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jsands

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About jsands

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 10/10/1997

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    jonnysands12@yahoo.co.uk

Profile Information

  • Biography
    An English teenager working on getting a GCSE music, intending to take the subject to university and beyond.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Ruskington, Lincolnshire, UK
  • Occupation
    None
  • Interests
    Composing and practicing music, mostly, with other hobbies coming and going as they please
  • Favorite Composers
    Chopin, Beethoven, Dvorak, as well as film composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams
  • My Compositional Styles
    Whatever: I don't think about the genre I'm composing in, I just compose until it sounds right.
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius 6 First
  • Instruments Played
    Classical guitar (grade 8) and piano (grade 4)
  1. jsands

    Stage Fright

    Thanks, pateceramics, that's really good advice! It's nice to know that other people get these problems and have solutions.
  2. jsands

    Stage Fright

    Recently I performed at two concerts, a general school one and one for some elderly folks from a local retirement home. Both times I played pieces that I have practiced, ruthlessly, for well over a year now; both times I barely managed to finish. My hands shook violently, which is an issue for a classical guitarist wrapping his left hand around a grade 8 piece, and the hand sweat was terrible. I left both concerts feeling shaken and utterly miserable, and my butchering of both pieces in front of audiences has somewhat undermined my confidence. In short, I suffered from stage fright, and quite badly. I was just wondering if anyone else here suffers from a problem like this, and whether they have any personal tips for coping during a performance. I was kinda hoping to do more concerts to considerably larger groups of people in future, so any support and advice would be much appreciated!
  3. Hi! I'm back! I've added two pieces for your consideration, so if you have time check them out and give some feedback.

  4. Oh yeah, I have a blog now, http://angstatheismarpeggios.wordpress.com/ Also working on the music for my school's upcoming rendition of 'Julius Caesar'. Should be pretty cool.

  5. Development hates me, and I hate it. Same goes for form. Also, making it mean something: I know it's easier once you have experience and know lot's about composing, but I find it difficult to express myself in compositions or give them any purpose. I just like to write cool stuff, which is why I want to compose for film when I'm older.
  6. To actually finish a bloody piece of music, instead of constantly creating 25 second stubs!
  7. Coffee ice cream before bed is not wise. Well, since I haven't submitted anything in a while, here's an unfinished piece that I have been working on on and off for a few months: http://www.youngcomposers.com/music/3426/crossing-wasteland-unfinished/

  8. There's something sweet about thinking about Music GCSE and flicking through this site full of great classical music and such, while at the same time listening to ZZ Top. I'll admit it, I like composing that style of music, but when it comes to listening it can only be rock and roll.

    1. Kazantu

      Kazantu

      Combine both, do symphonic rock :D

  9. There's something sweet about thinking about Music GCSE and flicking through this site full of great classical music and such, while at the same time listening to ZZ Top. I'll admit it, I like composing that style of music, but when it comes to listening it can only be rock and roll.

  10. Filmed a music video for the song 'Hot Dust' with my fellow band members.What larks!

  11. Typical. I starting writing a piece for this month's competition, and, having taking into account my failures in the previous competition, it sounds really good so far. It's also the longest piece I've ever written already, and it's not done! But I've got other commitments over the next few days, and then my holiday goes over the submission time. Ug.

    1. Austenite

      Austenite

      Stop sleeping ;) ...

  12. For classical guitar, probably the Suite Espanol by Isaac Albeniz, especially Sevilla. Originally for piano, but it's a lot better on guitar. Good example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfRLMopjDKA
  13. Hi! So, having passed my three seperate music exams, I have got the Grade 6 music theory booklet. Harmony, sweet, sweet harmony!

  14. I'm afraid I'll have to join Piano18 in quitting, but only because I have another project in the works that I'd rather give my time to. .
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