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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

What's happening at the moment is they're parroting your keyboard-based attempts to sound like the instrument that they play. They're not using their imagination nearly enough. I'd suggest presenting ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

The issue doesn't seem to be in the writing, it's in the translation. I guess it's stating the obvious that if the guitarists can't get it from you saying "It's reggae, a bit like this" then ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

All the previous answers offer good information and tips for getting your ideas across. I think you learning about how the other instruments function would be very useful. Guitar doesn’t always ...
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Counting in an anacrusis

Who does the count? The drummer would be best-placed for this. All it should need is 'nod, nod, fill'. I'd be worried with any band that needed two bars to grasp the timing. Bear in mind, a tight big ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

Do you intend to print a conducting score for actual performance? Then practical concerns come in. There are plenty of "study scores" with much smaller print. See Standard staff size for a ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

As far as the drummer's concerned - there's probably a plethora of rhythm settings on your keyboard. Find the closest as an example. If not, there are plenty of cheap rhythm boxes out there which are ...
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Can you learn piccolo by yourself?

Picking up the piccolo is honestly a pretty natural process for flutists - when I first started playing piccolo, I learned it on my own. After you get some familiarity with it, practice with a tuner, ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

No-one has a domestic printer that prints on A2 paper. Just imagine the score! You wouldn't be able to turn a page without it ripping. I suggest you export your A2 document score to PDF keeping the 7 ...
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Can you learn piccolo by yourself?

How are you learning flute? If you HAVE a teacher, I'm sure a few minutes of each flute lesson could be a piccolo lesson! Or if you're not taking regular lessons, but can afford to buy a piccolo, ...
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Can you learn piccolo by yourself?

Learning piccolo by yourself is like learning any other instrument by yourself: you might have a natural talent and/or be lucky enough to avoid any pitfalls. Or you might end up doing something wrong ...
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Can I use A2 (420x594 mm)size paper format for a score if absolutely needed?

First of all, yes, you can print your score on that paper. Should you? Probably not. One significant problem is that most standard music stands are not tall enough to support the score. The top ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

I would propose using a vst. Ample Guitar has a free acoustic guitar, and you can play upstrokes, alternate strokings, palm muting and so on. You just use a pc and your piano to play a simulated ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

One quibble I have with a lot of piano players is that they tend to immediately play a full arrangement on piano. If you come up with a bass part in your left hand and a guitar part in your right hand,...
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How does swapping parts affect an arrangement

If you're changing within a group of instruments, it won't matter. A trumpet playing a high C is still a high C no matter whether the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th trumpet plays it. In fact, it's common for ...
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Counting in an anacrusis

1,2 should be sufficient. But mark in the parts what you're GOING to count, and stick to it!
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Counting in an anacrusis

That’s the problem, you have a conductor! (Just kidding, not totally…) I’ve played with many big bands and few have conductors. Lead alto is in charge of cutoffs and untimed chords and if something ...
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