Hi there fellow string instrument players,
Outside of transcription and arranging for orchestra and occasionally smaller ensembles I am also a professional violin maker and restorer.
And for that reason, I am willing to try and answer every question on the subject of violins, violas, cellos and contrabasses in regard of construction, acoustics and history.
Questions can go from: 'How best to clean my violin' to 'What's so special about old instruments and especially those by Stradivarius'.
Please take note that my mother tongue isn't english, I'll always try to utilize the correct terms and words but mistakes are bound to be made!
Hi there fellow string instrument players,
Can you recommend me some pieces for viola to play alone? Maybe J.S.Bach (please don't say Prelude suite nº1) something short, about two pages, not much difficult... I hope you found something for me! Thank you! <3
Hello. New here. Just downloaded the basic programme and rummaging around I can't find what I need so perhaps someone could kindly help.
My problem is, I have purchased sheet music for a singer which is all in Treble Clef. For me, as a cellist, it would be less hard work to play if it were rewritten and re-arranged in treble, tenor and bass clef. And here's the important bit: a mixture of those three clefs on the same page. I can't see a way of achieving this. Any ideas?
I'm a bassoon player and composer who would appreciate advice on writing for strings. Please comment some general rules and techniques for string composition. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
I really would love some feed back on these two original compositions. Please let me know if I can do anything to make these better. The pieces arn't really that hard, but if there is something as is odd, please point it out.
Thanks in advance!
I'm trying to arrange a string quartet cover of Bird Set Free by Sia and I have most of it done. I just need help with some of the parts where, in the song, Sia is just riffing and singing kind of free in the background. Her doing that makes it really dramatic and highlights the climax which is why I want to try and imitate it. But I can't figure out the notes or how to write it (the rhythms, ornamentations, etc.). So if anyone would be interested in helping me out I'd really appreciate it! Just let me know and I'll send you the piece.
What soundfont do you use? I tried many but still not happy. Thanks.
Is anyone interested in co-writing a song?
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.
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
how did I do? i am a pianist and don't normally compose for strings. its called the american suite.
We (Joseph and Hannah) have decided that every time we double in the number of followers (so right now we're at 5, so it'll be 10, 20, 40, 80, maybe throw in something for 100, 160, etc.) we will alternate posting an original composition to thank you! (It may or may not be very good. We're certainly not experts ;)
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
How can you make string instruments pizzicato?
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?
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. :)
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
Here is a list of the instruments we need in the orchestra:
Flute 1/Flute 2
Trumpet ******** (Needed Badly)
Please, If you can double on these or know others who would be willing to do them, tell them of the orchestra !
You can email me the recording at: email@example.com
Thank You Everyone !