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For questions about the creation of new music and the techniques used to do so.

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What exactly is the difference between C Ionian and D Dorian?

Both modes have the same notes. But why do they sound different. How to approach while composing a song in a particular mode as opposed to a key. Is it the harmony or the pivoting root? I read few ...
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What are the appropriate/technical approaches that professional composers do to induce creativity in music making process?

I feel like I've already been "programmed" by pop songs when creating new sound. I always enjoy simply improvising on piano but I can never break through that musicality that is "programmed" in my ...
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What are the elementary skills of composition?

I'm interested in learning music composition, but in spite of music being as old as time itself the majority of resources I've come across so far seem to suggest that a beginner learn sections of ...
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Are pieces for orchestra written mainly by pianists and keyboard players?

I'm just wondering if pieces for orchestra are/were mainly written on pianos or synthesizers. Is it just written on piano for all the instruments since on the piano it's easiest to play both harmony/...
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Solo Cello Composition: Double Stops Question

Can the G or D strings be muted by Cellist so that a double stop can be played on the G and A, or C and D strings? Would greatly appreciate a response.
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Best way to learn piano sheet music? [closed]

I've been playing piano for a little while for personal enjoyment. Due to my comfortable environment most of my knowledge of piano has come from what I've learned by ear and sight. Unfortunately, this ...
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How to find counter rhythms for vocal melodies over dominant rhythms?

Most of the music theory I have learnt/encountered was focusing on chords and notes of melodies, but not on interplay of melody and backbeat, hence I'm asking this question. We are working on a song ...
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How does one teach a subjective art form like music composition in an objective manner?

As someone who has never taken composition lessons, I've always wondered how one teaches composition without straying into the purely subjective. In other words, how does one teach composition in a ...
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Who composed “And the Waltz Goes On”? [closed]

I listened to "And the Waltz Goes On" played by Andre Rieu's orchestra a while ago, in the video Andre say it was composed by Anthony Hopkins and never have been played until he did so in Vienna, but ...
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Method to develop a key change?

I know this question may seem broad, but I am a very mathematical person, I've never had much "ear" for these things. I have a slow tempo song, about 90bpm with a VI - I - IV chord progression for a ...
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Where Xenakis used intersection?

I understood intersection in Xenakis sieve theory, as he explained himself here. But can anyone provide me a musical example from its production where he effectively used this?
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Has anyone else composed for the Mahler Hammer?

The title pretty much sums it up: Has anyone else (other than the composer for whom it's named) written music that incorporates the "Mahler Hammer™"? Some more links: Walt Martin's blog about ...
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Is there any compendium mapping chord progressions to mood and sentiments? [closed]

Came across an Android app that enlists chord progressions with a mapping to mood or sentiment that it conveys (or expected to convey, I presume to certain audience). For various reasons, I am bit ...
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How to write in counterpoint for a sonata? [closed]

So yeah, just as it sounds like, I will be composing a sonata. It will be in the style of Beethoven. The first movement will be slow and quiet mostly. Of course I will be using dissonance such as a ...
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Does a cadence cover all “punctuation marks” in a musical phrase?

If we compare it to English, then a cadence acts like a period. But what about other punctuation marks like commas, exclamation marks, questions marks, etc. Are they also called cadences?
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Determining if string instruments can play more than one note at a time

I recently started writing a string quartet recently and I want the cello to play two notes (B and C; G and A) simultaneously. How do I know if that is actually playable (not on the same string/...
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Does every phrase in music end with a cadence?

I'm just wondering if every phrase in music ends on a Cadence? Much like every sentence in English ends with a period? I am mainly talking about common music such as pop, rock, classical, traditional,...
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How to write melody in a way as it is leading to end? [duplicate]

How to write melody which not just feel like jumping towards end, ie tonic note...?
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I'm stuck in diatonic land. How do I get out?

I've been playing a lot of diatonic everything. So basically just staying in the scale as I improvise with melody/chords. I play alot of songs by ear and I notice when they use accidentals but I don't ...
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Name for ensemble of the same instrument

When arranging music, is there a commonly accepted or easy to understand name for an ensemble (be it a trio, duet, quartet, etc.) which contains all of the same instrument? For example, how could you ...
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What makes us recognize the composer of a song?

Here is the situation: I'm at a friend's house, and he plays a song in the guitar. I never heard it before, but somehow I know it's John Mayer, even though I don't like him very much (I can't even ...
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Difficulties to compose since I've stopped taking piano classes

I have been playing the piano for 7 years now, and I always loved composing. I've stopped to take piano lessons two years ago because of my studies, and since this, it's getting really difficult to ...
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I read an effects chain in a video, can someone explain what it means?

I read an effects chain in the description of this video. It said, "The stutter effect on the strings is accomplished with a hard compressor sidechained to an inaudible source." Can someone explain ...
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How do you actually learn how to compose music? [duplicate]

How do you compose a rock song like the person in the video? I've gone through all the books and video tutorials and I still don't know how to make music. I just want to make songs like the person ...
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Why using pitches that do not belongs to the key sound good in musical composition? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in composing. Few days back I was discussing with my friend about some techniques to "spice up" or make the music more interesting. We talked about Tensions and Resolve, chords, voicing,...
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How to insert tuplets in module tracker software

I've used music trackers in the past, specially ModPlug Tracker (now called OpenMPT), and I never knew how to insert tuplets. In the image above (from Wikipedia), you can see the characteristic ...
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How to create harmonic dissonance/tension?

If I'm playing in a major scale, would a harmonic dissonance be caused by going to the minor side of the chords (ii, iii, vi) or would it be created from going outside my scale? And if it's going ...
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Writing a piano part for a 4.-part choir piece

I have a 4-part choir song, with chords. Does anyone know any reference material or courses I could take about writing good piano parts? I've written them, but they tend to be too "monotone" - just ...
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How to compose a Shout Chorus

How do you compose a Shout Chorus? I don´t know how to start and I need to compose one for Wine and Roses.
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Harmony or Melody First in Composition?

I'm wondering if when composing one would start with an idea for harmony such as a chord progression, or does one start on the melody side maybe developing a melodic motif. What comes first, or maybe ...
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Is there a “fourth wall” to break in song writing or performing?

The "fourth wall" may be a concept more suited in movies, plays, video games or even literature. For instance, in a play the actors and actresses are not supposed to interact with the audience, ...
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Is anyone familiar with the term “magladize?” (sp?)

One of my former music professors used the term "magladize" (sp?) when referring to music composed in octaves but I can't find any references to it. Can anyone verify what I'm talking about including ...
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When/should I add breath marks to my woodwind/brass score?

I have two questions concerning how a composer writes breath marks in their score for brass/woodwinds: First: Is it required that the composer notate breath marks where players can/should breathe, or ...
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Did people use DAWs or Trackers first in the 90s?

I wanted to know what the average home user was using for computer based music production back in the day. I was under the impression that mainly trackers were used in the early 90s to create MODs and ...
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What is the difference between 'chorus' and 'refrain'?

I'm trying to learn something about song structure. Reading the Wikipedia article about the subject I came across two terms that looked somewhat similar: chorus and refrain. There seemed to be a ...
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Why does a Total Serialist composition sound like a random one?

Prof. Dan Román MM DMA (Hartt School of Music) from Rethink: The Abyss of Music in the 20th Century: (Paraphrased due to poor audio quality) It [a Pierre Boulez's serialist piano composition] ...
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Writing interesting accompaniment rhythms

I've noticed a lot of music by New York composers use very interesting and varied, unpredictable accompaniment patterns (syncopation, rests, variation, counter-melodies etc) for their songs (like in ...
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Industry Standard for Psychological Mapping of Emotion to Musical Keys

I have found several references to map a key to a psychological feeling or psyche archetype. Is there an industry standard for musical scoring?
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How should one start composing with a 10+ year experience as an amateur pianist? [closed]

I've been playing the piano for about 13 years, I play many different styles from classical to jazz to film music (never really attempted contemporary classical music unless that includes electronic ...
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Examples of jokes by Mozart

I’m reading a book about Mozart and the author mentioned that Mozart liked to laugh and be happy. Hence, he used to joke a lot. Three kinds of jokes are mentioned: Those that everybody would ...
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Books on composition as insightful as Goeschius [closed]

I've been a magpie for books on composition/orchestration, and it seems to me that the books written by Percy Goeschius are the best, most insightful and well-written that I've come across. Hia ...
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Parallel Fifth in a Symphony Orchestral [closed]

when writing for an orchestra can we use parallel fifth (Power Chord)? for example in game of thrones symphony for some part of string or another song for brass section because it is so powerful and ...
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Why isn't there a classical composer like Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart today?

Why there aren't composers writing in a classical style today? Why don't we hear of classical composers today like we do of Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart? My question may be strange, but I am really ...
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Why is the first inversion of a C Major Chord very rarely used on guitar even though it is easier to play?

The open C Major Chord is one of the first basic chords taught to beginning guitar students. It is also one of the most common chords I see in the music I listen to. The instruction books teaching ...
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How to induce frisson in music

Most people have at one point been listening to a song and then all of a sudden felt goosebumps or gotten chills. What are some ways, as a composer, to write music that would likely induce these ...
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How to avoid a rut when listening to the same composition hundreds of times?

Often I find myself re-listening to certain parts of a piece repeatedly when composing it, generally hundreds of times in a short time. This creates a pattern of behaviour that becomes dull and ...
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Emulating human performance in orchestral software

I recently bought Garritan Personal Orchestra and find it a great tool to get professional-sounding orchestral renders of my scores. However, I feel a certain lack of "human" playing in it, i.e., ...
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Will there come a day when there is no more available music to write?

For music, there is 12 notes, so I suppose one day every combination of notes will be used, and so there will be one day with no more music to create, because they will be all already created, am I ...
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What are the rules of Third Stream composition?

In 1961, Gunther Schuller defined Third Stream as "a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music". Schuller stated what Third Stream music is not It is not jazz with ...
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How do I compose idiomatic music for woodwinds?

I'm thinking of composing pieces for small ensembles with varied instrumentation. Typically I compose on a keyboard. How do I determine if the musician can easily play on woodwinds such as clarinet, ...