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Tips for Transcribing/Engraving/Arranging

First things first, transcribing is the arranging a piece of music for a different instrument or voice. Music engraving is the art of drawing music notation at a high quality for the purpose of mechanical reproduction (music copying at a higher degree of skill and quality). Arranging is the adaptation of a composition for performance with instruments or voices other that those originally specified. Here are a couple of tips for those who want to become a better arranger/transcriber/engraver. 
1. Figure out what you want to arrange: Always brainstorm your ideas before you start arranging. A good strategy that I use is writing down/typing my ideas on a document. Then, listen to the song you want to arrange. This gives you an idea on how you want to format your arrangement
2. Get to know your transcribing software: After downloading your software, learn how to use it. There are many tutorials on Youtube and there's the online handbook. A good tip: don't be afraid of your computer keyboard. It's actually a huge advantage. 
3. Give credit to the original composer: You should never take someone else's music and call it your own. It's wrong and illegal. Always follow the copyright laws. That doesn't mean you can't use the music. It means you can still use another person's music while keeping all of your rights reserved. Just give that person credit.
4. Don't be afraid of UWI's: What is a UWI?? It stands for Unidentified Weird Instruments. If you don't know what the instrument is, look it up or ask your music teacher. Weird instruments like the ocarina, the kazoo, and many others actually enhance your arrangement and make it sound unique.
5. Never doubt your abilities: Always have self confidence. When you doubt yourself, you're actually hindering your abilities. The way to gain self confidence is to practice. 
I started transcribing almost two years ago. I hope these tips are helpful and I wish you good luck as you pursue this art.

Favorite WGI/DCI Shows?

What is your favorite DCI (Drum Corps International) and/or WGI (Winter Guard International) show? Mine are:
Babylon SCV 2018(DCI)
Metamorph Blue Devils 2017(DCI)
The Uninvited Pulse 2017(WGI)
We The People Vigilantes 2016 (WGI)
Hold On Vigilantes 2017 (WGI)
Drum Corpse Bride The Academy 2016(DCI)
Beast Carolina Crown 2018(DCI)
The Static Vigilantes 2019(WGI)
The Secret Zoo Monarch Independent 2019(WGI)

Synchronize YouTube Lot Videos with Scores

Not sure how many of you know about the MuseScore feature where you can synchronize a YouTube video with a score, but thought it could be pretty cool to sync up some lot videos.

Here is an example of a synchronized score: https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/drum-corp

This could take the concept of Vic Firth's "Learn the Music" to the next level. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq9eCicq8HmD80vSyIbp8w

Synchronize YouTube Videos with Scores

Not sure how many of you know about the MuseScore feature where you can synchronize a YouTube video with a score, but thought it could be pretty cool to sync up some videos.

Here is an example of a synchronized score: https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/drum-corp

This could take the concept of Vic Firth's "Learn the Music" to the next level. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCq9eCicq8HmD80vSyIbp8w

Need brass writers to help compose a marching band show!

Not too serious about this, but I'd like to make a 3 part show that's medium difficulty and fun to play, and I need help. I'm a percussion writer, and I'd like to bring a few other people on board with this. DM me on insta if you're interested @mvlchandani 

(If I do get 3 or 4 people on board and are serious about this and we actually write a good show, I have connections and I could get Box-Six to buy the show from us)

Adding Percussion instruments to another part

In my case I would like to have the Woodblocks in the Drum Part of my masterpiece. The reason is, that they should come rarely in some Fill ins and could be played by the Drummer himself.
Or in another case it would be nice, if I could have a Percussion part with Tambourine, Cow Bell, Bongos and Woodblocks.

Is this possible? And does someone know, how it could be possible?