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#1151711 - 09/01/07 07:05 PM Your opinion on my compostition
ardley Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 13
Loc: cambridge UK
Can I have your opinion on my latest compostion, I have uploaded it onto youtube.


I would like to say I have only been playing 3 years, i am self taught and have no infulences I can think of. so give me your opinion and share it if you like. \:\)

Self Taught Pianist Of 3 Years.


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#1151712 - 09/01/07 08:19 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
193866 Offline
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Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 777
Loc: Manassas,Va
Hello Ardley from UK. Sandy B here and wanting so much to hear you play your composition. For some reason I cannot bring it up. Will you try another way please? We have very high filter, long story, on entertainment... so... maybe? I love to hear new talent. Did you know guitar before or another instrument? Sandy B
Sandra M. Boletchek 08/02/06

#1151713 - 09/02/07 09:27 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
ardley Offline
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Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 13
Loc: cambridge UK
hmmm i dont see why? have you tried the link to my website in my signature?... i can't see another way of doing it sorry... but im glad to hear that you want to hear my playing!

and no.. never really wanted to play guitar.. duno why... piano just sounds beautiful \:\)

Self Taught Pianist Of 3 Years.


Listen to my music.

#1151714 - 09/03/07 07:22 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
pianoexcellence Offline
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Registered: 08/14/07
Posts: 753
Loc: Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Keep at it,

Either take theory lessons or get a harmony text. A basic working knowledge of harmonic progression will make your music a lot more interesting, and allow you to create more interesting melodies. I never got the sense of structured harmonic pacing from your playing, or any sense of traditional resolution.

Congratulations on getting this far by yourself.
Music is the surest path to excellence

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#1151715 - 09/03/07 08:21 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
pianojerome Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 9868
Originally posted by pianoexcellence:
A basic working knowledge of harmonic progression will make your music a lot more interesting, and allow you to create more interesting melodies.[/b]
It's true. I always thought that harmony meant only the left-hand chords, and that being able to write a melody and being able to write chords were completely seperate skills. They're not -- being able to write good chords helps to write better melodies, and being able to write good melodies helps to write better chords.

#1151716 - 09/05/07 09:11 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
James McFadyen Offline
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Registered: 04/23/06
Posts: 103
Loc: Manchester UK
Debussy goes eastern!

Some good sounds coming through but I echo what has already been said here; the harmony needs some shape and dimension.

It sounds like a rhapsody, almost like improvised cocktail jazz music.

Some dynamic contrasts would help the work to have a better shape. It kinda feels a bit wandering with no real direction; it's just notes rather than music.

But well done and something to keep working on!
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#1151717 - 09/05/07 09:27 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
Jimmo Offline
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Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 67
Loc: United Kingdom
The youtube description describes it as an improvisation rather than a composition (the latter normally implying some planned structure).

As an improvisation, there are definitely interesting elements - almost reminiscent of a rag (style, not bit of cloth).

On the other hand, if it was a conscious planned composition intended to sound like a spontaneous improvisation, then it's absolutely spot on \:\)

Keep it coming - always enjoyable to hear peoples creativity!
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#1151718 - 09/05/07 09:41 PM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
arpeggio4 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 15
Loc: MA
Very good for only 3 years. However, it sounds as if you are holding down the sustain pedal through the whole piece,which makes it sound a little mushy (in other words your notes are all running into each other). This was a mistake that I used to make until someone suggested I try not using the sustain pedal for a while so I could focus mainly on getting the tone quality good without having to use so much pedal. I would make sure your phrasing and pedal work is done a little more carefully to match the phrasing or measure lengths in the piece. Not doing so can make a piece sound like it doesn't harmonize well, when in fact it is the sustain running notes together that do not work well together creating a lot more dissonance.
Keep at it. I also taught myself to play and I know how hard it is and how much work it can be. Do you sight read music or play by ear? I was looking at the post on Self taught vs. lessons? Best suggestion: Practice, Practice, read, read, read, watch, listen, repeat.

#1151719 - 09/11/07 03:43 AM Re: Your opinion on my compostition
Bkek Offline
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Registered: 05/19/07
Posts: 33
Loc: Berlin
My penny's worth.
I liked most of it, I found it a little long.
If I were you, I would take out your favourite parts and reform the piece using a rhythm which compliments the melodies you have.

It is an improvisation, isn't it? Or do you have a score?

You play really well for only three years. You can't beat Hannon for finger strength. It will give you more control in tone and rhythm.
"Men have not found the words for it nor the deed nor the thought, but they have found the music." Rand


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