As I had mentioned in a previous post, I use GPO to create versions of the pieces played by my daughter’s Jr High String Orchestra so that the students can hear what the piece sounds like.
This weekend I did one of their latest pieces “Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space” and thought that the forum might like to hear about it. It is modeled after the SciFi B-movies from the 50’s. It is intended to be a fun piece for the kids and it includes a lot of “special effects” like “Bow the given string between the bridge and tailpiece” and “Run first finger up and down the fingerboard on the given string”. It was a challenge and fun to figure out how to do these in GPO. One effect that I could not figure out how to do is a Bartok Pizzicato where, on the bass, the string is snapped against the fingerboard. (OK, the screams were not done in GPO either ;-)
I like the idea of sliding in some interesting techniques
for added interest and challenge... not to mention a
good scream or two, something music teachers every-
where are wont to do from time to time.
Breaking out the practice parts against a reduced
volume backdrop is also a brilliant idea -- a wonderful
rehearsal aid for the students.