I’ve been away from here for a couple of reasons, but the biggest one is that it’s marching band arranging season. It, like spring, came late this year, which is why I’m still writing. It seems it took longer for my clients to decide on music this year than usual. Anyway, I was editing parts… Continue reading About using measure numbers in parts and scores
Two years ago I mentioned the Standardized Chord Symbol Notation book published in 1976 by Clinton Roemer and Carl Brandt. Since then, an alert reader, Doug Gifford, found his and scanned it. Link to the whole discussion is here. I think it would be great if this book could be republished. I think back then… Continue reading Seeking Clinton Roemer
Yes, I’m back, at least a little bit! I wanted to share that Garritan, maker of affordable and good-quality virtual instrument libraries, has set up a new blog. This particular post has to do with using Garritan Personal Orchestra sounds in Apple GarageBand. If you would like to easily access the sounds in other Garritan… Continue reading New Garritan blog – using GPO in GarageBand
Back in the 1970s a small book was printed by two LA copyists, Carl Brandt and Clinton Roemer. It was called “Standardized Chord Symbol Notation: A Uniform System to the Music Profession.” It was the most logical and unambiguous chord symbol system I have ever seen. I don’t know if they ever even did more… Continue reading Brandt-Roemer chord notation book – could it be republished?
Musician Nicholas Payton has a blog (actually, it’s here on WordPress) in which he recently wrote a piece on why jazz isn’t cool any more. It’s kind of semi-poetic, and uses language little kids shouldn’t hear, but you should read it if you are interested in any kind of music written past 1900. He says… Continue reading Nicholas Payton says jazz is dead, and should be.
All too often when we as musicians or conductors look at a piece of music, we forget about the possibility that it could be that wonderful musical “moment,” that beautiful polished gem, a standout in its own right. When you’re presenting musical theater you know it’s pretty obvious that some tunes were written as solo… Continue reading Creating a “Musical Moment”
I recently updated two marching band arrangements I wrote a number of years ago for today’s bands (especially today’s percussion sections) and added them to the super-secret arrangements and compositions list. If you would like a copy of the list, email me and I will sent it to you.
I suppose it didn’t make much sense to switch web site hosting companies just after doing a mass emailing to a lot of band directors…but the Apple iDisk isn’t working correctly and wouldn’t allow access to the main page. I’ve had that happen before and never found out why. I switched to fatcow.com and set… Continue reading The new store is set up…now if you can just see this…
Warning: some of what I discuss here may upset you. I can only say that it is my own viewpoint, based on my years of experience and observation. I’ve not seen every band and I know there are many factors involved in getting a performing group onto a stage and ready to play for an… Continue reading More thoughts on making concerts interesting
I sent an email mailing out to about 400 band directors today. Only about 100 bounced back, but that was expected. I put the list together from various sources from the last couple of years, and people move or change email addresses. It’s not my intention to spam folks. I just didn’t know of any… Continue reading The mailing went out today…