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ben

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Hello
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:20:39 AM »
I'm a college student who is definitely an "amateur" arranger/composer. I have played trombone/baritone in ensembles over the past 10 years through school including concert band, marching band, jazz band, symphonic orchestra, and pit orchestra, and at college, so far I have participated in marching band and wind ensemble. I took a music theory class in high school that exposed me to many of the basics (probably corresponded to Theory I/II at the college level if that gives any context). On the compositional/arrangement side, I have written little motives for marching band stand music, and more to the point, I have arranged several pieces for various youth ensembles at church -- this is why some of the pieces have strange instrumentations ... they're arranged for the occasion based on who would show up. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2016, 07:24:50 AM »
Welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2016, 07:28:52 AM »
Welcome--and don't be too shy to ask questions.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 08:01:58 AM »
Welcome, Ben!

I also have very modest beginnings. (And to be honest, my current efforts still qualify for the "modest" title.)  I took one high school music theory class, and in college I took "Composing for non-music majors", which was a COMPLETE waste of time. My day job is in the insurance industry, so this is purely a hobby. Everything I've learned since then has been self-study, trial and error, and from fellow forum members.

Echoing Ron: Don't be shy! Ask lots of questions. Download the work of other forum members and listen with the score on the screen. Even if you don't "understand" the music (a common occurrence for me), you can learn by asking questions like "Why did you do _______?" or by making comments such as "I really like the section between measure X and Y" or even that you DIDN'T like a certain section. Not only do you learn from that, the composer who is receiving your comment or question is getting valuable feedback.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2016, 08:15:33 AM »
Hi Ben, welcome to the forum!:)
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 10:39:15 AM »
Welcome to the group. I look forward to your contributions.

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That means that you can look at a piece of a puzzle for three whole days, you can believe that you know all there is to know about its colouring and its shape, and be no further ahead than when you started. The only thing that counts is the ability to link this piece to other pieces...

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 01:32:16 PM »
Welcome.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
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Re: Hello
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2016, 04:14:55 PM »
Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing all of your work and learning in the process.

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2016, 07:04:51 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Ben. My wife and I lived in Harrisburg for 27+ years.

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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2016, 05:54:42 AM »
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Re: Hello
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2016, 06:04:24 AM »
Welcome Ben :)

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« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2016, 09:39:19 PM »
Hola Ben, and welcome to this forum.  I send you greetings from the tropical Panamanian Highlands. 
Hold gently the hearts of those you love. For once they are gone, you will shed a thousand tears for each one you caused and the memory of each callous moment will be your companion.   Saltamontes

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Re: Hello
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2016, 08:01:03 AM »
Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. Much to learn!