Uploaded Composition for Comments.

• Oct 25, 2018 - 19:46

I uploaded a composition titled 'Idea 113 E' at musescore.com for comments, however I see none. Why is this? Did I do something wrong?
I already know it isn't very good, but don't know why and I want to make it better.
Help! Please.


You did nothing wrong. There is just a paucity of critical review at MuseScore for reasons I'm not aware of.
It is difficult to help you "make it better" if one doesn't know how much background you have and where you want to go. What type of music do you want to write? etc. How engaged to you plan to be? A career? An avocation?

Not knowing at what level you are one runs the risk of insulting you, which likely explains, in part, the few comments left by others.

I left a few comments at .com

In reply to by penne vodka

Thanks for your comments they are appreciated and will be studied.
You are correct the piece is static and I don’t like it. To me it sounds like thump a thump a thump a thump and I especially dislike that, As for it being modal I wasn’t aware I was doing that and what I desire is tone beautiful tone.
What I was trying to do was employ the music writing tips from Youtube. The tips I picked are: spacing, questions and answers, repetition, dynamics, variance in tempo, tension and released. I evidently didn’t employ them correctly.
I have no formal musical training. Over the years what I have learned has been from friends and books, playing guitar and harmonica (which I love) and more recently from the internet and youtube. Also over time I’ve been hampered by muscular dystrophy which has prevented me from doing bar chords, legatos, bends and certain strums. I’m also not naturally talented. I’m a slow study and have to put effort in it.
Despite this, I consider myself a musician. Why, you ask? Because I have in the past played my guitar for hours without an audience. I would like an audience, but I don’t to need one to encourage me to play. I like listening, however I’m not always content doing that I want to be a participant.
On rare occasions I’ve played with others with mixed results. Sometimes the chemistry was there and sometimes it wasn’t. When it was there and even when I was tired it was exhilarating.
Would I like to be a profession entertainer? No. Too much travel, too many drugs, too many fawning groupies, too many hurt friends and love ones (I’m a Christian and want to stay that way).
What I would love is to compose guitar music Isaac Albeniz, Fernando Sor, Andrew York, Francisco Tarrega and Leo Kottke and to write songs like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. John Denver, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and Rhiannon Giddens. And every once in a while write an orchestral peace featuring six and twelve strings guitars, dobros, banjos, and diatonic harmonicas.
Other instruments I like are oboes, flutes, clarinets, bassoons, French Horns, Trumpets, violins, violas, cellos, and bass fiddles.

In reply to by Lafayette

Nothing wrong with modal music. The beautiful music written for the Church during the Middle Ages and Renaissance was modal. It was during the 17th century that tonal music took over and most music since then, including the pop idioms, are written in a tonality ( = a key, which often changes, increasing musical interest.)

Music, like a novel or movie, has a beginning, a middle and an end. Most great music has the listener aware of where s/he is. Music has a syntax, like language, is a communication. Learn the tools and you'll see (hear) what I mean and you'll enjoy it more.

There is a plethora of books on music history, theory,harmony,counterpoint, structure...whatever...for you to choose from. In music, study pays off. If you keep playing you continually train your ear.

To be sure, it will take time, BUT...you will be able to notice your progress. You seem to know what you like, which is good.

Finally - analyze. Look at a piece of music. What chords were used? Figure out why the chords are laid out in the order they are. If someone tells you, you'll merely be told. If you find out for yourself, you'll KNOW.

Good luck.

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