• Register
  • Help
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Topic: A Work in Progress. . .

  1. #1

    Red face A Work in Progress. . .

    About 9 or 10 months ago, I decided to re-explore musical composition. At that time, I grew anxious fearing that I would lose and forget compositional skills learned long, long ago. My goal, then, was to churn out several pieces via the old-fashioned method: putting pencil to blank manuscript paper. Since 9 or 10 months ago, I've written 2 and 1/5 pieces, far from the several that I hoped to write. Well, the composition that I share to you now is the "1/5th piece" (or 1/4th or 1/8th. . . ). I started writing this piece about 3 months ago. Since that time, I've worked on some business stuff, helped my mother move from Long Island, NY to "upstate" NY, and purchased a new home! This month was consumed by the process of buying the home and moving (oh my aching back!! ).

    I want to finish this piece!!!

    The basic structure is in my head. I pretty much know how I want to develop this composition. The instrumentation is set (75% of the instruments planned for this piece will be from the GPO ). All I need to do is put pencil to blank manuscript paper and write, write, write. Then, I want to record, record, record. It just hasn't been happening.

    So. . .

    I am off from work this coming Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We are all moved into our lovely new home, so I can't use that as an excuse not to write music. (Understand that I am exercising old and atrophied compositional muscles when I write music. It's a labor of love. But, until I exercise those muscles, it is still labor!!) I want to use these days JUST to finish writing and possibly record this composition.

    I've seen other musicians do this on other bulletin boards to help them finish a project. Basically, they put up a rough draft of their work and committ themselves to the group to finish their song (or recording or whatever). So, out of a strong desire NOT to find something to distract me from writing, I'm going to give this self-contractual committment to this particular thread. Here's the piece. It is no where finished. But hopefully by the middle of next week it will be done.

    A work in progress


    Music and humor are healthy for the soul.

  2. #2

    Thumbs up Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    Nice piece Ted!!!

    Go on with this piece absolutely!!!
    I don't know how to help you, but surely you are able to finish it!!

    So take your pencil and write on initiated paper!!!

    Best of luck with this piece!


  3. #3

    Thumbs up Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    Leonardo had his Gioconda (Monna Lisa) for the entire life...

    Will you keep it your Gioconda?...why not? Humor and music are healthy for the soul!

  4. #4

    Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    Ted, it is always so nice to hear GPO in a different light!

    Very nice!


  5. #5

    Unhappy Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    First, thank you for taking the time to listen to this "rough cut" piece.

    An update. . .

    (I am so embarrassed). I wrote only 16 new measures to this composition. It really is a slow process for me. And I did allow myself to get distracted rather easily (like attempting to get a new upgraded software to work correctly - I wasted time there. . . )

    So, it's not finished. But at least it is a bit more completed than 3 months ago when I first started writing this piece. I still have tonight to do more writing (which I will do). My next few days off are Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I'll be doing more writing then too.

    There are a bunch of you that seen to churn out a new composition a minute. How the heck to do you do it?!?!? (And you create great music too! )

    Oh well. . . back to the pencil to paper for me.

    Music and humor are healthy for the soul.

  6. #6

    Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    This piece was delightful.!.

    Very charming and light…. A perfect theme for an afternoon walk in the park.!

    I agree that it's nice to hear a different stream of music on this forum from time to time.

    … and I also agree with your comment/question on how it is that other members are so prolific with their music.?

    I'm amazed by this myself.



  7. #7
    Senior Member Styxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    West Seneca, NY

    Thumbs up Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    By all means continue. This is a very uplifting piece and I would definitely love to hear it completed.

  8. #8

    Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    Great piece Ted, absolutely keep at it; you're more gifted than your modesty might indicate! Great harmonic handling, too.

    Steve Main
    Steve Main

  9. #9

    Re: A Work in Progress. . .

    You're off to a fine start, Ted! Come on now, let's have the rest of it!


Go Back to forum


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts