I'm not sure actually. They finally black balled me into joining chorus at the college (really REALLY didn't want to) so I like to think my voice (or at least my tone/control) is getting a little better. Of course, with blues I kinda just have to throw all that out of the window and sing like I'm about to drown/puke. In short...dunno.
No worries dude, I quite enjoy looking at the music and art here on ZU. It's odd, considering it's not a music or art based forum, but this is really the best place I've found online to share my work, at least as a composer.
Yea, I started arranging just to help me learn to read music faster, but now it's like a time consuming hobby if nothing else. Thanks for the compliment!
I've only listened to two of your pieces thus far: Spring for the March contest and Macabre Orchestration for the most recent one. I will say your choice of instrumentation is excellent, and the chord progressions are good too. I feel like the melodies are a little bit lacking, though. the melodies on these two pieces weren't that catchy or memorable at all. that's ok for background music or something, but when I'm sitting down to listen to these for a contest...I hate to say it, but I got a bit bored during Spring. Macabre kept my interest because of the awesome orchestration...but that's not the best thing to fall back on.
you may want to put more dissonance into your pieces. when I heard Spring, I thought a sparing use of dissonance may keep my interest better...but I could see where you were going with keeping everything happy for the theme - it still fit. a Macabre, on the other hand, kind of demands dissonance. Clocktown Day 3 theme pops in my mind as a prime example, if you need one.
I hope that helps, and that I'm not being too hard on you ^^; I think I'm a pretty hard critic.
An original piece I wrote. I wanted to write something specifically for guitar players who have played standard modern guitar (electric most likely) but wanted to pick up classical. This is a very easy piece that only uses the E, D, Am, and C chord shapes (The four that most anyone who's played a guitar for more than a week or two will probably know.) The C is the only shape that actually moves from it's roots. And the fingering pattern is also very easy, P-i-m-a-m-i throughout the song. And for anyone who doesn't know what Pima is, pretty much just roll your thumb, index, middle, and ring finger back and forth. Anyone should be able to learn this piece within a few days of first picking it up, which is the overall point really.
Also, if, by chance, someone is actually interested in learning this, then just message me and I'll be happy to lend the sheet music.
Well...I don't think it's horrible. My horn section could use some work, and I think the melody get's a little boring after a bit, but this is only my second full orchestra piece. They'll get better, I hope. Opinions welcomed.
WARNING! You may want to cut your speakers down some until the 50 sec mark. I experiment with feedback and it get's kind of high at some points. After 50 secs you can blast it though, in fact, I suggest you do.