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  1. That's a really big question... One of the biggest problems I have is writing down the chords that I can hear in my head. I have a basic to good understanding of chords (maj, min, aug, dim, secondary dominants, and sevenths), but I would like to take my knowledge farther so I can incorporate more into my music. In classical (or modern orchestral, film music, etc.) you hear amazing chords and progressions that have some dissonance to them, but almost in a pleasant way, or sometimes they even sound horrifying. I can write great sounding melodies, and I can hear the background parts in my head but I can never get them down. I guess what I'm asking is, how do you write harmony that supports the melody, and how do you go about doing it (ie. write the chords first, then find a melody that works, vice-versa, etc.)? Hopefully that isn't too vague, let me know if you need more clarification. :)
  2. Thanks for the ideas :). I think I actually like the idea of a physical sketch on paper, that'll probably help a lot. Thanks again!
  3. If you're planning on writing a long piece and actually 'narrating' something, what's the best way to lay it out ahead of time? I've tried to write a few pieces like this before but I always end up getting lost and unsure what to do next. I'm thinking if I make a draft ahead of time so I know which parts, or which instruments are coming up while I'm writing it. Would you say that's a good idea, or a bad one, and if it's a good one, what do you think would be the best way of going about it? Thanks!
  4. Oh wow, that's really neat. Thanks for the link :)
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    Ranges

    I have a question. Being a beginning composer, I'm still rather unaware of each instruments' ranges. If anyone has a chart/link to a website/etc. that says what the extreme and effective ranges of each instrument are it would be very helpful. I'm just talking about instruments common to orchestras and concert bands, no really exotic instruments (as I'm not even completely comfortable writing for common ones quite yet). Oh, one more thing. In terms of writing for percussion, how do you notate different types of hits and such (timp rolls, snare rolls, cymbal swells, straight hits, etc.)? Thanks!
  6. Actually I'm using Noteworthy Composer (demo version) because I can't afford Finale (which the demo version is only an um.. 30 day trial I think?). Although I would love to get a hold of it someday if I ever get enough free cash :D :). One last question, Bass Clarinets are in Bb right?
  7. I thought I may have done something weird along those lines, thanks a lot for the help! :)
  8. Hello everyone, I'm having a bit of a problem with key signatures and I was wondering if someone could help. If you're in D Minor: the key sig. for C instruments is one flat (just Bb) what are the key signatures for Bb, Eb, and F instruments supposed to be? I'm pretty sure it's all naturals for F instruments, just I'm not sure about Bb and Eb, would the signatures be Bb, Eb, Ab and Bb, Eb, Ab, Db respectively? I'm just wondering because I wrote a piece where the key signatures are: C instruments: Bb Bb instruments: Bb, Eb, Ab Eb instruments: Bb, Eb, Ab, Db F instruments: all natural The piece sounds great, it's just I was told that that's incorrect... Thanks for your help :P
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