Week 3: Draft // Apr 5th

Welcome to Week 3! This week we focused on form, setting parameters, and drafting in aims of completing more short pieces. 

 

The assignment for this week is to blueprint (plan) our ideas into whole pieces (arch map, graphic drawing, text) and complete at least 1 rough draft.

 

Use the following format to post:

 

Things you found easy:

Things you found difficult:

More information or graphics/files of your completed assignment.

 

Congrats on making it to week 3, my fellow composers!

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    • Igornull
    • Igor.2
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Hi, Ashley.

    This week I haven´t sent my homework, but I´ve done it (at least part of it). I chose a simple 4 note motive and played with it for a couple of days.  I´ve barely had time to have a look at my fellow composers´work (awesome, by the way). The fact is that I need so much time to write. I mean, I don´t even start writing if I´m not sure I´ll have 2-3 hours for the task, wich happens only once in a while. I go nowhere with, say, half an hour. Ideas seem to take their time comming up. Any tips on this? My other question is: when do you stop rewriting if you are not happy with the final "product"?

    You are doing a wonderful job. THANK YOU.

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    • Igor I think you shouldn't prevent yourself from writing music if you enjoy doing it. I also don't have a lot of time to dedicate to it, unfortunately, so I usually sketch and work out ideas in my head while I'm doing other things, then I play or write some fragments here and there when I find good ones. Last time, for week 2, I got the idea while watching the stream, based on my previous sketch, then I wrote the motive down. I went back on Thursday evening to sketch it out, then leave it til Saturday evening to finally complete and engrave it. I was then too tired to record it, so I did the recording on Sunday morning, to give others an idea of how it sounds. About when do you stop rewriting... when you do not have enough time I guess 😂

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      • Igornull
      • Igor.2
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      Blaise Laflamme Thank you for your help, my fellow composer. HAVE FUN.

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      • Igornull
      • Igor.2
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      Marek Tabisz Thanks a lot, Marek, for sharing.

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      • Igornull
      • Igor.2
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Marek Tabisz Sorry, I placed my answer in the wrong place.  Thanks a lot, Marek, for sharing.

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      Igor don't worry! 🙂

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    • Igor thanks for sharing your thoughts! I really agree so much with what Blaise Laflamme said..it's important to be patient with ourselves and the process. Also, consider that having less time should actually help you get into the mindset of really learning how to identify what is really important and worth the precious time that you do have. think of it like high-intensity-interval-training. Doing more intense work in shorter amounts of time can really wield some great results!

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      • Igornull
      • Igor.2
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      Ashley (Ash) Lucero Thank you so much for your answer, Ashley.

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      • Debbie
      • Debbie
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      Igor I use the voice recorder on my iPhone a lot just to record a snippet of an idea I can go back to. If I don’t have a guitar near me I’ll just sing or hum something. Every little bit helps! 🙂

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      • Igornull
      • Igor.2
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      Debbie Oh, thank you for your help!

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    • Debbie really great idea! i can't even say the amount of recordings i have just like that, and how many times its been helpful to be able to go back and use past ideas in a time crunch!

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    • Marek Tabisznull
    • retired guitar teacher
    • Marek_Tabisz
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    Igor said:
    You are doing a wonderful job. THANK YOU.

    There is no doubt that Ashley and Mircea are a perfect fit in this regard 😉

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  • Hey all! Today was SO fun! Attached to this post is the Week 3 outline for our lesson. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

     

    ALSO just a reminder to start thinking of questions or topics you would like for me to answer/cover next week :) 

     

    Can't wait to hear some more music!

      • Ronnull
      • Ron.3
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      Ashley (Ash) Lucero Hi Ashley, many thanks for the great session last night and for the notes

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      Ashley (Ash) Lucero You made my fateful evening better, thank you! 🙂

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    • Marek Tabisznull
    • retired guitar teacher
    • Marek_Tabisz
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    Here is my first draft (Lullaby)

    Things I found easy: the idea appeared out of nowhere and suddenly, right away, ready in my head...

    Things I found difficult: it was difficult (and still is!) to "fine-tune" details such as individual chords and overall playability (I didn't want to write something extremely difficult, but also too easy - it's hard to balance these elements ...)

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      I would like to add that the "construction" was planned more or less like this: A - slightly atonal, B - D major and a return to A with Coda in D major

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      • Ronnull
      • Ron.3
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      Marek Tabisz Hi Marek - look forward to hearing it. I can relate to some of the difficulties - I've even considered turning what I've written so far into a duet to make it playable!

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      • Marek Tabisznull
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      • Marek_Tabisz
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      Ron now ABA has collapsed - something like ABC + Coda has done 😂 I know - playability is very easy with duet or quartet  🙂 Here is the almost finished version. I'll record it over there sometime 😉

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      Now I have a real challenge ahead - DANCE !!! It must be after a lullaby like this! And - unfortunately - I can't do it, it stresses me a lot ...

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      I do not know if it is that interesting, but I am sending you the next stage of the struggle with the matter😕

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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
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      Marek Tabisz Great work Marek! I like how the harmony is always evading or never giving the key so directly.

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      • Marek Tabisznull
      • retired guitar teacher
      • Marek_Tabisz
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      Roni Glaser I call it "traipsing and loitering" harmony 😄

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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Marek Tabisz😆

      Careful, I think you can get arrested for that!

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