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Old 01-08-2009, 05:05 PM   #41
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I'm a bit of a drum nut when it comes to composition so first of all I'd say I would have really liked some more active drumming. You've said that you weren't exactly trying to make them that exciting but I still woulda liked a bit more flair

It was a cool riff and I really liked the solo and the little lead at bar 11, but I was really hoping that you'd get a bit more of a melody going to match the exoticness of that Koto track, rather than just repeating the same little shapes. Actually, I think that could have happened if you'd cut the 8 bars of rhythm before the solo comes in over it so that it's a more convincing segue. I appreciate that the GP file isn't meant to be taken as law for this piece, but maybe just some notes to fade in/out on would make some of the transitions a little smoother, too
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:11 PM   #42
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bar 55 - What A Wonderful World - please listen to that part

HAHA.

Oh wow. I just totally heard it in that context too.

I used that chord movement (Bbdim - Dm - Edim - Dm) a few more times in the song, but I guess that phrase brings it out more.

Awesome.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:50 PM   #43
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #44
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As I said I would earlier, I've uploaded two of my acoustic pieces. They're only about a minute long each (first one repeats), and is what I came up with messing around with different tunings. I was initially gonna upload my recordings, but the file size is too large even when compressed. You'll have to make do with MIDI...

Not bad, I would like to hear your recordings. Are they on your profile?

In the one titled 8 I honestly felt like that Eb was just a bum note. That dissonance was just too strong for my taste. Maybe it's the midi that doesn't help and the timbre of a real guitar would breathe life into it - idk.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #45
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Not bad, I would like to hear your recordings. Are they on your profile?

In the one titled 8 I honestly felt like that Eb was just a bum note. That dissonance was just too strong for my taste. Maybe it's the midi that doesn't help and the timbre of a real guitar would breathe life into it - idk.


It isn't to me. But I always had a knack for that major into minor stuff...
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:39 PM   #46
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^^ to the "8"

If you take that bar with the 2 Eb notes and make the 2nd a D note, then it could fit more nicely.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:43 PM   #47
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I found the bassline in relation to the overlapping parts was stressing it to much with the occasional E note, which would aurally be "nicer" if it was just D (or if you want to keep the "downward" contour, a G or an A note ), but that's just my opinion. I do know if you would play that live with a few stacks, people will die from that dissonance Because if the lowest sound is dissonant it will have effect on the entire piece of music.

As for the solo; I listen to everything in a guitarsolo (dynamics, sound, timing, timbre etc.) so I won't comment on this, cause it's midi.

I personally didn't find it to be dissonant, but I might change it from an E to an F instead (minor third). I'll give it a try.
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Bass note changed to F, except for the first bit, which I thought fit. I like it better this way. I also fixed an error in the bass towards the end.
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Ok, I've been experimenting with a progression that's (for the sake of simplicity, transposed to C Major) C - A7 - Bb6

Just by looking at this, you would expect it to be in the key of D minor, but it resolves to C major if I remember correctly. So...am I using some kind of chord substitutions that I'm not aware of?

I just hate composing stuff that I can't theoretically explain.

Any help?
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:50 PM   #50
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It resolves to C mixolydian. Similar, but not C major
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Yeah, still on a C major chord though is what I meant.

How would you explain the A7? Relative-parallel major?

I'm stumped.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:56 PM   #52
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^harmonic minor, then back to aeolian.
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I'll just consider it a secondary dominant of D minor.

So...

ii/V

Yeah?
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I'll just consider it a secondary dominant of D minor.

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ii/V

Yeah?


Nah man,

VII, V, VI.

Second chord just uses the raised seventh of D harmonic minor.

At least, that's how I interpret it.
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Michal23 the harmony in your composition is fantastic, I can't wait hear it when it's completed, usually the hard part is getting a good ending.

Oh and xxxdarrenxxx you can find the recording on my profile.
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I never compose anything in order.

The end came right after I wrote the theme for my composition.

The middle section came last
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I never compose anything in order.

The end came right after I wrote the theme for my composition.

The middle section came last



lol, was it awkward trying to fit something in that will fill it? Or does it come straight from your head instantly.
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Umm, I had a few phrases worked out, and towards the end, I was just kind of making transitions between them.

Like I have the theme, and then the secondary theme, and then just stuff in between that.

Same goes for the second section.

The middle section is just there to contrast.

And it was pretty hard, because I came up with a good bit, and think to myself, "where the hell is this going to go?" .
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Ok, I've been experimenting with a progression that's (for the sake of simplicity, transposed to C Major) C - A7 - Bb6

Just by looking at this, you would expect it to be in the key of D minor, but it resolves to C major if I remember correctly. So...am I using some kind of chord substitutions that I'm not aware of?

I just hate composing stuff that I can't theoretically explain.

Any help?



Well first of, it's a nice progression and how you wrote it, it's C mixolydian.



The last chord, and it wants to resolve because it's has the tension of an Csus4 chord with an A# in the bottom (which makes it a modal vamp (mixolydian), which wants to lead into the C of course.

The A7 is a chord substitution.

You made an Mixo modal vamp, by using that A# while still resolving to C because of that sus4 sound.

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Lol. Yay.

Haha. I'll give it a try.

And I agree, it doesn't necessarily pull towards C, but it's certainly a possibilty.

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