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How to write a string quartet

I have major problems with writing for the string quartet. I have studied 4-part-writing for some time now, but I still have very little clue about how to expand from the basic chorale texture, where ...
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How to argue that it might be a good idea for a composition to follow music theory more closely? [closed]

So I'm a cabaret composer and have been studying music for quite some time. I have a band including myself, an accordionist, and a guitarist. I've been writing progressions and parts for everyone, ...
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What and how much to practice as a composer

I'm striving to better my music composition skills, but I'd also like to improve my piano skills since I like it and I think I am not a very good practical musician. The problem is, though, that I can'...
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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

Hello fellow musicians, I trying to figure out how to write a good bassline to a pop-ish song (no specific genre, but think Selfless by The Strokes and Lost in Time by The Living Tombstone). I have ...
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Are there musical cryptograms for “Happy New Year”?

Composers have created many clever ways to spell out words and names in their compositions. These are called "musical cryptograms"; the B-A-C-H motif perhaps being the most famous. I'd like ...
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What is Bach doing in these pieces?

Is this a certain progression in both pieces? Both parts are here slowed down: https://sndup.net/7w6t The first part is from that piece (2:18) The second piece: ...
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How can I transpose an audio track in Logic Pro X without having the duration changed?

I'm recording vocal audio tracks, but I don't reach some pitches (like a C2) so i tried singing the parts one octave higher and using the transposition feature in the inspector (Shortcut: "i"...
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How do I learn how to accompany with Piano [closed]

I've been long time sheet music reader and I've recently switched to chord sheets in desperate pursuit of improving my musicianship. I've always wanted to reach a level where can arrange and ...
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Why does tuxguitar sound bad and what can be done about it?

I've used TuxGuitar for a while now and it's good enough for a free product. However, I recently downloaded the most recent version and noticed that when I play what I've typed into the TAB the ...
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How do you quote foreign motives in a composition?

This seems like it should be straightforward, but I don't know how to do it, so it's not for me at least. At the timestamp I provide in this song, the Animaniacs' Presidents Song, there is a quote ...
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How is D7 functioning here? Applied chord both kind of does and doesn't fit

I am composing this Adagio piece in E Minor and there’s one chord in the starting chord progression that I can’t seem to figure out the function of, that being D7. It seems on listening to be an ...
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How to choose chords for chromatic melody?

I've been listening to a lot of impressionistic and avant-garde jazz music lately. When choosing chords in a tonal, diatonic concept, the formula is somewhat clear to me. If it's a note in the scale, ...
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How to compose better chromatic harmony

I've been composing for a couple of years and I have a pretty good understanding of how to choose chords for melody in a diatonic context. However, when I try to introduce some quirky elements to my ...
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How do I know what notes I'm allowed to play? [duplicate]

I have a rough idea but I'm a beginner and I want to get some pointers. If I play a chord, how do I know what notes I can play on top of them that will sound good. I'm thinking any that is part of the ...
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What would you call these song sections between the Verse and the Pre-Chorus?

I have attempted to identify the sections of this song, but I am not sure what to call the section between the Verse and the Pre-Chorus. I have labelled it as the Refrain. Is this correct? [Verse] I ...
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I need Help with this scale!

I composed a piece of music (more like a few renditions of a theme) that I sat down to transcribe, but it doesn't seem to fit into any scale! (I haven't looked at Japanese scales yet) Bear in mind ...
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Analysis of a difficult piece of music without access to the score [closed]

I'm aware that this question is long and contains many sub-questions, but I hope it is fine the way it is at the moment. Lately I've started becoming more interested in analyzing musical scores in ...
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How do I make a Rallentando/Ritardando in Guitar Pro 7.5?

I'd like to slow down the tempo at the end of my song - how can I achieve this in Guitar Pro 7.5?
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Do classical-music performers use editions other than urtext to prepare?

Do any performer of classical music use printed editions of classical works (I mean those that published during the composer's lifetime) other than urtext editions for performing. If this is true, can ...
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3:2 polymeter in a single 6/4 time signature, which accent pattern would be which meter?

I've noticed that 6 allows me to have a 3:2 polymeter in a single time signature. I've thought of perhaps doing it for the Saturn movement of my Planets Suite, where some instruments have a 3/4 ...
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How do I use augmented chords in my progressions? [duplicate]

Structurally speaking, an augmented chord is the product of stacked major 3rds. So the chord G Aug (G+) uses the notes G-B-D#. I'm well aware that this chord might occur naturally in a minor (key) ...
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Do first violins go first even in repeating parts

During a feedback session on one of my compositions I was told that the first violins always get the first/more/better/complex notes and themes than the second violins. Even if it means that you would ...
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Can I play an arpeggio of the first chord of the scale over this chord progression?

I am writing a music piece in E minor using the chord progression Em-C-Bm-G. I independently wrote an arpeggio in the chord e minor (together with some passing notes) and I want to add this arpeggio ...
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Love Shack Chorus Chord Progression

I've seen this chord progression pop up verbatim in a few songs I've been learning recently. It's (in a major key) I - bIII - IV - bVI then back to the tonic. My question is: is there a name for this ...
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Questions on Fundamentals of Musical Composition by Arnold Schoenberg

I am reading this book and I need help to understand this line on page 4 (Construction of themes): "Nearly always the phrase crosses the metrical subdivisions, rather than filling the measures ...
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How do you decide what kind of rhythm/time signature to use?

What would make you want to use 4/4 time compared to 3/4 time? Or 6/8 time over 3/4 time? I'm starting to get a grip on understanding different rhythms and how to read them etc. but I want to ...
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Experienced Music Organization to Partner for Competition using Animal Sounds? [closed]

I am part of a scientific organization that uses animal sounds to study animals & their environments. In an effort to share our science with a wider audience, we were interested in hosting a US ...
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What properties make this piece sounds good?

Those two bars catch my attention and I started analysing what is making it to sound so unique and pleasant. And I want to extract from it the universal bricks for the relations of music components. (...
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Advice re: Music Composition Competition [closed]

I am part of a scientific organization that uses animal sounds to study animals & their environments. In an effort to share our science with a wider audience, we were interested in hosting a ...
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How was “Last Train Home” composed? [closed]

I'm interested in learning how this song is composed. Specifically I'm interested in understanding how such a song could be created from scratch. Typically what I've been told is that most music first ...
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Why isn't microtonal music more often used in soundtracks?

Film and video game music has a clear goal, to provoke emotional responses coherent with the message of the corresponding scene. Because there are so many films, most receiving their own scores, there ...
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Where should I put the bass clef? Before or after the repeat sign?

So I'm in the middle of writing the second movement of a duo sonata for Violin and Cello and the cello goes into the tenor register for a decent amount of time, thus me writing the tenor clef. But ...
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Did Nicolas Gombert compose a clean change of note or slides as endings in his motets?

A member of the Facebook group Barbershop Harmony said that in live performances of Gombert motets, the Bass will randomly drop an octave on the last chord, within one syllable, whilst the other ...
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Which is the best search engine to check if my musical work is original or has semblances to other pieces? [closed]

I am trying to see if I could make a new carol song for Christmas celebrations in my school. I am composing it on LMMS, and hence I require some search engine or stuff like that to make sure that the ...
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Can I use two minor scales in the same song? [duplicate]

I've been composing a song, using the chord progression Am - G#° - Dm7/A - E (i - VII - iv - V), that is using the Harmonic minor scale. The song has some melodies, that appear in different parts. The ...
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How do I add drums to an already written rap?

I spent a lot of my free time over the last year working on a diss track and practicing so I can rap at a decent pace, and I'd like to actually record it at some point. Problem is, I'm struggling to ...
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Can a “divertimento” refer to a piece for just two instruments? (Piano and flute)

I am writing a piece for flute and piano and was going to call it divertimento. It is only a short 2-minute composition - apparently, divertimento/divertissement refers to a light chamber work. Does a ...
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How do composers compose?

I am (mostly) a programmer, so I usually understand complex things. What I find difficult is to understand the work of a (music) composer. He needs to write the exact "songs" of each ...
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Does Mozart use music theory, and if so, what type of music theory? [closed]

I have heard various people argue that we are taking rules in music theory too seriously these days, often taking them as strict rules (such as the use of V-I cadences to end pieces), while earlier ...
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What exactly counts as writing for “electronics”?

What does "writing for electronics" mean? For example, when a call for scores is asking for a piece for electronics, or for another instrument and electronics, what exactly is it asking for? ...
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Balancing audio frequency bands and instrument volumes for consistent audio quality in highly variable environments, software, and hardware?

I use GarageBand to write music but in theory this question could apply to any composition and recording workflow. A problem I often run into is that different audio players seem to have their own &...
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What is the difference between a duet and a duo?

I wrote a peice for piano and flute but I don't know if it should be called duet or duo. I see that duet is when the players have equal importance but that is not necessarily the case fo my ...
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Prerequisites of Composing [closed]

I have got very limited practice and music theory knowledge and I would like to start composing some rock music but I wonder what are approaches for it. Should I first learn music theory clearly or Is ...
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How do you compose specific themes? [closed]

I like to sometimes compose my own songs by just hitting keys on the piano until a tune comes out, then making similar notes to lengthen the song. But the tunes I get are not that good, and for some ...
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Are there generally accepted/expected practices for writing program notes for your own compositions?

Whenever I need to write program notes for a call for scores, I am not quite sure what the proper format for them is. Should I write it in first person or third person? Should program notes I write ...
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Fractional phrase length in Chopin's Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1

The main subject in Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 consists of two phrases that each begin with "B A# G# F# D#". However, they are not aligned relative to the barline, because it seems that ...
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How to practice hearing what other people hear and techniques to detect I'm diverging

I'm not hearing sound objectively. For example when I produce music, even after the final mixdown, I think my brain is actually adding things that aren't objectively there. Not entire instruments and ...
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Beginner needs help with simple modulation from Em to Am

Im new to modulation and need help. Struggling with something I feel is very simple for more experienced people. Im having fun with a song in Am, but want to modulate to Em for fun as practice. Ive ...
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Do I need to go to music school to become a good composer?

I love music. I play the piano and know the basics of orchestration. I also know how to manage the computer programs required to make music. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) I have many other interests....
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How is Db major functioning here? Subdominant Prolongation? Some kind of Dominant?

While improvising for a piece in Eb major, I came across an interesting progression. Eb -> Ab -> Db -> Eb But something that I couldn't figure out was the function of the Db. Here is the ...

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