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This room has been specifically set aside for everything that deals with jazz composition!

Some sample topics include:

  • Arranging/Orchestration Techniques
  • Chord/Scale Relationships
  • Favorite writers
  • Getting charts published
  • Just starting out
  • Notation (and/or Finale/Sibelius)
  • Performance Royalty Organizations
Why is composition so important for everyone here? One of the key foundations of jazz and becoming a killer player IS creativity (improvisation). In my opinion, the best possible way to develop your creative muscles (in addition to listening) is to write. I invite composers of all levels, therefore, to share their charts, midi files, lessons, and experiences for analysis, review and, of course, discussion!

Who am I? I invite you to sample some of my music at

  Re: Charley

7, Thanks for your concern...much appreciated. It was looking a little scary there for a bit, but we ended up with very little weather at all...went we...

08/15/2004, by 0 replies

Ryan, I hope that you and yours came through this disaster all right. Best Wishes!...

08/15/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5821

lol, you guys are a riot...Culling does have an interesting ring to it. Maybe it's the "ing." :) Scot, wow, that's really cool! It's a...

07/16/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5789

Disgraceful, I personally never make smelling pistakes. ;-)...

07/16/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5783

Same guy, I just mispelled the last name :)...

07/15/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5779

Ryan Culling eh? I guess he could be a relative of LJP's own Ryan Cullen!!!! lol...

07/15/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5760

Ryan- you're famous. One of the big-time big band arrangers of the world lives here in Bellingham (Phil Kelly) and he told me the other day, "...

07/15/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5719

Hey staggs, thanks for the compliments :). As far as Oliver Nelson, would you believe I've never really checked him out?! The technique you mentioned...

07/14/2004, by 0 replies
  Oliver Nelson

Ryan - you have some great sounding arrangements out there on the web! I first heard your music at Jim Martin's PDF.Music. The "Spring Ahead" an...

07/13/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 5002

Well, I don't think I'm the same Ryan, although, oddly enough, I'll be headed for Canada in 2 weeks on business/pleasure!...

06/20/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 1076594033

Cool! I'm glad it's getting used alot (it's one of my most downloaded things actually) sure was a pain to format it in Finale like that, but ...

02/12/2004, by 0 replies
  Message number: 1076591496

Ryan- I think I downloaded major scales from your website yesterday when I found out a student didn't know how to play his scales. I used a search engine o...

02/12/2004, by 0 replies
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