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constructive criticism on my string trio please

Ive been playing music myself for a fair while now but never really done much composing so im giving it a go.
I play mainly clarinet, guitar and a little piano so would love to see if some people who are more familiar with strings and musical composition can give me an idea of how this first piece ive tried to write is like.
So yeh any comments would be great

thanks.

https://musescore.com/user/9450766/scores/2091476

Moving Over to Cello As Well

I started off on violin and am now primarily a violist for string instruments, and recently I rented a Cello as well. I'd like to play Cello pretty proficiently, but for some reason it seems to be painful after more than just 15 or so minutes of playing. My bow arm gets really stiff. Is there anyone out there who plays Cello? Is this just normal when starting out on Cello or is there probably something wrong with the way I'm holding the bow?

Mashup

Having trouble figuring out a tune to Mashup with Kelly Clarkson's Piece by Piece. I think probably because I was trying to Mash Up Gaga's It Could Happen To You with it. But I can't seem to make the two work together other than transitioning from one to the other. Wanted to be able to mix the two. Not even sure if the two songs work together with the themes. Anyway, anyone have an idea? Appreciate some thoughts.

Interesting Quartet Pieces

Hello!
I am an eighth grade viola player. ME and 6 other people are looking for a song to play at GMEA Solo and Ensemble this year.

If you can help me, the song:
-Must have 1st and 2nd violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Parts.
-Cannot be an arrangement of a modern tune.

Are there any other middle school students who can give us a fairly simple song to learn and master, hopefully earning us a high rating.

(We play fairly well, so don't be afraid to give us something challenging. :)


THANK YOU!!!

My string quartet - would appreciate advice

Hi all,

I recently posted my first attempt at a movement for string quartet: http://musescore.com/rpbouman/string-quartet-in-a-minor (videoscore: http://musescore.com/node/480266, youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3g0QgJarSE).

I would really appreciate comments from string instrumentalists, like

1) is it playable?
2) how hard is it?
3) is the notation (dynamics, pizzicato, arco etc) clear?
4) how does it sound? Would extra instruction be required to highlight important lines?

Thanks in advance, and kind regards

Roland

A Chance to get YOUR Music Played and Heard!

Okay, So I have a concert coming up at the end of the year and I need a solo piece, a duet piece and a trio piece ALL for Flute. Not too hard but not too easy. If they are easy, make them SOUND hard. If your piece is selected, when the piece is played, YOUR name will be announced as the composer, along with the piece's title that you feel is appropriate for it. If I choose the piece and all goes over well, you may have to write and compose a piece for a full band setting for a concert for my concert band. So PLEASE participate! It's a great way to get your name out there and have your music played and finally heard!!
Submit your piece with the title you that have selected (must be original).

The Subtitle must be one of two options:
Option 1 - "Piece for Concert"
Option 2 - "Piece for Contest"
If your piece doesn't have one of the two selected subtitle, it will not be considered.

You must also have the composers name (YOU) and the instrument name (flute for the entrance piece). It may be for solo flute, duet, trio or even a flute quartet.
Due Date for the pieces is: Friday, March 30, 2012! :)
Any questions, feel free to ask! :) Good Luck!
AND make sure you have fun and try your best!! :))

A simple method for improvising 2 and 3 part canons

in Canons

@googlekopf (http://musescore.com/user/22621) introduced me to this short but extremely insightful videoseries on youtube on how to improvise Renaissance style canons. I encourage everyone to watch them all - it will cost you less than 15 minutes and your life will be better :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n01J393WpKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJa9YDP3MU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_-OfAABHw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w664qFsO9gg

The method presented is extremely simple and the result is guaranteed not to offend the ear. It might not be beautiful but it is at least a very good start, especially since you can literally improvise it.

I just tried it out myself and with just a few minutes I got this result:

http://musescore.com/rpbouman/a-simple-3-part-canon-stb

Enjoy! And share your results as well :)

EDIT: Here's another background article that treats this method:

http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.13.19.2/mto.13.19.2.cumming.php

Music for a young band

in Brass

I am looking for some music for my young band to play at concerts and competitions.
I need 3 Cornet/Trumpet parts, 1 Euphonium part, 2 Baritone parts, 3/4 Trombone parts, 1 Tuba part and 2 Horn parts. I do not mind if their is not all the parts since i can do them myself. I just need inspiration.

Thanks! :)