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    Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    https://www.box.com/s/2ekjq5x2w7u4z5mz1n2c

    Here is "Tuning Tune," a grade 2 for string orchestra, in which "A" remains a chord tone throughout. I was having some fun with this one. I wrote it 39 years ago when I was teaching a string orchestra. I don't recall ever performing it. I only recently dragged it out of my files, wiped away the cobwebs, entered it into Finale, and revised it. All the instruments are Finale default bank KS section strings with Garritan Ambience (dry -0.1dB and wet -5.5dB).

    I hesitate to call "Tuning Tune" a novelty because the varied dynamics and string techniques provide a lot of teaching opportunities: Playing in tune (that's the "A" part), dynamics, string techniques, maintaining a steady tempo, and blending.

    If it's deemed a novelty by the majority here, please, no tomatoes because then the custodial staff will have extra work to do and I'll have to dry clean my tuxedo.

    Seriously, as always, I'm eager to hear comments on the music and its presentation.

    Thanks!
    Arthur J. Michaels
    https://www.facebook.com/composerarthurjmichaels

    Finale 2000 through Finales 25.4 (currently using Finale 25.4)
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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Quote Originally Posted by gogreen1 View Post
    https://www.box.com/s/2ekjq5x2w7u4z5mz1n2c

    Here is "Tuning Tune," a grade 2 for string orchestra, in which "A" remains a chord tone throughout. I was having some fun with this one. I wrote it 39 years ago when I was teaching a string orchestra. I don't recall ever performing it. I only recently dragged it out of my files, wiped away the cobwebs, entered it into Finale, and revised it. All the instruments are Finale default bank KS section strings with Garritan Ambience (dry -0.1dB and wet -5.5dB).

    I hesitate to call "Tuning Tune" a novelty because the varied dynamics and string techniques provide a lot of teaching opportunities: Playing in tune (that's the "A" part), dynamics, string techniques, maintaining a steady tempo, and blending.

    If it's deemed a novelty by the majority here, please, no tomatoes because then the custodial staff will have extra work to do and I'll have to dry clean my tuxedo.

    Seriously, as always, I'm eager to hear comments on the music and its presentation.

    Thanks!
    This is a nice young Orchestra work. I might call it grade 2 1/2 or 3. But I haven't seen the parts. Is this published? Well, it should be. Having been an orchestra director and teacher for 30 years, it's always nice to see new material.

    Best Regards,
    Bill
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Hi Bill. Thanks! Not published--yet. Any suggestions?
    Arthur J. Michaels
    https://www.facebook.com/composerarthurjmichaels

    Finale 2000 through Finales 25.4 (currently using Finale 25.4)
    Garritan COMB2, GPO4, GPO5, Audacity 2.1.3
    Core i7 860 @ 2.80 GHz, 8.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Premium x64
    Dell 2408 WFP, 1920x1200
    M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496
    M-Audio AV-40 monitors

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Go to http://www.brsmusic.net/ and submit your work to them. His sight is down right now, but will open soon after he updates it.

    Best Regards,

    Bill
    We dream to write and we write to dream.

    Challenge #10 Winner

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    That's really interesting background on this piece, Arthur. You're certainly more organized than I am, to have pulled up something you composed so long ago!

    This is a really nice piece of music, and with enough sophistication and interest in it to make it something string students would appreciate working with - more interesting than some of the exercises and beginning pieces they have to endure as they progress.

    It's great to see professor Bill encouraging you to have this published!

    Randy

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Thanks, Bill and Randy!
    Arthur J. Michaels
    https://www.facebook.com/composerarthurjmichaels

    Finale 2000 through Finales 25.4 (currently using Finale 25.4)
    Garritan COMB2, GPO4, GPO5, Audacity 2.1.3
    Core i7 860 @ 2.80 GHz, 8.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Premium x64
    Dell 2408 WFP, 1920x1200
    M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496
    M-Audio AV-40 monitors

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    I couldn't agree more with Randy. Students' stuff is mostly dull and uninteresting (to the students anyway). This string piece could be a very welcomed change in chamber orchestra classes. All the used techniques are well chosen and never seem to be forced into one single piece. Nice color of the strings (although the pizzis sound a bit 'dry').

    It was a pleasure to hear it. Thank you!

    Max

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Thank you, Max.

    although the pizzis sound a bit 'dry'
    Do you mean the samples? something about the scoring/music itself? Or the reverb?

    Thanks again! I appreciate the feedback.
    Arthur J. Michaels
    https://www.facebook.com/composerarthurjmichaels

    Finale 2000 through Finales 25.4 (currently using Finale 25.4)
    Garritan COMB2, GPO4, GPO5, Audacity 2.1.3
    Core i7 860 @ 2.80 GHz, 8.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Premium x64
    Dell 2408 WFP, 1920x1200
    M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496
    M-Audio AV-40 monitors

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    I revised "Tuning Tune" and posted a pdf of the score and new mp3. After considering the piece some more, I thought the parts were, well, boring. So I embellished the parts a bit more, giving them more melody lines while keeping the "A" chord tone. I also widened the panning so that the vioins are more toward the left and the cellos and basses are more toward the right than they were. I also went with Aria's Convolution reverb instead of Garritan Ambience.

    String players: I could use some help with checking the bowing indications. Do they make sense? Are they playable by kids with 2-3 years of experience?

    PDF Score:

    https://www.box.com/s/zounoamz9j5c815a8doh


    Revised mp3:

    https://www.box.com/s/l7dsbxvcn140ixgva4pt

    Thanks!

    Art
    Arthur J. Michaels
    https://www.facebook.com/composerarthurjmichaels

    Finale 2000 through Finales 25.4 (currently using Finale 25.4)
    Garritan COMB2, GPO4, GPO5, Audacity 2.1.3
    Core i7 860 @ 2.80 GHz, 8.0 GB RAM, Windows 10 Home Premium x64
    Dell 2408 WFP, 1920x1200
    M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496
    M-Audio AV-40 monitors

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    Re: Tuning Tune, String Orchestra, Grade 2

    Quote Originally Posted by gogreen1 View Post
    I revised "Tuning Tune" and posted a pdf of the score and new mp3...
    Hi, Art - Could you elaborate on what elements you revised in the new version? Both MP3s sound fine to me.

    There is a volume issue that both MP3s have in common. The dynamic range sounds unnaturally wide, so the effect is rather like a volume knob being suddenly turned up and down. I hear that quite a bit actually in recordings done from a score in Finale, so it's not all that unusual. I think the default values for the dynamic markings are too extreme perhaps. I think you can tell Finale what p through ffff means in terms of volume range which is 0 to 127?

    Randy

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