to create a totally in tune track for the arranger to write to ) I ve written a lot...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: how to make a music stab, midi sequencer, tremolo effect
midi sequencer, tremolo effect, sforzando: Hi Vadim, Thanks very much for getting in touch. This effect you describe has been used a lot in orchestral music from the late 19th century to the present day. Stravinsky used it quite a lot in works like The Fire Bird and The Rites of Spring . I have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: musical stab, phil kelly, tpts
phil kelly, tpts, strings 4: Hi Vadim : the sound you re refering to @ approx. 1:00 in as a stab ( or series of stabs over a low legato cello line ) sounds like hard downbow violin double stops reinforced by staccato high woodwinds ( flutes , oboes ). However,You shouldn...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Hooks in Beatles's Yesterday?, songwriting, song form
songwriting, song form, songcraft: Frank, Thanks for your perceptive question. If you look at song structures (A=verse, B=chorus, C=bridge), the song forms where there is a chorus are: ABABAB, ABABCB, ABABCAB (In some cases, there are 2 verses before the first chorus, or in some...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can one create the same arrangement just by listening?, transcription skills, phil kelly
transcription skills, phil kelly, backing track: Hi Kevin : For a professional arranger, the simple answer is yes ..it s a basic exercise in using ones transcription skills. However, it is a tedios and somewhat thankless task ,so expect the arranger to charge you more than he would for doing an original...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: unkown singer, crime story, bd
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: unkown singer, crime story, bd, tt

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Harlem Photo Survivors, great day in harlem
great day in harlem: Hello Denise and thank you for contacting me throught AllExperts.com. The photo you are referring to was taken by Art Kane and published in the 1958 Jazz issue of Esquire magazine, which has come to be known as A Great Day in Harlem. Yes, of the 57 Jazz...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: LTCL recital (piano) programme, mozart sonata, minor bwv
mozart sonata, minor bwv, suggestion diabolique: Hello again Agnes, Yes, the Say is definitely suitable and it was top of my list before I heard the Rzewski, so go for it! The Mendelssohn has, as I said, a nice showy finish. So you either make that the climax of the recital and choose your final...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: unkown singer, little peace, key to my heart
little peace, key to my heart, crime story: i can tell you it is an OLD 50 S ROCK/ ROLL SONG, by the style and chords, but it is not a song i have heard before, and there is not enough of it to hear the words to the SONG TITLE... so unless you can hear more words you might not be able to know the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Do YouTube performers have to pay?, songwriting, copyright
songwriting, copyright, youtube: Tony, Thanks for asking this important question. The short answer is generally, yes, although most do not. You do not pay YouTube, you pay the copyright holder, which is generally the publisher, and the publisher in turn pays the songwriters. There...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can a song be accompanied by a drum and piano only?, songwriting, drums
songwriting, drums, percussion: Mahmouz, Thank for asking this very relevant question. Percussion (any type of drum or rhythmic instrument that is struck) is the most important element of an arrangement once anything more than a solo piano or guitar is added. The percussion is the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Song critique and the time of the day?, songwriting, critique
songwriting, critique, music: Kevin, Thank you for this very relevant question. Critique is a general term which is often misunderstood. For critique to be useful, it needs to be objective, specific, actionable, and independent of one s mood or taste. In that sense, good...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Yamaha Keyboard Music Finder, college music department, local music store
college music department, local music store, keyboard music: john: It seems to me that the exit choice is A CANCELLATION of your request to choose 6/8 Not being familiar with that MUSIC FINDER i can t speak any more about your situation, but I THINK THAT THERE must be some information in a manual...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Aural Training, relative pitch, tune guitars
relative pitch, tune guitars, perfect pitch: Jane: ok I see that I assumed that when you used the terms Perfect Pitch and Relative Pitch that you were already familiar with those terms, and their applications well Perfect Pitch is the ability to hear a pitch and identify the exact name of...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the key of a singer's voice?, kind guidance, lipstick on a pig
kind guidance, lipstick on a pig, female choir: personally, I don t really care for the song either ( or the singer for that matter ) adding any element to an arrangement ( chorus, strings, etc ) is a common device to enhance an otherwise bland performance. Key changes also work the same way. as...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the key of a song., key, ear training
key, ear training, piano: Hello Kim and thank you for contacting through AllExperts.com. First, always keep a pencil and notation paper handy at the piano. Write things down so you don t forget. There s nothing wrong with the approach you are using to determine the key/chords of...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: From a minor scale to a major scale, minor triad, minor c
minor triad, minor c, scale degrees: Take a look at the chords in a major key and in a minor key. Major key: I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii (dim.) Root of each chord: C, D, E, F, G, A, B or A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G# Minor key: i, ii (dim.), III, iv, V or v, VI, VII Root of each chord: ...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Allemande from Bach's Partita in D
Dear HM, Thanks very much for getting in touch. I have checked the bar in the work that you mention and I can see your problem here. At that point in the music, the actual key is A minor. Yes, you are correct that in bar 14 we certainly do have the harmony...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chromatic Substitution
Hi Hafiz, It s a few years since I was last in Indonesia so it s nice to hear from you. Thanks for getting in touch. I am not really clear about your question and it is difficult to know what you are trying to find out. The chord progression that you...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Chromaticism (oh not again)
Hi Hafiz, Thanks for getting back to me. Sorry that my previous explanation didn t help very much. However, you say that you want to write a composition . Before I go on, I must say that it is absolutely not necessary to know whether C sharp is an inflection...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: dominant ninth chord
Hello Garren, and thanks for being patient. It s omitted in common-practice SATB harmony because you have five notes in the chord but only four parts, so one of the notes must be omitted, and the fifth is the only note that s expendable. If we start...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Allemande from Bach's Partita in D
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Allemande from Bach's Partita in D

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: head voice
Hi Onwell: You should feel strong vibrations all throughout your head and going into your chest, arms, body. Sometimes the feeling of resonance is very subtle. Just a tingling in your hands and feet lets you know that you are using your head voice and...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: head voice
hi: My answer is general in nature but you asked about head voice and where YOU FEEL VIBRATIONS that is (to my experience) two questions or NEEDING TWO ANSWERS.. HEAD VOICE... is a generic phrase (depending on who uses it) to refer to a...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music theory
Hello Andrew, Anyone taking music seriously needs to acquire a thorough understanding of its theory. If you re going to compose a song you need an understanding of how music works . It s the difference between picking up a few phrases in a foreign language...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: scales
Hi Daniel: This is confusing and not even sure what the context is for KNOWING what scale to go to next EVEN REFERS TO .. Composers write what they feel, hear (in their head) and want to express, like a painting; THERE ARE NO RULES for writing...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Should I send my son to a singing/drama class?
Hello Liam, and thank you for being patient. Why do you want your son to learn music? Do you want him to derive lifelong pleasure from it, enjoy a particular genre or a whole variety of genres, find emotional release and refuge in it? If so you have to...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Suspended cadence
Hi Alex, I have downloaded the score of Haydn Symphony no 31. You can download it yourself if you go to this link: http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.31_in_D_major,_Hob.I:31_%28Haydn,_Joseph%29 The 4th movement is a Theme and Variations and the phrase...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: song writings
DEAR ANDERS ALL THE EXPERT song wriers say the same thing write a song every day (good or bad) poets write a poem a day, people exercise daily, so if you wish to be good at something, you need to do it daily to improve (it is not like lets...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Bach
Hi Hank, Thanks for getting in touch. I assume that you are refering to the well-known Bach C Major Prelude that is made up mostly of semiquavers (16th notes) in the right hand part. There are several different ways to analyse a musical piece. You can for...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do you arrange the sound of 3 guitars?
Hi Liam: Of course, a lot depends upon the genre of the piece and the overall feel you desire, but there are many ways to deploy three guitars as accompaniment. If the selection is folkish or country oriented, one might choose something like: guitar...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How are arrangers paid?, songwriting, copyright
songwriting, copyright, arranger: Kevin, An important an all-too-frequent question. The short answer is no, such a change in the law would not be warranted, at least under US principles of copyright. Arrangers already have adequate statutory protection under the derivative work provision...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do you arrange the sound of 3 guitars?
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: How do you arrange the sound of 3 guitars?

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music
There are technically more than 7 modes, although the 7 that I listed are the first set of modes that students usually learn when learning additional scales. Those modes do not apply exclusively to medieval or church music, they can also be applied to jazz,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Critique my composition
Hi Yasmin, Thanks very much for getting in touch and also for sending the link to your composition on YouTube. Well, I am glad that you are not nervous about showing the piece to me. But honestly, I don t think you need have any worry about showing the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: The role of arrangers in rock music?
Hi Ben: You are correct in assuming that in the traditional rock format, the arrangement is often donw within the group itself often from something as a chord sheet ( or even by ear by the members of the band ). The drummer will often be tasked with...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Identifying music elements
Jamie, I m so sorry it s taken so long for me to respond. I m in the throes of the exam season - practical exams, getting marks in to exam boards and, to cap everything, Ofsted turned up last week. Rushed off my feet doesn t begin to cover it. Thank you...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: naming root chords and inversions
Hi Omer, In the key of C major (for example) you can build a chord on any one of the notes of the scale. So without using any other sharps or flats the chords would go C-Dm-Em-F-G-Am-Bdim-C. You can try this on a keyboard by just playing the triad of C...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: studying music
Hi Hank, Thanks very much for getting in touch. I have mulled over your question for a time and come to the conclusion that I do not know enough about the philosophy of science to offer you a decent answer. So I am afraid that this question is a bit out...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Music Arrengment, Sibelius, arrangements
Sibelius, arrangements, compose: Hi John, and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. I agree with you that notation software is an effort intensive process. However, the more you do it, the more familiar you ll get with the software and your frustration should diminish. Just...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: orchestration
Regarding a) : For reference, the link that you provided redirects to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 OST -02- Brotherhood Assault (1080p) . The composition includes a synthesized instrumentation, so it is possible the stab sounds that you mentioned...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Orchestration
Hi Vadim, Thanks for getting in touch. As far as I can tell, at 0.08 there are three (possibly four) French horns also known as Horn in F. At 0.54 and for several seconds before I think we have three trombones and a tuba. If the trombone sounds in your...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Dynamic Levels for Different Hands
Hi Tony: First of all, you don t specify what kind of percussion setup you mean ..are you referring to a standard drum set, orsomething specific? In a drum kit situation, standard dynamics , accents , etc usually are sufficient. -micro managing the...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What do you think of Suzuki piano method?
Hello Liam, I don t know about the Suzuki piano method as such, but all my life I ve accompanied children for exams/auditions/festivals and I can always tell immediately which children have learned using the Suzuki method, on any instrument. I absolutely...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Longest Duration Solo and Duet Category Song Recorded..
Prashant: This question is TOO GENERIC AND can cover too many genre s of music.. OPera music has hugely long arias and songs, (solo and duets) a MEDLEY of songs always covers long amounts of time... so the LONGEST DURATION IN what category would...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Longest Duration Solo and Duet Category Song Recorded..
Hello Prashant, and thanks for being patient. I m sorry but I don t entirely understand the question - are you asking me for the longest song ever recorded? In which genre of music? I only know about Western art music, so if you want me to compare it...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Longest Duration Solo and Duet Category Song Recorded..
Dear Prashant, I would guess that it is possible to find what is the longest song ever recorded by doing a search on the internet. I suppose the same would apply to a duet. It is not clear from your question whether you are referring to songs of a specific...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Does a songwriter receive money straight away if his song is bought?, songwriting, royalties
songwriting, royalties, publishing: Kevin, Dealing with income from intellectual property, particularly songs, is complicated, but if you understand the basic royalty streams and how they are generated, tracked, collected, and distributed, you are in the best position to receive all that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: starting a song in one scale but ending it in another scale
Tony I m sorry that i made the assumption that if you were wanting CHORD INFORMATION, you were already familiar with the CIRCLE OF 5THS, with CHORD PROGRESSIONS, with CHORD STRUCTURE and CHORD USAGES,... that should be something you d need to dig into...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Can anyone use the same arrangement for free?, copyright
copyright: Hi Liam : You are correct in assuming the song ( music /lyrics ) is protected under most worldwide IP law, but the accompanying arrangement is usually a work for hire and is NOT protected under the song copyright per se. However OTOH, in somecountries...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: playing by ear
hi ANDERS : THIS IS A GREAT QUESTION (the first time this has been asked in over 600 questions and years of doing this)(thanks) well, I had a piano teacher that knew how to play BY EAR, when I was in high-school, she taught me systematically...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: What if another songwriter asks for your comment?, songwriting, critique
songwriting, critique, feedback: Kevin, Giving constructive feedback to a fellow songwriter is a very important skill, and takes some practice. As you correctly point out, if you tell them you don t like their song, it can hurt their feelings and not give them any useful information....

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Bach
Hello John, and thanks for being patient. We re talking about the little Minuet in G from the Anna Magdelena Book that for generations of piano students was the first piece of Bach they learnt, thanks to Walter Carroll s First Lessons in Bach . (It turns...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song, misic theory
misic theory: Hi Sterling: There is a simple tool to help you remember the key signatures of both major and minor songs called the cycle of fifths Imagine a clock face with C at the noon position. As you move clockwise, you add a sharp i.e. !o clock _ 1 sharp...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Hi Sterling, Thanks for getting back to me. I am wondering whether you are making things too difficult. It might be that you are getting the horse and the cart in the wrong order! I spend quite a lot of time writing musical compositions and writing music...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Hi Sterling; Im not a computer wiz, so I do NOT know of any program that identifies what key a song is in merely by the notes played in it. Partly because many songs utilize an INTERNAL key change, FOR VARIETY, or they use modulational devices...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Hi Sterling: First of all, you can determine the number of flats or sharps in a song by first fignuing out which note the song comes to rest on, usually the last note of the song rests on the tonic or 1 and also indicates the key that the song is being...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Hello again Sterling, I m sorry but I don t know anything about composition software - the only tools I use for composition are manuscript paper and a pencil. I m confused by your question, though - if you re the composer the first thing you establish...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Without getting into a long-winded discussion on music theory, I can provide some pointers that you could use as a quick reference: * The first and/or last chord of the song might indicate the key that it s in (unless it changes keys). * The notes that...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song, songwriting, scales
songwriting, scales, keys: Sterling, There can be a lot of technical detail that goes into explaining about key signatures and dealing with accidentals , but here is a brief explanation that should enable you to correctly determine keys and how to notate the accidentals. To...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song
Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Determining the # of sharps or flats in a song

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: In the Key of...???
Chris: your three points of summary are correct.. have you got that right? yes, finally, if Beethovens 7th symphony were played (only a musician familiar with the music could tell you the key of the piece) so if you were purchasing a cd of...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: modulation
Hi Judy: This is a good question.. Usually the common RULE is to find what chords and progressions EACH KEY have in common, and use that as a PIVOT point so that at any time in the song, when you find a chord used that is common to BOTH KEYS (old...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: music theory
Hello Hank, To answer your third question first: I m always being asked similar questions, and I ve come to the conclusion it would be easier to explain if we were corresponding in French or German rather than English, the reason being they are both inflected...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: 4 chords, rhythm guitar, db7
rhythm guitar, db7, chord progression: Hello Al and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. There are many possibilities to complete the cadence (chord progression) you suggest. CM7/// C6/// Dm/// G7/// - or - CM7/// C6/// Dm/// Db7/// - or - CM7/// Am7/// Dm///...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Is 6/8 time sig. usually a faster tempo than 3/4?, dotted quarter note, sponsor coupons
dotted quarter note, sponsor coupons, dance rhythm: Hi again Buddy: There s no real rule about when to use a quarter note basis or an eighth note one. Many classical composers wrote slow movements in 3/8 time on occasion. These days, common practice seems to indicate the use of an eighth note subdivision...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: 7th chords, natural bb, dominant 7th
natural bb, dominant 7th, b natural: Hi Robin, The easiest way I know to answer your questions is to show you the make up of each chord with a (possible) name. All examples use C as the root: Dominant 7th or V7: C E G Bb Augmented 7th or V7+5 (or V7#5): C E G# Bb (note that the 5th...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: 8va and 15ma, italian word, ottava
italian word, ottava, octaves: These symbols are usually followed by a line or bracket over a section of music. They indicate that the music under the bracket should be played in a different octave than written. 8va - is an abbreviation for the Italian word ottavo, meaning...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Accomodating range/pitch, screech, soprano
screech, soprano, cecilia: Hi Cecilia, Harmony would be a good thing. Most harmony in cantoring is in 3rds. Whatever pitch the alto cantor is singing, you can sing 3 steps higher than her. This will not make you go into screech land, and you ll be able to sing comfortably in...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Accounting For Taste, minor triad, musical passage
minor triad, musical passage, modal system: Hello again Shayde, If you play a major triad followed by a minor triad to children aged 3+ and ask them what the difference is, assuming they can hear the difference in the first place, eight times out of ten they ll tell you the major triad sounds happy...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Accounting For Taste, overtone series, quarter tones
overtone series, quarter tones, natural harmonics: Shayde, Very interesting question! Even though this is definitely outside my area I will offer some opinions. . . . First I think that there is the issue of natural harmonics. The overtone series is structured in this way. From the fundamental...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Accounting For Taste, gregorian chants, midieval times
gregorian chants, midieval times, mathematical relationships: Shayde This is a great question -- what prompts you to ask ? (you can respond direct to my e-mail at bill@billpere.com) Consonance/dissonance is a combination of physics and culture. All natural sound has overtones which are based on mathematical...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Advanced chords, jazz compositions, reading jazz
jazz compositions, reading jazz, linear techniques: Hello Kenny and thank you for contacting me through AllExperts.com. There is no criteria for which notes used to express your harmony, it s a matter of taste and design. What are you saying harmonically? Where is the line pointing? However,...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Thank you!, performance degree, hanon
performance degree, hanon, adivce: Hi Sherry, Even as an amateur, you d still have to follow the basic tenets of how to get noticed. Even on a small scale, if you don t have a following, then what good is it? If you don t want to seek high recognition, then you don t have to. You have...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Analysis problems, chromatic harmony, staff parties
chromatic harmony, staff parties, grieg: Hello again Steffan, Yes, I did get your follow-up question and I m sorry you ve had to wait so long for an answer. The problem with working freelance for a number of organisations is that you get caught up in staff parties and end of term concerts all...

Musical Composition, Theory, Songwriting, and Singing: Analysis Woes, melody line, crotchet
melody line, crotchet, harmonic structure: Hello Steffan, I think (and I ve spent the last half hour checking my beloved Prout and Morris to confirm this) that you don t count this chord as part of the harmonic structure since all the notes in it are auxilliary notes. Before you hurl insults at...

Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting: Arpeggios, minor triad, harmonic relationship
minor triad, harmonic relationship, music stor: Edward, You are really thinking this stuff over. Great job! I read over your follow up to the follow up. I am kind of in a hurry here today so please feel free to check in with me again on another day. However, I will give you some quick answers. ...