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composition is not made of a giant leap from the start to half way through. It's a thousand tiny steps, modifications and backtracking. Getting personal, this is a problem that can be overcome just by … element of what I write comes out well, and then you can store it and use it later in either another composition, or as something to centre your current composition on. I believe this is how the pro's …
answered Aug 13 '13 by Alexander Troup
I think this partly depends on whether you want a synthetic sound or an acoustic/real sound. I'm not qualified yet to talk about a synthetic sound but for a real sound all you need is a microphone a …
answered Aug 23 '13 by Alexander Troup
I'm Still working on a system of categorisation at the moment. I believe it's an important skill to have and I have 2 points that I can confidently share Ditch the dross Some will disagree on the I …
answered Oct 23 '13 by Alexander Troup
Mark gave a great answer, of course suitable for concentration is a subjective thing so remember my answer is based on what works for me when I'm coding at work, or concentrating on a problem. I wo …
answered Jul 10 '13 by Alexander Troup
It refers to the batch of tracking software that would have been out at the time. It considers itself a second generation tracker probably because it's now quite old. Think of it as similar to gen …
answered Apr 16 '14 by Alexander Troup
I'm not a Drummer, but I would highly recommend investing in a copy of Guitar Pro. Most of the songs I've downloaded for guitar pro have the transcribers really putting a ton of effort into transcrip …
answered Jul 26 '13 by Alexander Troup
Ooooooh there are so many hundreds of tricks and tips that you can use. I'd refer you to my blog, but for now let me give 3 simple ideas that I love to utilise, and go to regularly. These apply to me …
answered Nov 11 '13 by Alexander Troup
I would recommend that first of all, you define 'happy', because it means many different things to different people. Here's an exercise I'd use to find out what to do in your own music Find examples …
answered Feb 19 '14 by Alexander Troup
I believe two factors are at play here: The democratisation of music The proliferation of genre The Democratisation of Music In its day, classical music was tied in to the main influence struct …
answered Mar 9 '18 by Alexander Troup
counterpoint you only need to complete up to 2 and 3 part writing before the rest becomes breezy. This is a treatise on music that beethoven hailed, and became a standard book on counterpoint(and composition
answered Oct 25 '13 by Alexander Troup
I think definitely yes, for a number of reasons. Sonically on a sonic level, different keys do make a subtle difference. It's subtle, but different keys convey a different subtle mood. Practic …
answered Feb 12 '14 by Alexander Troup
If you're going specifically from Fux's teaching he states that you should try not to have the voices cross unless both voices are heading towards each other and they absolutely have to cross to avoid …
answered Jul 10 '13 by Alexander Troup
further to the great examples above, there's a fine example of augmented chords in Eminem's 'Lose yourself' the whole chord pattern is just a minor chord, then that same chord with an augmented 5th! …
answered Oct 11 '13 by Alexander Troup
As a more general answer than the above suggestions, might I suggest investing in Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry. It's basically a huge book all about chord theory, guidelines for chord substitutions a …
answered Oct 21 '13 by Alexander Troup
Knowing when to use an accidental is a difficult question to answer, and the best I can say is Whenever you like. Whatever your musical ear tells you is acceptable for the purpose is what is allowed. …
answered Jul 10 '13 by Alexander Troup

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