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Do real life emotional experiences affect one's creative ability?

I have heard people say that music only flows from a broken heart. I sit down to write music, and not one melody comes out from me that isn't similar to something that I have already heard before. ...
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What are some sources for learning chiptune composition? [on hold]

I'm relatively new to music composition and I choose chiptune to start learning some simple compositions. What I've been doing is compose some riffs but I'm having trouble creating a full song. I ...
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Creating a simple melody out of random notes

I recently watched a movie entitled "Frequencies" and there is a scene where one of the main protagonists, as a kid, is enticed to play the piano, he is told to play any notes in any order and in any ...
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I have no experience and want to start creating relatively simple music, does this seem like a good way to get going?

I really don't have much experience with music creation. I am a motion designer (I make computer animation) and want to be able to create some simple beats, loops, simple basic music, etc. for some of ...
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Fundamental and In-Depth Music Theory for an Absolute Beginner

I know nothing about music theory, but I have been playing the guitar for over 5 years and have been only working with tabs. I want to learn music theory from scratch, fundamentally and meticulously. ...
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In The Beatles song 'IF I FELL' there's a move to D9 chord, how does it relate to the major scale?

Please explain the following move to D9 :) [VERSE] D Em F#m Em If I trust in you, oh please A Don't run and hide D Em F#m Em If I love you too, oh please A ...
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Correct way of notating syncopation

I'm trying to notate this particular passage here: The notes in the LH come very slightly before the RH in some places, and I've tried to notate it as follows: ...
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Do I have to be a virtuoso pianist to compose faster music?

I was about to compose my third movement of my first sonata, but the other movements are notated Andante and Adagio. I would want my final movement to be notated Allegro or something even faster than ...
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Why does this perfect fifth sound dissonant

I am new to composition, and I want to know why a particular chord sounds dissonant. These are the chords : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/42218552/Z.pdf This is the sound file : https://dl....
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What makes a composer decide between time signatures 3/4, 3/8, or 3/2? [duplicate]

Is there a logic to why, for example, a composer would choose 3/8 or 3/2 over 3/4? It seems like the n/8 would consume more ink than n/4, or make me look at more stuff at a time (cognitive overload ...
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Notating rhythms in 6/8

I've been composing in 6/8, and come up with this, but the notation I've used looks a little messy and it's not something I've seen used anywhere else, is there a better, perhaps easier to read way of ...
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Tonal harmony: 18th century counterpoint vs. Accessible contemporary harmony and composition

I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to "rules" regarding music of the bygone days of the traditional prelude & fugue, the motet, and four voice harmony of the Baroque era. Specifically,...
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Is it possible to write a melody which can't be notated?

Is it possible to have a piece which can't be notated using the musical notes we currently have?
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About Orchestral Music

I don't know how to ask this cuz English isn't my native Language. Anyhow, I want to ask what do we call those voices (it feels like lot of people singing together) in an orchestral music or epic ...
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Are there scales and chord progressions particularly used in Rag music?

I am interested in the underlying scale and chord structures of ragtime music . For example, I was reading in my book Jazzology last night that ii-V-I progressions are frequently used in Jazz. I am ...
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Tips for writing an aggressive/violent orchestral piece?

So I'm writing an orchestral composition, and it is supposed to sound aggressive and violent, however I'm not sure how one can accomplish this. At first I assumed it would have a fast tempo, and would ...
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Advice for figuring out unusual rhythms when composing

I've been taking lessons in composition for a couple of years now, and one of the only things I've had any difficulty with is converting difficult passages i've improvised and decided to include, into ...
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What exactly is a Major scale?

So, typically you compose a happy song in a major scale, or, in my case Progressive House, in a Major scale. But, if C# major's relative key is A# Minor, what exactly is a major scale and how do you ...
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Can we use scales that belong to the chord that is in the scale you planned your composition to be in?

Can we use scales that belong to the chord that is in the scale you planned your composition to be in? For example I'm in a G major chord and there is a D major chord too, can I use the D major scale?
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What to do when my composition has substancial similarity? [closed]

A part of my long composition contains the same chord sequence and similar melody just like Moonlight Shadow refrain, but different rhythm. I was being inspired, but it seems that Moonlight Shadow ...
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Should I use inversion or root position?

I'm writing a song for a project and putting piano chords under the melody. I don't know if this makes sense but for example, if I'm in C major, and there is an "E" in the voice, should I pair it with ...
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Music composition project library [closed]

Is there a website similar to soundcloud for sharing music projects (in garageband format, for example)?
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Are parallel octaves okay in other styles of music?

In a musical theatre piece is it wrong to have lots of parallel octaves in the voices?
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How to compose for male falsetto?

I'm writing a musical theatre piece and I want one of the male character's parts to be sung completely in falsetto, but I have no idea what clef to write it in. Would I write it in treble clef or ...
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Is there a composition theory that uses Fourier analysis to explore the relation between timbre and pitch? [closed]

Is there a theory of musical composition based on or heavily influenced by Fourier analysis or synthesis, thereby enabling the composer to tie timbre to pitch, scale, and/or tuning?
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Composing a Piano sonata

I was wondering about composing a piano sonata. I only composed nocturnes and piano waltzes. Now I would like a piano sonata. Is there a specific rule for composing a piano sonata?
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Is there any website with free drum patterns? [closed]

I want to compose some rock songs. I have a guitar, which I plug in my PC, but I need some drum patterns. The question is about some web-services or sites, where I can download 3-10 seconds drum loop. ...
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Technique: What is an effective way to create a song? [closed]

In detail, my question(s) are: Is it better to start with the climax, or drop, of the song rather than with the intro? What is an effective way to create your melodies? What is an effective way to ...
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Could you have a minor chord in a Major scale song?

I haven't experimented with this much - so, the reason for asking this is in order to know whether it is even possible: Could you have a minor chord in a Major scale or no? I am thinking more in ...
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How to start composing music? [closed]

I am a guitarist with enough information about music theory,little information about harmony. To expreince a music composition,I want to compose a very very simple Pop-Rock music... But i don't ...
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How to notate different composers in different sections of a piece?

I'm arranging a medley of songs with different composers and am stuck on how to notate the composers. I've thought of listing the composers with their songs as they appear in the music (I'm already ...
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book to learn music [closed]

I don't know anything about theoretical music, but i'm in love with classical music and by classical i mean baroque, classic and romantic era. I've been listen to them almost all my life (24 years ...
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How to make a dal capo/segno include repeats?

I'm currently writing on musescore, and I have a problem getting the desired playback using dal segno: the second time through, repeat signs are ignored. According to this link, inner repeats in a ...
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What is a good way to choose syllables for an acapella arrangement?

I arranged a song for my acapella group. I have chords, the solo, and a basic background which I can change easily but, I need to know a method or a direction to look for background syllables.
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Layering multiple instruments

I am very new to the song writing process. In a section like the chorus, how do you get the layering of many instrument to get that full and rich impression? For my first composition, I just had ...
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Compositions or songs written for black keys only

I was taught to do improvisation by practising playing random tunes using just the black keys on a piano, and although it had a very oriental sound, the tune was quite pleasant if you introduced ...
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Why have I never found any music written in the key of C Sharp Major?

Music is written in almost every key that corresponds to every note that is on my piano keyboard. There is clearly a C Sharp (black key right of C) on my piano keyboard but I don't recall ever seeing ...
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Is there a simple way to transpose a song from one key to another? What is the methodology?

What is a simple way to accomplish transposing a song from one key to another key? In other words if I am looking at a song written in the key of C and can't sing it in that key and I want to ...
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music sheet with more then 1 Ledger line?

Im just learning sheet music and don't understand the multiple Ledger lines, not sure if i should be asking this here but i can't be the only one that's not sure about it. http://sebastianwolff.info/...
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Is there any rules to choosing appropriate drum pattern for a melody?

I'm just a beginner in writing music. and I am learning this just for fun. I had read some books about writing music, but still confused with some questions, this is one of my question. I had tried ...
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What is the proper self-learning path for music composition?

I am looking for a path of self-taught books for western music compositions. For instance I know there are many subjects like harmony, counterpoint, forms, orchestration, etc. But there are many ...
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Assistive Technology for writing music [closed]

I am looking for a computer program or app that can write music for a certain composer. The composer can figure out the correct notes when played to him. If you play him a C and a D, he will tell you ...
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Harmonic analysis of “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith

I'm trying to do harmonic analysis of "Walk this Way" by Aerosmith. Verses and choruses uses I to IV progression, but I wonder about the riff in the bridge. It seem to be played in the E key. Joe ...
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Representing the snapping of the damper pedal to create an ambient tone in sheet music

The other day I was sitting down at my piano while composing when I encountered something that I had noticed a few times in the past. Here is what happened: I pressed the down the damper pedal ...
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Collaboration. Is there a site in the that allows musicians to find and work with each other on compositions?

There are hoards of sites on which to place finished products: scoreascore, sound cloud, etc. But, is there a site in the that allows musicians to find and work with each other on compositions? For ...
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Do composers generally have a “logic” for motivic motion? [closed]

Do composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc... generally have some logic in motivic motion? When they sequence or use motives in "creative" ways is there some reasoning to choose the interval the ...
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Can a symphony be in many keys?

First of all, please excuse me for my bad musical vocabulary usages. I'm working on an information-system for music, and I'm trying to understand some basic concepts in order to move on in my project....
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Need advice on the composing process

I'm fairly new when it comes to composing. So far all of my compositions result from messing around at the piano, not writing a thing down. After messing around for a very long time, trying countless ...
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Traits of calypso music?

I'd like to compose my own calypso music, but I've not been exposed to enough calypso in my lifetime to be able to do so intuitively. Of course, calypso is instantly recognisable as such, but why? ...
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Need help figuring out the key of this melody [closed]

I figured this out on the piano but I'm not sure what key this would be in. Once I figure out the key I feel I can start to write more of it. I notated it in C Major with accidentals because I don't ...