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  1. This is a really interesting conversation. I guess I never really thought about it because I'm a euphoniumist first, then a trombonist, then a tubist. Since everyone has given some great responses, I'll give my $0.002 Tuba: The tuba is the youngest and lowest brass instrument. Don't be scared of this awesome instrument. The tuba will round out the bottom end of your music so well. It can project as well be an additional foundation to your bass. Euphonium: Not a very common orchestra instrument. VERY common in band. Some people use this in when parts are written for te
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  2. Thank you both for your replies! 1) Okay. I was led to believe (by the internet) that most trumpet players would own a Bb and D trumpet. Maybe they are less common than it seems. I can easily transpose this. 2) Yes, lack of counterpoint has often been a problem in my works. I'm interested to look at how I can fit more in. Are there any particular sections that you though needed it? Thank you for your review! I did try to make some parts of this less predictable than they often are in my pieces. I'm glad to hear it worked!
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  3. Not sure what you mean here. Improvisation is composing on the fly. At the piano, there are times when a nice sequence turns up and with luck you remember it. Often it's elusive and you'll never play it the same again. Not sure how that ties in with orchestration. Occasionally an idea comes to mind and I score it (write down what it seems to sound like in my head) but it rarely stays in the same shape if I keep it. (I often touch the notes on the piano to see if things are as I hoped.) I have a reasonable ear but still like to try out harmony/sequence and things. It's got easier with daws
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  4. @jawoodruff I downloaded the Sonatina Symphony Orchestra soundfont, but it wasn't any better than the orchestral VST I have with the music program Reason (Miroslav Philharmonik Orchestra). You might have better luck, though -- and it looks like they've added some new ones since I last gave ut a shot. Let me know how it goes!
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