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Writing an Instrumental
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Alveraz20
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I'm currently attempting tto write an instrumental CD that musically tells the story of Jesus last week. Starting with the triumphal entry all the eat to Him going to heaven. I'be written for lack of a better term what I call a theme that I call the Apostles Theme. Basically I'm going to play Devon several songs and every time you hear it you know there is at least one apostle present hweever it sometimes will be played fast or slowwe depending on the mood. Ok now that you have a little backgrounNewhart in having trouble with is if I'm playing the lead melody how do I know what the other instruments should play? I welcome any advice. 

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I would really like to hear what you have done so far 

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I'll try to but keep in mind I've only been playing for about a year and a half but I've been playing other instruments longer that that.

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I doubt it worked but if it did this is 2 examples of the Apostles Theme.

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Was anyone able to see it?

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I tried to download it, but it was a zero length file.   You can even see the size of the attachment on the original post - shows "0 b".    I think the upload failed.

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@Alveraz20 - upload it to Youtube and post the link here.

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Sorry it didn't work. I'll work on it some more and try to re upload it. In the mean time does anyone have any advice for writing orchestral music?

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What kind of advice are you looking for? Are you familiar with the scores and instrumentation for the type of orchestra you want to write or compose for? What program are you using for this? Finale has great templates to get started.

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I'm not using any programs (no money haha). I play other instruments so I'm familiar with chords and how noted work together. My problem is I have a general idea of what the violin is playing but I don't know how to have other instruments play with it to where it doesn't just sound like a jumbled mess. 

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MuseScore is free, and there are versions of it for Mac, Linux and Windows.  You can score the different instruments on that with standard notation and then play it back to get an idea what it sounds like and if it is fitting together the way you want. 

One tip on it if you decide to try it.. Download the manual.  Maybe even read it.  But at least have it handy for when you get tired of banging your head on your desk trying to figure out how to do stuff.  You may not actually need it, if you have enough familiarity with similar software, but it sounds like you may be starting out with such things, so I figured I'd mention it.

Not a bad bit of software at all, once you actually get used to it.

 

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Thank you sir I will try that 

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Thanks this software is awesome

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It might be worth looking into a composition course of some sort. Maybe an online course would suit you. Composing for a lot of instruments is much more complicated than a few. Have you composed anything yet?

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A little. Nothing to complicated just yet. 

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Compositions....a very fun journey.
If you have a handle on guitar or piano, you could lay down a foundation for your piece. Since this topic deals with redemption, betrayal, and hope minor chords will give life to the idea, as far as violin whatever key you prefer should probably be what the piece is written in.
When I write, the foundation is put first, than I 'll play it back for a time and than leave it alone for a bit, when it is revisited than it is decided if it goes or has to be done over or if it has a pulse, than go from there.
An important thing to keep in mind is when you play your music back, listen to it as a fan would, scrutinize it and if it survives go for it! Experimentation is key if you have the time, hope it turns out great sounds like a great idea!

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Do you have any compositions that you want to share with us Reverie? I for one have not given it much of my time. I do love to improvise and jam though.

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Sure how do I post it and where?
Bear In mind though, these compositions feature no violin, that's why I here to learn, and in time another sound can be added. My violin progression was at screeching cat, now I 'm closer to slain elephant! Jam would be an idea, if you like maybe I can make a track than the community can each have their own take on it.
Let's do it! Show me what to do!

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You can post them here. What form is it in? A PDF will work great.

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