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MDL Feedback

Hey everyone. I thought I'd drop the first post to get feedback on MDL and see how we can continue to improve.

We are currently working on MDL 1.1, which we hope to release in the next couple of days. 

In this release we are working on some minor fixes in articulations, improving templates and also adjusting the sound of individual instruments (here is an example of sound updates in progress - https://soundcloud.com/musescorelabs/mdl-11-beta-tuning-test-fluid-flavor).

I'd love to get your feedback and suggestions on any aspect of MDL you think we can improve.

MDL 1.0 Feedback

Wow. I have to say how impressed I am with MDL 1.0  When Daniel first came online talking about this project, I was skeptical. I didn't think we'd get a viable alternative to VDL for free. Yet, here we are. It's great work and a huge asset to the community.

Keep in mind, I primarily write for battery and all comments come with that lens.

First, it's very speedy to write battery parts. Tuplets get a little squirrely at times, but I'll chalk that up to learning curve on my end. Its fast enough that I find myself unreasonably annoyed with the things that aren't quite as fast.

One thing that slows me significantly is how much overlap I get with accents, articulations, dynamics and pictograms in the defaults.  I spend a lot of time moving things to where they're readable. I don't think I've changed the default settings. For example, pictograms are showing up right in the middle of the staff. Even then, I find myself deciding it's "good enough" and moving on to something else. I don't love how some of my published scores look, but it's just the way it is.

On the 'feature request' side, one thing I miss about Sib is the percussions stickings text and how it aligns to notes without additional futzing by me. With the 'staff text' in MS MDL I press a lot of space bar and caps / lower case make things not quite aligned. 

Second, audio playback is a B+ for the battery - and I'm being hyper critical. The sextuplets in particular are vastly superior to what I was getting in Sib + VDL. The flams sound great too.  However, there are times when playback creates weird phaser / wooshing sounds that just don't happen in real life. 

Finally - and I'll beat this point forever - I'm really missing the ability to dictate stickings - particularly on the snare drum - and have the audio follow. Patterns like shirley murphey's, egg beaters or even just paradiddles just don't sound quite right. They're less important on tenors and even less important on bass, but would still be nice.

All in all, it's amazing. I'm a fan and quickly becoming an evangelist for MDL. The entire team deserves praise.

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Orchestration Practice Competition RESULTS

There were a lot really close, so all of the numbers are pretty tight :D
so here they are!

First place - @lizzapie
Second place - @vesteel
Third place - @Grimes Music Press

Scores! (in order of judging)

https://musescore.com/sss5/orchestration-thing
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/lizzapie/the-minute-polka--arrangement
SCORE - 20 (1st)
https://musescore.com/owlman142/the-minute-polka
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/4999455
SCORE - 18 (3rd)
https://musescore.com/fabian01/the-minute-polka---orchestration-of-robin-m-butlers-the-minute-polka-for-piano-solo
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/johnwd/robin-m-butler-minute-p-o-l-k-a---orchestrationarrangement-by-john-donaldson
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/user/24959521/scores/5005494
SCORE - 15
https://musescore.com/vesteel/butletminutepolkavesteelorchestra
SCORE - 19 (2nd)
https://musescore.com/user/26997940/scores/5010382
SCORE - 16
https://musescore.com/jmusic1600/robin-m-butler---the-minute-polka-for-orchestra-arr-jacob-evarts-hq-audio
SCORE - 17
https://musescore.com/rookwizard/minutepolka
SCORE - 16


Thank you all! be sure to watch for a summer original competition! :D

*I did average out a little bit the scoring of the scores, so some scores scored higher in caparison to others than what is written, but they all had some really great ideas!!*

I’m updating “Shorts for Trombone” and need suggestions for songs to add

You may have seen my “Shorts for Trombone.” It is by far my most popular score, probably because it pops up if you search  for a lot of popular music. It has not been updated in a while and I would like to add a whole bunch of new excerpts to it. If you have any suggestions, comment them below and I will add pretty much anything.  
I am also interested in creating versions of my shorts for concert pitch treble, Eb treble, F treble, and Bb treble, and a version in bass clef an octave lower than the current version so that more people can play my shorts. I am not pro, so those would be something you would have to ask for.

Here’s the score: https://musescore.com/user/2878026/scores/2800021

List of uploaded Big Band Scores

Artie Shaw - Begin The Beguine https://musescore.com/user/15949686/scores/4838425
Artie Shaw - Moonglow https://musescore.com/user/28533401/scores/5157250
Benny Goodman - Bugle Call Rag https://musescore.com/user/27675080/scores/5013328
Benny Goodman - Don't Be That Way https://musescore.com/user/28203240/scores/5040076
Benny Goodman - King Porter Stomp https://musescore.com/user/15949686/scores/4888735
Benny Goodman - Let's Dance https://musescore.com/user/28203240/scores/5056650
Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing https://musescore.com/firefly_1026/scores/4488746
Benny Goodman - Stompin' At The Savoy https://musescore.com/user/27675080/scores/4978025
Bob Crosby - March of The Bobcats https://musescore.com/user/30820781/scores/5384690
Bob Crosby - Muskrat Ramble https://musescore.com/user/30998215/scores/5652370
Charlie Barnet - Cherokee https://musescore.com/user/28533401/scores/5375044
Charlie Barnet - Skyliner https://musescore.com/user/28533401/scores/5152338
Count Basie - 920 Special https://musescore.com/user/30998215/scores/5429209
Count Basie - One O'Clock Jump https://musescore.com/user/27675080/scores/5015851
Count Basie - Swinging The Blues https://musescore.com/user/30820781/scores/5402187
Count Basie - Topsy https://musescore.com/user/30998215/scores/5469141
Duke Ellington - Cotton Tail https://musescore.com/user/30998215/scores/5625439
Duke Ellington - Don't Get Around Much Anymore https://musescore.com/user/28203240/scores/5036429
Duke Ellington - Perdido  https://musescore.com/user/32889124/scores/5685436
Duke Ellington - Take The A Train https://musescore.com/firefly_1026/scores/4798345
Fletcher Henderson - Christopher Columbus https://musescore.com/user/30998215/scores/5403489
Glenn Miller - A String Of Pearls https://musescore.com/firefly_1026/scores/4069741
Glenn Miller - American Patrol https://musescore.com/firefly_1026/scores/4827801
Glenn Miller - Chattanooga Choo Choo https://musescore.com/user/27675080/scores/4990560
Glenn Miller - In The Mood https://musescore.com/user/15949686/scores/4834474
Glenn Miller - Little Brown Jug https://musescore.com/user/28203240/scores/5018623
Glenn Miller - Moonlight Serenade https://musescore.com/user/27675080/scores/4908130
Glenn Miller - Song Of The Volga Boatmen https://musescore.com/user/15949686/scores/4835592
Glenn Miller - Tuxedo Junction https://musescore.com/user/28533401/scores/5066591
Harry James - Ciribiribin https://musescore.com/user/30820781/scores/5389157
Harry James - You Made Me Love You https://musescore.com/user/30820781/scores/5380116
Tommy Dorsey - I'm Getting Sentimental Over You https://musescore.com/user/28533401/scores/5164668
Tommy Dorsey - Opus One https://musescore.com/user/30820781/scores/5383955
Tommy Dorsey - On The Sunny Side Of The Street https://musescore.com/user/15949686/scores/4882152
Tommy Dorsey - Song Of India https://musescore.com/user/28203240/scores/5055557

Orchestration Practice Competition!!

Well I decided to do a competition here in the spring while waiting for the summer competition :D

RULES!

you must do an arrangement of this polka type piece -
( https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/the-minute-polka )
using this template -
( https://musescore.com/robin_m_butler/the-minute-polka-template )

You must be creative! this competition is all about being creative with the colors in the orchestra, the winning score will be judged on usages of color and creativity! :D

Deadline: Must submit before April 1st. (unless not enough entries have been made, then I will change it to May 1st)

Have fun Everyone! :D

(put links to your arrangements down below!)

And once the submissions are closed, I will post a score with my own Orchestration :D

For those of you who wanted to do the Competition (ANNOUNCEMENT)

Sorry all, not enough people entered, and it's the day before February, so I regret that I will now end this because not enough entries wee given. :(

But... I am thinking I will do another competition for the summer. and it will be nature themed, so stay tuned for that!! :D

(and that competition will be for any type of ensemble. I might do a prize, but we will see :D)