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    • I wrote this on my acoustic guitar. This is a virtual instrument acoustic guitar. It’s out front at the start but soon gets kind of lost in the mix. I worked so hard at crafting the finger picking and now I can’t hardly hear it. Why am I complaining? I’m the one who covered it up! Don’t know why, but the last part reminds me of “Toy Story” with Woody and the gang sitting on the fender as the car drives into the sunset. Yes, no, maybe?    
    • Very nice piece for only having two chords. Just goes to show you, music doesn’t have to be complicated to be interesting. You pulled it off. It is indeed a dark piece and would play nicely in a suspenseful movie scene for sure. I don’t know if it’s just because I love minor 6 chords but the second of the of the two chords has an implied minor 6 in my ears... I can’t tell if it’s really in there or not. That doesn’t matter anyway because the piece works. Great build up. I really like where it becomes rhythmic with the arco? strings.. I might have my terminology wrong (is arco a sort of chop, chop on the strings?) Anyway, you’ve also made effective use of the percussion towards the end with the big cymbals along side the higher strings. Nicely done!
    • Thanks for the feedback. In some ways, I believe I have a pretty good idea in my mind of what I want the song to be like. I kind of envision it ultimately being some kind of orchestral arrangement similar to what a high school pep band would play. I also have this vague notion of lyrics that could go along with at least parts of the song, only I’ve never been committed to trying to Iron anything out. I think if lyrics were added it would be more of a pop song in that case. That is also why it has the current structure it does of basically following the verse, verse, bridge, verse, bridge ,verse pattern. I expect that if I can get around to doing some kind of orchestral arrangement, I can add more variety into it. For right now I just wanted to create something I could actually play on a piano as a baseline or starting point. And while I’m an okay piano player, I didn’t want to make things too complicated, so as not to get frustrated at not being able to play my own song very well or at all. One of the biggest hurdles I see at the moment, is I’ve never done any kind of orchestral arrangement before. I’m unsure how to decide what instrument should play what and how I can manipulate settings in the program I’m composing with (GarageBand in this case) so things sound like I want them to sound. I have found things daunting up to this point, and haven’t moved forward on it yet, hoping I could find some Internet videos that would help with this, only so far I have found very little I’ve felt was helpful.
    • First post here. Here's a piece I recently wrapped up. (Mod's, if this is the wrong sub please feel free to move)
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