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Introduce yourself!

You might know me better by my second account... EthanHarris
Anyway,

I am a cello player of 5 years and I LOOOOVVVVEEEE music. I am obsessed and I recently have taken up music theory and composition as a hobby. I am also trying to teach myself guitar, Piano, and any other random instrument i stumble upon. 

What's Your Favorite John Denver Song?

Take Me Home, Country Roads
Rocky Mountain High
Calypso
Mother Nature's Son (Remastered)
Annie's Song
Grandma's Feather Bed
The Eagle and The Hawk
Wild Montana Skies
Wild Flowers in a Mason Jar
Sunshine On My Shoulders
Eagles and Horses
Sing Australia
Homegrown Tomatoes
The Harder They Fall
The Cowboy and the Lady
Druthers
Pickin' The Sun Down
Downhill Stuff (Remastered)
Around and Around
Paradise
Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)
I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado
Today
Toledo
For Baby (For Bobbie)
Windsong
Darcy Farrow
Looking For Space
Forest Lawn
Shanghai Breezes
I Want to Live
Whispering Jesse
Catch Another Butterfly
High, Wide, and Handsome
Starwood in Aspen
It Amazes Me
Daydreams
Fire and Rain
Let It Be
This Old Guitar
Cool an' Green an' Shady
Wrangle Mountain Song
Johnny B. Good (Remastered)
Alaska and Me
Islands
Steel Rails
On the Wings of an Eagle
River
Rita Ballou
Dance Little Jean
Nobody Can Take My Dreams From Me
The Gold and Beyond
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
Spirit
Everyday (Remastered)
Anthem
Leaving On A Jet Plane
On The Road
Thank God I'm a Country Boy
It's Up To You
Amazon
Follow Me
Foxfire Suite
Tenderly Calling
Late Nite Radio
Love is Everywhere
Earth Day Every Day
Never a Doubt
The Flower That Shattered The Stone
Stonehaven Sunset
The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel
Come and Let Me Look Into Your Eyes

and much, MUCH more. XD

Admins (UPDATED!!! PLEASE READ)

Hey All,
I've realized that I'm never one, partly because my cousins keep me moving! (THX, Burggraafs! :D). So I thought I'd select some new admins. I'll only select a few, so let me know ASAP.
Thanks
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Woodwind balance

I am seeking advice from ensemble players and/or anyone reasonably experienced with scoring for winds, especially if you have a background in chamber music.

I compose and arrange for piano, strings, and guitar, but I am hoping to expand my horizon and beginning to look into orchestration in general.

I own a grand flute and have a basic understanding of what it can do and how it will sound not as MIDI but in real life. What it can cut through, and what it will only ever-so-slightly color.

By extension albeit to a lesser extent I can claim the same for the piccolo.

However, I have zero experience writing for oboe, clarinet, or bassoon.

The following piece is my very first attempt at balancing all five woodwinds mentioned above, and not just against one another but against five string instruments as well.

https://musescore.com/user/27897310/scores/5545711

Owing to complete inexperience, at first I tried to tackle this by thinking in terms of flute and string quartet, and treating the rest of the players as supporting cast. I have no idea if that's the wisest thing to do, but that's what I know. So it starts off tame and only gradually grows more confident.

The piece is tonal and requires no virtuosity from any of the players. I am not concerned with what's playable and what isn't. I am concerned with balance, texture, and color. 

So if the individual parts are unremarkable that's a good thing. My focus is on making them come together to form a cohesive whole. Not on pushing the envelope, but on acquiring an understanding of the basics. There's no point in writing the next Rite of Spring if you can't even orchestrate two bars of a simple waltz.

In brief, I have no idea how any of this will sound on actual instruments, what to look out for, and what not to worry about. 

So if something jumps out at you as an experienced ensemble player, by all means do let me know. 

If nothing does, all the better.

The runtime is six minutes. 

Thank you in advance.


Alex.

How to be heard over the rest of my band?

So im in marching band and I'm the only flute out of 16 hornline, mostly brass...

I keep trying to play louder but it always goes up an octave or makes an awful screeching noise. Even though I have been playing for about two years, I've never found a solution to the problem.  I was wondering if any of you could give me some tips on how to play louder but still sound decent during competitions.