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Using [Basic] Counterpoint for Strings, and Starting Out

Writing for strings can be a difficult process and there are so many variables whenever you delve into writing for string players. This strategy may help with some problems, but not all problems will be fixed automatically.

Use counterpoint to help add to your melodies. Keep in mind that you need to be acquainted with counterpoint and counterpoint isn't always easy. If you need help with counterpoint, I'll give you some advice.
- Whenever you have only one line [melody], use the following intervals: Unison, major/minor seconds, Major/minor thirds, Perfect fourths/fifths (watch out and don't use fifths more than once), Major/minor sixths, Octaves or perfect eights... Notice there aren't any Dissonant or augmented values [you're allowed to write them If you don't want strict counterpoint]!
- If you have two voices and want to make each voice singable, be sure to use the following intervals: Unison, Major/minor thirds, Perfect fifths [watch out for paralles] (fourths make it harder for your singers), Major/minor sixths, and Octaves/perfect eights... Notice there aren't any Dissonant or augmented values [you're allowed to write them If you don't want strict counterpoint]!

That's all you need to know. Start with writing for solo instead of a duet. After you learned a little more about counterpoint from that; Write one (more) solo for viola. Afterwards, write a duet piece for any 2 string instruments; Follow the advice for singable voices.

NOTE: THIS ISN'T ALL THERE IS TO COUNTERPOINT IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE, GO TO THIS VIDEO SERIES ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/JcqrGLvs95M?list=PLA660D90FB432BD69. TURN UP YOUR VOLUME CAUSE IT'S A BIT SILENT.

Rag Tales album

My new album "Rag Tales" is out now. You can find it on Spotify, ITunes, Apple Music, and Google Play among others. I got started right here on Musescore when I was invited to the ragtime players group. Please check it out. I think you will enjoy it. Thank you friends. Just search for " CJ Brandt" or "Rag Tales". Thanks again

Rag Tales album

My new album "Rag Tales" is out now. You can find it on Spotify, ITunes, Apple Music, and Google Play among others. I got started right here on Musescore when I was invited to the ragtime players group. Please check it out. I think you will enjoy it. Thank you friends. Just search for " CJ Brandt" or "Rag Tales". Thanks again

Sixth edition of Sorodha Composition Competition belongs to MARIMBA

Composers!

Sixth edition of Sorodha Composition Competition belongs to MARIMBA. I will be honoured to perform five selected compositions at public concert 29th April in Antwerp, Belgium.

Apply now! The submission deadline is Friday 10th of March 2017!
More info www.sorodha.be

Good luck!

Ewelina Hajda
facebook.com/marimbalady
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Compositeurs !

La sixième édition de la compétition de composition sorodha appartient à marimba. Je serai honoré de réaliser cinq compositions sélectionnées au concert public le 29 avril à Anvers, Belgique.

S'appliquer maintenant ! La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 10 mars 2017 !
Plus d'informations www.sorodha.be

Bonne chance !

Ewelina Hajda
facebook.com/marimbalady
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The Best of Laugh Silly Each Month Contest

I'd like to try something fun in my new role as co-administrator of Laugh Silly. Each Month, I will name the best laugh-inducing, silly composition submitted during the month, at least according to me and then post the winners here.
You are also welcome to nominate what you think are the best of the month, also.

August 2016......

musical chairs competition

here is an idea for a new competition
someone will start a composition with maybe 5-10 bars and then another person will continue it for another 5-10 measures, and then the next person and so on until the game will unexpectedly end (the music stops, in other words) and the last one to enter when the music stops (as determined randomly by the one running the competition) wins.
any takers or anyone want to start a piece?

What is your pit writing process?

Over in the discussion for one of my suggested new score templates (at https://musescore.org/en/node/111531), the question of what the usual writing process for pit parts is came up. If you have some perspective, I'd like to read it.
Also, I have two templates WGI that could also be the templates for pit parts if you're in a marching band that usually writes their pit parts separately.

WGI/Marching Band percussion template feedback

in Drums!

I've made a couple templates for marching band over at https://musescore.org/en/node/111531. I was looking for your ideas on them. Specifically:
1. How did your maching band handle percussion parts? Were they written with the wind parts, or were the parts that came with the arrangement usually re-written to suit your specific ensemble?
2. For the "WGI" scores (which could also double as the percussion parts for a marching band that writes them separately), do you agree with my selection of instrumentation? It's clearly nuts to try to believe that there's any "standard" pit, but do I have good starting points for both?
Thanks!