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TheLuigi

My first composition for E Piano, Congas, and Vibraphone

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I'm an amateur in many senses of the word—I have never composed in a professional or academic setting and have only begun learning some things about music theory this summer. I made this piece a few days ago and it's my longest composition, though still below two minutes long.

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I think it's a very good job if you started study una a few weeks ago. It's nice the contemporary language you use here. For me the conga is the "melodic" instrument... 

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This is actually really cool. The harmonies (intentional or not) are pretty well done.
For me, the piece loses steam after the first whole note a little bit; it doesn't have the same energy, even though the harmonies still remain pretty cool. It would have been a really good time to vary the structure a little bit after a bit of pause (variety is the spice of life and all that).
A lot of notational issues here;  be careful about your layers and always make sure to move your rests that the layers don't inhabit. In addition, make sure you use your dotted rhythms correctly. A lot of the time you should be using ties to make the beat of 4/4 as obvious as possible (correct beaming). If that wasn't your goal, then you need to switch your time signature. There aren't a lot of things that are strictly "right and wrong" about music, but this is definitely one of them.
I would really suggest having the congas be on a staff rather than a staff line as to differentiate your types of strokes a little bit better.
Good job, and keep it up.

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