It seems I'm now advertising another new group. (Well, technically, the group I'm about to advertise isn't "new," but nobody besides me has joined it yet at the time of this writing.) The Musescorer Enochulous has made a group called "Genesis Games Music Team" (link here: https://musescore.com/groups/1892176) and is looking for composers and/or other music department members to help him create and share music for some games he is planning on making. (As far as I can tell, right now he's working on one called ZeroBlade Run.) If you're interested in composing for a video game, I recommend you check it out.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
I have just created a new group called "Community Remix Competitions." In this group, you can enter contests where you have to arrange other Musescorers' music within certain restrictions. If you want to learn more, here's a link: https://musescore.com/groups/remixcomp
I notice that one of the things the musescore site does to uploaded sheet music is to extract the (starting) key signature - and it lists this information on the summary page when displaying the score.
...But I haven't found a way to search sheet music on the site based on this criteria.
For instance - to find piano sheet music in the key of D major.
Does anyone know a way to do this? (Does anybody else think this would be useful?)
Or, is anyone aware of other web resources where I can search/sort classic ragtime sheet music titles based on key signature?
Often when I am listening to ragtime for long periods of time, I tend to notice that each ragtime piece sounds a lot like the one before it. The left hand has two main chords it alternates between and the right hand continues on with the melody. Has anyone else noticed this before? The one exception that I have found would be Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf. Of course, it has the traditional left hand but he breaks up the pattern a bit and makes the song unique. I believe this was one of the contributions to making the piece a smashing hit for its time (that and a catchy tune, of course :)
I was hoping to compose something along the lines of Mr Joplin's Maple Leaf. Any ideas on that?
I'm curious if anyone has played through the various pieces in this group and can provide feedback on which ones are the most fun to play. Maple Leaf has always been my favorite Joplin rag, just because it has so many fun moments in the playing of it. In composing "Kiwi Rag" and my "Solace" I intentionally tried to make them enjoyable and interesting to play—making the hand movements fun and unique in different ways as the pieces are played (Section D in Kiwi, for example, or Section B in Solace). What are some other favorites, and do other composers in this group have that same goal of making the playing fun? What are your favorite examples?
Sorry I haven't been on for a while, but I have been doing a ton of work on my new rag coming up. I'll be making a two hands and a four hands version of it. Right now it's being written in A minor so I'm calling it the A Minor Rag, but does anyone else have something a bit more clever than that? I appreciate this group!
Jon Penman (aka Jonathan Penman)