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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

As the saying goes ‘immature talents borrow; mature ones steal’. When I write songs I normally start with chord changes and try to sing something over them, but this often results in uninteresting ...
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How do I make microtonal music less jarring? [closed]

I'm a beginner at composing with microtones. I understand that microtonal music is going to be jarring for most people because it is so different compared to 12-tet music. My current strategy is to ...
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Working on writing a fugue exposition

I am trying to write a fugue exposition in F minor with 3 voices. However, I don't succeed in rewriting the counter-subject in the tonic key. More generally, I was wondering what are the main issues ...
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Is it possible to write a song “pitch first” or “key first”?

I believe there are 3 possible main elements to a song (not minding dynamics, articulation etc): The Type of Sounds + their order & The Amount of Sounds (Vowels, Consonants & Syllables & ...
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What makes a melody the “main melody” of a song?

A melody cannot exist with just one note, it requires 2 which implies that more change could be the biggest factor in making a melody the center of a composition. I am essentially making the ...
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Why don't musicians get bored of listening to their own song dozens of times over while composing and refining it?

I am not a composer, and I am sorry if the question seems overly daft or obvious. When a composer (I have in mind someone working on a DAW) is composing their own song, why don't they get tired of ...
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Can a Harp Play This Melody?

I feel as though this is likely possible, and just rather difficult, but as someone who hasn't ever played one, I thought it was best to reach out and check! Tried to google it but didn't have much ...
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Help reading music sheet [closed]

Could someone help me explain this music sheet of Frere Jacque? The is a Violin key, A mole on the A line and some notes. What do I habe to do with them in order to play this the correct way according ...
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How to modulate from A minor to C minor? [duplicate]

I have one bar in a film score to go from A minor to C minor and have no clue how to do it! Plese help
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How to modulate from Am to F#m?

I can't figure out what chords to use to get from Am to F#m. My modulation skills are awful, and I literally have no clue where to start. I can modulate to relative major/minor keys, but can't seem to ...
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What is covered in music GCSE?

I'm picking my GCSE options next month and I am considering music. Does anyone know what is covered in it and also what makes up the final GCSE grade?
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How hard is composing a song like ancient Greek music today?

And by this question I mean a song that sounds like an actual ancient Greek song, with ancient Greek instruments (lyre, kithara, salpinx, etc.) being used.
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What is the difference between background, middle ground, and foreground?

Is the idea of structural levels background, middle ground, and foreground only studied in schenkerian analysis? I’m still viewing the background as the simplest layer of a song, which to me would be ...
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How to achieve a similar "vibe" to this song? [closed]

I want to write a song similar to "dumb dumb" by mazie. I want to achieve a similar feel of weird, dreamy nostalgia the song has. I know a lot of this feeling comes from dissonance between ...
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How do I add another composition [closed]

For my music class, we had to make a minor melody and a major melody. For the final project, we have to put these together in ABA format, so either major-minor-major or minor-major-minor. In ...
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Is there any benefit in trying to play a song by ear?

I started playing Take Me Out To the Ball Game by ear on the piano and I find that I have been making several mistakes in knowing what note comes next. I don't know the lyrics well but I am familiar ...
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Was Bernstein's interpretation of Mahler's 9th Symphony correct?

During his fifth Norton lecture at Harvard University, Leonard Bernstein famously speculated that Mahler's ninth symphony was symbolically prophesying his own death, the death of tonality (the advent ...
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Will this section be playable by a professional pianist and a professional violinist?

So I am composing a piece for a competition, and it has a strict criteria about the song being playable. I am looking for reviews for a section in my piece for playability. The piano part , 16th notes ...
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How does swapping parts affect an arrangement

So, thinking about a typical arrangement structure, from what I know, is built from bass parts to effectively soprano ones. So within a group of instruments, let's say trumpets, you could have 4th ...
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How do I define my own style as a composer?

Much has been said about the idea of a musical style. We can group composers of similar places and times together (e.g. the "Classical" style in Vienna), discuss groups of jazz musicians ...
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Why does Schoenberg think of "'semi-contrapuntal treatment' of the accompaniment" as a way of adapting a motive's melody to changes in its harmony?

Schoenberg says that the melody of a motive may be adapted to changes in the harmony "[b]y transposition," "[b]y addition of passing harmonies," or "[b]y 'semi-contrapuntal' ...
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Changing the harmony of a motive ''by additions at the end,'' according to Schoenberg

Schoenberg says that the harmony of a motive may be changed ''[b]y additions at the end'' (Fundamentals of musical composition, page 10). He cites examples 25c-i to illustrate what he means (see ...
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Can I use fast tremolo or triads on the third register?

When I compose music I always tend to avoid writing fast tremolo and chords in the low register as it can get really muddy, but where is the boundary after which I should avoid tremolos and chords? ...
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How can harmony be implied by melody [duplicate]

I'm just curious about allot of compositional techniques, and one of them is the concept of "implying" harmony because it can be useful for determining later harmonic lines for an already ...
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Why does this melody tend to be in the key of F Major rather than in the key of C Major

When composing, I generally start with C Major to be simple, but very often, I can hear that in the melody another key is suggested. Here is such an example : The melody starts by leaping to the VI ...
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How to decide between half-, quarter-, and eighth-notes when transcribing a song

I am trying to transcribe a little song and I am facing a problem: I am realising that there are several ways to write it, 2 ways to be more specific; Here are 2 images (I just wrote the first few ...
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Name of musical instruments in a bgm [closed]

What is the instruments used in this bgm
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I am unsure of what time signature to use for my piece, as I'm pretty sure it changes mid-way through

Here is my piece so far, as you can see in green, the melody is highlighted. It starts on beat one, but I need a write the repeat in a clearer way so that it starts on beat one the second time it is ...
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Is there a way for one player to have a solo but the rest of the instrument keep playing?

I'm writing a piece where there is like a bass line which is made up of all 5 string section parts (orchestra) that each have a similar rhythm, and that all together makes a cool sound. I want to add ...
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Composing for Clarinet - how many registers to use

I am starting to compose for clarinet and read that the clarinet has 3 different registers, which, it is said, are not easy to change between. Do composers only use one register or is it easily ...
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Adequate chord progression for an intimate "bolero"-"jazz" song?

I am trying to compose an intimate song to be played by an acoustic guitar (and a piano at most) related to the genre of "bolero" or "jazz", perhaps with traces of "fado"....
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Rationale behind the modulations in Alice Cooper's Poison

I was playing along to Poison and noticed a curious chord progression: [Verse] (in Dm) i VI III VII Dm Bb F C Your cruel, device, Your blood, like ...
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Beginner at composing - Harmonising a melody in imitation of Mozart's Klavierstück KV 33B

TL, DR : I don't know how to harmonize this melody (explained below) and need help deblocking (questions at bottom) I have been learning violin for a few years now and I wanted to learn how to compose ...
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What is the proper study of composition and arrangement?

I have been composing and arranging on my own for about 10 months now, i am confident that they sound good but i am not sure, how good, how to make them better and if taking the proper course will ...
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Trombone choir and French Horn choir

I’m interested in combining two instrumental groups: a trombone choir and a French horn choir. There seems to be a lot of compositions for either trombone choir, or for French horn choir, but not for ...
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What is a "Bb Tenor"

I was overlooking Peter Tschaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and I came across one of the parts being the 1st and 2nd Tenors. May I add that there are already 1st and 2nd Alto Horns, so what is this ...
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What is the breakdown at the end of shows called?

I have found that towards the end of rock shows the song ends and then there is some amount of random noise produced before the show ends. Usually, it is when the singer says goodnight and goodbye to ...
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Why the terms "GERMAN double fugue", employed twice in Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, and ITALIAN triple fugue (Bach's "St. Anne" p. & fugue)?

In the Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, the composer sets the words, "Der Gerechten Seelen sind im Gottes Hand, und keine Qual ruhret sie an" as a German double fugue, with 2 completely ...
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Why is the solo/featured instrument in so many Baroque-era concerti silent during the slow movement?

Is the reason the soloist is often silent during a Baroque-era concerto simply to provide a break from all the virtuosity often required within the outer movements? Or is it to allow a string soloist ...
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If there is a double sharp on a note, does that mean the piece has modulated?

I'm currently writing a 32-bar free composition for my music exam coming up soon (I'm allowed to get help and advice on it, so this isn't cheating lol). It's in F# major and I'd like to modulate to D# ...
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Is there a compositional term for an introductory variation on a larger theme?

I’ve noticed that in some music spaces, specifically entertainment and gaming, composers rely heavily on character or main themes as recurring motifs. One such instance I’ve heard recently involves ...
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Can parallel perfect intervals be hidden by the use of adding more voices?

If you look at this score the arrangement adds one "voice" to the right hand chord when the voice leading gets into some forbidden parallel movement between the bass and tenor "voices&...
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Is it possible to write a phase-shifted pattern that obeys the rules of classical counterpoint?

Is it possible to write a phase-shifted pattern in the style of Minimalist phased looping on Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro that obeys all the classical counterpoint rules? Each note of the pattern will ...
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How to turn a 4-part into a 5-part chorale texture

I wrote this 5 part texture this morning only to discover that all I had done was double the tenor line an octave higher. Is this how its done? I dont see how else I am to write this without other ...
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Notating hitting cymbal with shoulder vs tip of stick

I am writing a pep band piece (although the type of piece probably makes no difference) and the snare part is going to have syncopation between hitting the marching cymbals (as if they are ride ...
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I want to learn transcribing music, where should I start? [closed]

I found a music notation app called Musescore, I fell in love with exploring it and started recreating music scores from another user's score for my practice, and also I started to learn video ...
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Genre of this Sample Library [closed]

I'm music Producer and trying to achieve this type of "samples" Music. What Genre are these "samples"? Can you recommend me some music that sounds like that? What instrument do i ...
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is this bar too fast for a piano composition? (3/4 time) How can I improve my piece? [closed]

I have only started to make new pieces and im not quite sure if this sounds nice Here is the first page...i want to make the first half should fast and ecstatic juxtaposed with the sad and slow ...
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Rule on doubling the second rather than the fourth when using ligatures

I was going through the ligatures in 4 parts exercises from Fux's Gradus. On page 133, Aloys says, "Finally, in the sixth measure of the same example the fourth is doubled, although as a rule one ...
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Examples of neutral lines

I have been reading Alan Belkin's book "Musical Composition". In the first chapter titled motifs he mentions the use of what is called "Neutral Lines" which are parts between ...
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