Top Groups

Drumset

2 discussions • 22 scores • 79 members

Discussions

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.

GROUP HISTORY

I will update this weekly

4/7/19:
1 Member
1 Discussion
Group is created today! Woohoo! *confetti and stuff falls from sky*

4/15/19:
8 Members
2 Discussions
Eek! I forgot to do this yesterday. The group is already dying, so uhh… :o
@Jaybird1 is one of the first truly active members, I told him I would give him a shoutout here, so here you go :P

4/26/19:
14 Members
3 Discussions
I haven't updated this in a while, this group is blowing up now...

4/30/19:
22 Members
5 Discussions
Holy cow, this group is blowing up. 8 members in 4 days, wow...

5/13/19:
30 Members
4 Discussions
Hmm...Starting to die again...

5/16/19
35 Members
5 Discussions
Welp...I was wrong...

5/17/19
41 Members
7 Discussions
I was very wrong, this group is really blowing up, welp

5/18/19
47 Members
7 Discussions
Again, welp

5/22/19
55 Members
8 Discussions
So I had to kick a member (Indy500) for spamming a link to an unsecure website. Sorry, but spam for no purpose is not tolerated. 

5/29/19
70 Members
11 Discussions
Okay then, I don't know what to say

5/30/19
72 Members
12 Discussions
Okay then, I started a discussion trying to get to 1k comments, and I thought it would fail. As I am writing this, Lizzapie, Mnmwert, Vash Hartman, and myself are spamming to get it to 1k. It's already at like 150 or something (every 2 minutes I refresh and I have 10+ notifications lol)

5/31/19
83 Members
14 Discussions
So this group is now closing in on 100 members, but we need more discussions!

6/1/19
95 Members
18 Discussions
Wow, 5 more members till 100! 

6/2/19
100 Members
20 Discussions
Woohoo! 100 Members!

6/8/19
113 Members
34 Discussions
This group is starting to die

6/18/19
35 Discussions
123 Members
Now the member count has capped out at around 1 member per day, BUT this is a random group, and I didn't really expect it to be this active.

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)

Percussion rewrite on my piece.

I was wondering if there are any experienced percussionist who could rewrite drumline and frontline in my dci composition. You can find the piece on my profile to see if it is somerhing that you would like to work on. Feel free to add or take away as many percussion parts as youd like. Please use the MDL snare, tenor, and bass. Message me and ill send you the file and we can work together!

Trumpet Player

in Trumpet

Hey everyone!

So, I am a trumpet player (this is my 3rd year playing) who will be starting to play in the high school marching band next year! I would love to meet a few trumpet players who are around the same age and skill level as me. If thats you, lets talk!

Does anyone have a ballad suggestion?

SO

I have had this project in the works, and have all the pieces lined up, except for a ballad, because I cannot find a ballad piece that fits the theme of this project. I will provide a link and the piece selection below for you to look up/listen to.

Theme Idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpU_yjsGkHs

Repertoire:
ThE sMiLeR - Kübler, Wunsch, Krause, de Moura, and Heidicke
In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Greig
Bird & Bela in Bb (1st Movement) - Don Sebesky
Asphalt Cocktail - John Mackey
**INSERT BALLAD HERE**
ThE sMiLeR Reprise
Dense - Univers Zero

And no, am not trying to make a Bluecoats show, even though it looks like it. These are just the best pieces that fit with this theme.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.