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@justinsanders: Thank you Justin! Glad you like it!
@DarqueKrystal: Thank you very much Dk! By the way, I got the track. Everything seems to work perfectly. I'll have some time to work on it in the next couple of days! :)
@Shannon McDowell: Shannon! Thank you! And I haven't forgotten about you either!
@Protosapien: Aww schucks! Thank you!!!! :)
@Vince Roseborough: Thank you Vince!!!! So glad you like it!!! I'd love to do a track with you and your sexy voice!
@tesbeats: Ok. It'll be a couple days but Ill get it to you. :)
What an amazing track! Can't wait to get started with the vocals. Love this! I have so many ideas for it! :)
Wow! GREAT changes!
The first thing I noticed was your awesome piano accompaniment. That added so much more movement to your piece. I love it!
The second thing I noticed was that you changed the bass instrument. Good thing, because now I can hear your melody perfectly clear without feeling like my ears need to “unplug” from all the bass. Definitely a change for the better!
The only thing I noticed was just a few notes that seem to be clashing every now and then. Not a huge deal. I’m sure that once you give it a few days and go back into your Sibelius file, you will see them standing out. I’m sure you’ve probably heard your piece a thousand times by now, so you just need to give your ears and eyes a rest.
You did a fantastic job, Zach! I really enjoyed your composition.
Thank you for sharing your piece. I think every change you made was a good one. I’m glad that your piece still has the banjo in it. I was afraid you might change that.
I can hear that your chord pattern changed a little bit, and that helped with some of the repetitiveness – great job! I would have liked to hear some more chord changes; however. The same chord progression over and over tends to make my mind wander. (Sorry ☹)
I really enjoyed the contrasting section that you added to your final version. The transition into it is somewhat abrupt, but I like still like it. It is perhaps my favorite part of your composition. ☺
Great job James!
The moment I heard your song I definitely felt the “slap your knee” country in it. I think the movement of the banjo, as well as the banjo itself really helped with that. Also, your use of the staccato in the melody really stood out to me. Great job there!
You mentioned that your piece felt a little repetitive to you. I would have to agree with that. Try changing up some of your chords and chord patterns and that might help break up some of the repetitiveness.
You asked for suggestions on how to make your piece sound more “country”. I wish I could make a suggestion for you there, but I don’t really know what changes you could make to specifically make it sound more country. I like country music, but I’ve never actually composed any of it before. I hope someone else has a suggestion for you in that respect, because I would like to know his or her thoughts as well.
I felt that I couldn’t really follow your bass line. Like Mr. Donohue said, it’s great to be a little unpredictable, but being too unpredictable usually results in the listener giving up on trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.
Hello Zachary (Zach?),
I really enjoyed the keyboard melody of your piece – very cool. I also could definitely hear the contrasting sections in your song pretty easily, so that was nice. It makes it much easier to follow along.
You asked if you could have used more dynamics in your song. I am a huge fan of the staccato and think if you would have added staccato to your piece, specifically the melody, it would have made it pop out even more.
I don’t believe there is a “wrong” place to put a crescendo or decrescendo (maybe there is, I don’t know, LOL); rather, I think there are certain sections of pieces that would benefit from the use of these over other sections. I think you used them well in your composition. If I were to suggest an additional location for a crescendo, I would put a shorter one right before the bridge to give it kind of a build up of excitement.
You also asked if you should add another chorus. This is completely my opinion, but I would. The chorus is my second favorite part of a song (the bridge is my first), so I don’t mind hearing it over and over again.
One thing that I would “modify” in your piece is just to choose a new bass instrument. It is so bassy that I had a hard time hearing your wonderful melody. I think you did a great job, and it’s obvious you spent a lot of time on your project.
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