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Just got started with a composition.
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Hi!

I've been playing violin for about 4 or 5 years now and am just beginning grade 4.

I'm very interested in music theory and wish to become a songwriter one day (I also play the guitar) so I've decided to begin trying to compose stuff. Here's what I've done so far on my first ever violin composition that I threw together on MuseScore, I call it "ANGRY VIOLINS." (Sheet music attached as image). It was somewhat inspired by Chanson Boheme by Bizet, don't know if that carried through to the final piece though.

Now, I haven't tried playing it yet cause I'm not very good at...well, playing xD But I thought I'd upload it anyway to see what people think 🙂

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That's a lot of flats!

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Oh... I was going to say - post the MuseScore .mscz file - but of course you cannot ( well, you can POST it - but no-one to my best knowledge will see it... hmm ) - it's short - so I'll just transcribe it myself into MS... I cannot hear it in my head by just looking at the sheet...  I'm not "quite there" yet... LOL - I'll get back to you on this... LOL  

But it's fun to see folks creating their own stuff...  I do this kind of thing with MS as well, but more often just go to the instrument itself, to improvise and "bring a new tune to life" rather than trying to score it....   just different paths - neither better nor worse than the other, methinks...

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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Jim Dunleavy said
That's a lot of flats!

Yep. Welcome to Cb Major. Probably my least favourite key to play in. So in hindsight it was probably silly to write a piece in it but never mind haha.

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Update: I've almost finished the second line 😀 just got to finish off the second violin part which is slightly more complicated this time. Anyway, I've decided to upload it in chunks so it's easier to transcribe and each section can be critiqued on its own.

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Aaaaand here it is:

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Here's the full thing so far:

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Hate to do this but, bump. 

I've reached a slight impasse in which I don't know how to proceed so I would like some feedback soon. Thanks.

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The only way I could listen to that was to play it on the piano, as the key signature is too difficult for me on the violin (which I suspect is why you aren't getting much feedback on it so far). It sounds fine to me, though I had to imagine how it would sound on 2 violins.

I think in the last bar you meant violin 2 to return to an Ab for the last 2 beats?

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Serotonin said

Jim Dunleavy said
That's a lot of flats!

Yep. Welcome to Cb Major. Probably my least favourite key to play in. So in hindsight it was probably silly to write a piece in it but never mind haha.

Well, Cb Major is really just the Key of B right?  That would be written with 5 sharps instead of 7 flats and would be quite a bit easier for most people to grok.  Slide it all down a whole step, or better yet, up a half step and it's easier still.  
 

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It's actually in Ab minor, but the same argument applies.

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Jim Dunleavy said
It's actually in Ab minor, but the same argument applies.

Yea, I just looked at the words not the score.  Then, G# minor is an improvement, but up a half step to A minor would move it from intimidating to easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Then if for some strange reason it really needed to be played in Ab minor/G# minor, one could just tune the fiddle down a half step.  I do that with my guitars all the time, they are almost always tuned to E# rather than E, because it makes bending heavy strings easier. 
 

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Jim Dunleavy said
It's actually in Ab minor, but the same argument applies.

I realise that now, with the first phrase starting and ending on an Ab and whatnot. 

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