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    "Taking Flight"

    I was trying to explain to a compostion student of mine that you don't necessarily need fancy chords to make a piece work.

    I took the basic chord sequence :
    F F/A Bb C (I Ib IV V) and made up this to demonstrate the point:

    Taking Flight.

    Of course, after the initial simple chord sequence it does go on to other chords, and there's a touch of modulation (nothing too far from F major though), but the basic point remains - simple is best.
    Another teaching point in this piece: contrasting middle section, but again don't be too adventurous in chord choice.

    Regards
    Jon Raybould

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    Jon,

    Your music is delightful, spirited and ballsy. I like it very much.

    Thanks for posting.

    Regards,

    LGA
    Larry G. Alexander
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonray
    I was trying to explain to a compostion student of mine that you don't necessarily need fancy chords to make a piece work.
    That's a point very well taken, Jon -- and it ought to be tattooed on the backside of composition students. Even a synoptic review of the literature will bring this home, too: a great many of the finest compositions ever written use very modest tonal resources.

    A very well crafted and enjoyable piece, too, Jon! Nicely produced, as well. I may hang around the long-haired side of the tracks a great deal, but I confess I find such straightforward, well-made "popular" pieces as this nothing short of delicious... lol.

    Your composition student is fortunate to have you, by the way. In my opinion, you cannot be much of a composer without first being an able craftsman.

    David
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    Is that drum kit from the Jazz band Garritan kit? I need a good drum kit.

    This piece is really cool! Great work! I like this a lot.

    -Chris

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    Very fun piece! Reminds me very much of some flying themes from various japanese RPGs. The little lighter section it goes into in the second half is very neat. Point well taken, and good piece as a result

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    Re: "Taking Flight"

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Jon,

    Your music is delightful, spirited and ballsy. I like it very much.

    Thanks for posting.

    Regards,

    LGA
    Thanks Larry - Ballsy - I like that!!!
    Cheers
    BritDude

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    Re: "Taking Flight"

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    That's a point very well taken, Jon -- and it ought to be tattooed on the backside of composition students. [-
    Interesting idea, David. I'll suggest it to my student Laura and see how she feels about it

    Seriously, thanks for the fine comments. Fair play to you - I agree - "deep and meaningful" has its place, but there's also a place for "shallow and fun"

    Jon

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    Re: "Taking Flight"

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisHurn
    Is that drum kit from the Jazz band Garritan kit? I need a good drum kit.

    This piece is really cool! Great work! I like this a lot.

    -Chris
    Thanks, Chris. Drums are actually Drum Kit From Hell. Ist edition.
    Another good set of drums is the Drum Series One from Sonic Implants. John Hawksley, on this forum, uses those a lot. And his music's the BEST.
    I actually don't have JABB. Yet.

    Other stuff used in this - Scarbee bass, Steinberg Virtual Guitarist for the guit. accompaniment. Rest is GPO.

    Thanks agin for posting.
    Regards
    Jon

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    Re: "Taking Flight"

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt Katze
    Very fun piece! Reminds me very much of some flying themes from various japanese RPGs. The little lighter section it goes into in the second half is very neat. Point well taken, and good piece as a result
    Thanks, Cobalt!!
    Cheers
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonray
    Interesting idea, David. I'll suggest it to my student Laura and see how she feels about it...
    Have you looked around lately? Women seem to have more tattoos than the grunts in the U.S. Navy... lol.

    Er, wait -- I think of you're "PC" about it, they call that "body art", though...

    David
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