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How to Write Music - Writing a Melody
Writing melody and fitting it to chords. This lesson is about how to choose what notes to play against a chord, and the whole concept of chord tones and non-chord tones.
10. Indicating the wrong mallets for an instrument. Brass mallets on vibes? Try a hammer on a violin!
9. Writing the glockenspiel part as heard. You shouldn't have to climb a ladder of leger lines to read a glock part. Keep it in the staff.
8. When in doubt, adding more suspended cymbal. This is a huge mistake made by arrangers. Yep, cymbals add automatic intensity to a piece, but so can a bass drum roll, a rousing hand drum part, exciting mallet licks, or a hundred other combinations. Well-written percussion parts stand out in the band and church repertoire.
7. Better means more complicated, right? This is my main mistake. A percussion part can be simple enough for a middle school, but it is the ability to use the different tone colors of the percussion palette properly that indicates a maturity in writing, not that impossible part for the timpanist that has them playing timpani, gong, crash cymbals, and triangle in the span of two beats.
Experimental indie film World Order #2 originally created for the Turkey Cinema for Peace. A mix of images with the cinematic soundtrack of Sabrina Pena Young. (2003). The short film was filmed in an afternoon at my parent's home, with most special effects in-camera (ex. the "world' is really scrambled eggs with blue food coloring). Shot through glass decorative bulbs from my parent's patio. Student work.
DVD Compilation Release of Cinema for Peace 2003 Istanbul, Turkey, 2006