Composers/Arrangers of all levels are invited to share tips, tricks, articles, tunes, and more. Discussions regarding arranging/orchestration techniques, chord/scale relationships, favorite writers, getting charts published, notation (and/or Finale/Sibelius), and performance royalty organizations are most welcome. You can check out some of my stuff at Enjoy! ~Ryan
  Thanks, Ryan; Links to My Music

Thanks for the explanation, Ryan--and for the files. I need to work a lot more on understanding all of the modes and scales and how to use them. Your files...

09/23/2005, by 0 replies
  to Laura

Hi Laura...thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods. :) As a composer, you're concerned with all available tone colors. The file (top 21 mod...

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  Question About Modes and Scale Formula Files

I'm new to this web site and basically self-taught, and I can use all the help and guidance I can get. I'm an amateur composer, but I don't perform or even...

09/21/2005, by 0 replies
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Thanks Ryan, what you said really sums up what I've been feeling especially with regards to abandoning work. Reading both of your responses has also remin...

07/26/2005, by 0 replies
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Good discussion! 7 has pretty much covered it, but I'll add from some of my experiences. Many times, I am burdened with what you mention, a new tune th...

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7: Thank-you for the kind response and also for the links. I'm usually aware that I borrow many melodic, harmonic and rhythmical ideas from my experience.

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In the world of writing if you knowingly steal from one source it's called plagarizing. If you knowingly steal from many sources it's called "influ...

07/23/2005, by 0 replies
  Help, Everything I write now sounds like something I've ripped off.

Hi, this is sort of a general question. I've been writing music as a hobby on and off for about 10 years or so and even a tiny bit when I was a child. I ...

07/23/2005, by 0 replies
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John, thanks...glad you enjoyed it!...

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Some interesting stuff especially about diminished chords. Just what I was looking for. Cheers, John...

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Thanks 7! I haven't heard of any official news regarding a "Welcome Wagon" visit yet...maybe I should follow your lead and throw a party to ge...

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I just dropped by to sign the guestbook. Any word on the "Welcome Wagon"?...

04/29/2005, by 0 replies

Welcome one and all to my new room (complete with a working files section!). I think that I've re-uploaded almost everything. If you're looking f...

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