horror stories

So if you're anything like me, you get REALLY NERVOUS for recitals/festivals/exams or just playing in front of people in general. The sad thing for me is that I screw up a lot in these situations too, which isn't the best thing in the world.

So I was at a recital last December and I was playing the first movement of Beethoven's Pathetique sonata. My teacher had actually handed out BALLOTS so people could vote on their favourite elementary, intermediate, and advanced player. Well, lucky for me (not really), I was the last of the advanced students (also the last player in the entire recital of 30 people). Most of the other advanced students did really well, but when I went up, I (very) noticeably screwed up at LEAST ten times and also nearly crashed due to a memory glitch. The funny part? I freaking WON. I still can't believe that I got more votes than all the other students who definitely deserved it more than I did. My teacher called me up and handed me a trophy (which was actually pretty fancy-looking) with that look on her face. It was just hilarious, but also so embarrassing.

If you've had a similar horror story, please share it here!!! It'll be nice to know I'm not the only one who screws up like this. Thanks!! :D

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a year ago
1

Closing in on 100th follower

Okay, here's the deal. I've got 96 followers right now. That's getting close to a milestone.

Click on my name and then click the Follow button, and if there are 100 of you by the time I get up tomorrow morning, I'll post a special thank-you song for you all.

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2 years ago
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Synesthesia

Hey guys, if you have synesthesia, do you associate scale degrees or notes with colours?
You may have noticed that I've uploaded a piece called "Rainbow". In it, I've made a theme that creates a rainbow inside my head. So the notes of this theme are G (red), F(orange), A (yellow), D (green), and E (blue). I don't associate any note with purple.
I would also love to see what your "rainbow theme" is!!! If you compose a piece using it, please tag it #SynesthesiaRainbow so we can all see everyone's different rainbow pieces by clicking on the tag. Remember, this is not word painting; it's something that triggers your synesthesia to perceive a rainbow.
Here's the link to my rainbow piece : https://musescore.com/rebeccayang/no-14-rainbow
Thanks!!! :D

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a year ago
0

RCM group

Hey, if there's anyone here that studies music with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, I've got a group for you!! Because we play the same pieces, we can discuss them here. I'm currently working on ARCT piano and theory, which is really tough. So if you wanna rant about that then please do so. Here's the link.
https://musescore.com/groups/rcmplayers

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a year ago
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You've probably done all these dumb things

1. When you're playing something in sonata form, you don't pay attention at the recap and you end up going back to the bridge at the exposition. But by the time you realize you made that mistake it's too late.
2. When there's that one spot in a piece you're practicing that needs just a little bit of work, so you practice it. But then it starts getting worse and worse and WORSE. Like WHYYYYYYYYY???
3. When you just simply zone out while you're playing and then when you remember that you're playing you don't know where the heck you are. So you just end up depending on muscle memory, which sometimes doesn't last very long
4. When you just can't remember how many times you did some repeat. Like you could already have repeated something five times and on the sixth time around you're like: Did I do that repeat or no? I'll just do it just in case I didn't.
5. (maybe this is just me) When you listen to a recording of yourself playing and it's the crappiest thing you've ever heard (I'm pretty sure I'm not actually THAT HORRIBLE cause I went to a festival and got second place, which wasn't as horrible as I thought I'd get). And if you and someone else play the same piece, it ALWAYS sounds better when they play it.
6. If you play in a wind ensemble or orchestra: you weren't sure when to come in so you looked at one of your section mates to check if you were right. But then they come in and you miss your entry. Or they came in the wrong place (and dragged you with them) and you two make fools of yourselves because sometimes the conductor has to stop everyone because of it. Or they were also looking at you to see where the entry was and now you're both lost
7. If you're in lessons: You've practically perfected a piece after practicing it and practicing it and PRACTICING IT at home. You run it through a few times without any mistakes. Then you play it at your lesson in front of your teacher and screw up EVERYTHING. And he/she gives you that disappointed look and tells you that you should practice more. And you're just like "okay", but inside you're like "WHY, I PRACTICED SO MUCH! IT WAS PERFECT!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! " But of course you don't tell your teacher that because you're way too embarrassed to let them know you spent so long on a piece and the final product was the crap you presented to them

So how relatable was this? Please comment below. Thanks!!

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a year ago
2

Hey guys!!

Hi everyone, I'm a fifteen year old amateur composer, and I've been writing music for about a year. Feel free to check out my music and give some tips! Anything helps, as I am pretty bad at harmony and I've never had any sort of lessons in composition.


PS: if you're wondering why you're seeing this for the fourth time, it's because I post this every time I join a new group.

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a year ago
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Hello Everyone: I've got a new Competition: ALL USERS ARE WELCOME!

Hello everyone and today I'm here to ask all of you this question. Do you like composing, do you want to compete, and do you love music? If your answer was yes to all of those questions than please, by all means, keep reading downwards.

First off, because basic users can only make 5 songs and this is a fair competition for everyone i'm going to make the requirements this:

1. A Piano Concerto
2. A Piano Etude
3. A Piano Sonata

All pieces (except the etude) must be over 3 minutes long, and the competiton starts to day, you can use pre-written songs, but I would prefer new ones. You have 1 month so get writing and enjoy thanks.

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2 years ago
1

Vote on what my 40-follower special should be

Hello, Composer Prodigies.
I just checked my profile and saw I have acquired 40 followers. I then realized that I haven't made a special for five followers or even ten followers. I was a bit compelled to make up for it at 40 followers. Yes, If I'm not overloaded with work when I hit 50 followers, I will make a 50 follower special.
Now, I titled this discussion "Vote on what my 40-follower special should be" because I was having a bit of trouble if I should make it a piano special, or a string special. I thought I'd let you all vote on that. The deadline for this vote is simply before I hit 50 followers. If I notice that it goes for more than one week without updates, I'll pick which choice is winning. If there is a tied vote, then I guess I won't do a 40-follower special.
Happy Monday!
~Elwin

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2 years ago
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What do you guys think of the new notation software?

Hello, guys, Elwin here.
I wanted to know which one of you all has used Sibelius before? I have heard around four years back that Avid laid off the Sibelius developers. I know that those developers were hired by Steinberg and are working on a software that could possibly bury Finale and Sibelius. I believe the new notation software is called Dorico. I'm wondering if anybody would try it. I actually would try it if I could afford it.
Then again, I do believe MuseScore would one day pass it as well :)

Do comment your thoughts on this.

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2 years ago
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Survey Poll for fun

Okay, for those that are familiar with Perfect Pitch and/or Relative pitch, I have a survey to conduct for entertainment purposes.
The Question, Do you have, (a) Perfect Pitch; (b) Relative Pitch; (c) Both; (d) None?
Comment your answer.
For those that are wondering what my answer is, it is A.

For those that don't know what I'm talking about, read this http://www.perfectpitch.com/perfectrelative.htm

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2 years ago
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The Clowns will be taken down soon

So yeah, I am announcing that I am going to be taking down "The Clowns" out of my uploads. It was a great piece, one of the best ones I've uploaded, however, it's time of being in my musescore inventory is over. The good news is, is that I have created a video of it, and I have uploaded it to Youtube! I have provided the link below if you desire to continue watching it. The soundfont is a better soundfont than the one that's used in the uploaded to musescore version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=499u2NUQ-C8

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2 years ago
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As soon as we get to about five members, a contest will start

So, here are the rules. You post the Links to your pieces that you've uploaded here as a reply. Then we can all review it and say what we think and all that. Then, you as a group member will have two nominations that you can use according to your own discretion. The only regulation is that you can not nominate yourself twice. One nomination for yourself is the maximum number of nominations you can give yourself.
Whoever gets the most nominations will win the contest. *I will reply "contest start" when we reach the appropriate number of members.

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2 years ago
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