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Update after a looooong time away…

Wow! In the year-and-a-half since my last update to this blog, WordPress has updated the interface a great deal – it’s very pretty now to work in – and quite a bit has happened with me! For those still linking this blog, and for any new visitors, here’s what’s been going on. My book, The… Continue reading Update after a looooong time away…

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About using measure numbers in parts and scores

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

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My arranging book is finally available!

I know, I’ve been teasing it for months, but it really is out now! It’s available as a pdf ebook from Marketing Vision Partners for $ 30. I invite you to go take a look! Here’s the Table of Contents page: While I don’t think anything I put in the book is exactly controversial, I have included… Continue reading My arranging book is finally available!

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Getting the details right

When I write a piece, it is generally for someone else to play. (For example, I’m not writing piano arrangements mainly for myself to perform.) Because of that, I really try to get all the articulations and dynamics nailed down in the piece. It takes far longer in a rehearsal to mark a dynamic change,… Continue reading Getting the details right

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Sibelius 7.5 announced.

At the Sibelius blog Philip Rothman has a post on the new version of Sibelius, 7.5, covering a lot of the new features. Are any of them ground-breaking? No.  The Timeline, which looks like it was derived from a sequencer, will be a helpful addition for some but I don’t know how much I might… Continue reading Sibelius 7.5 announced.

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It’s getting closer…

New version of the cover, new title. In absolute final proofing now. It should be available at Marketing Vision Partners very soon. Over 200 pages, including two versions of an arrangement of “Night On Bald Mountain,” at two different levels of difficulty. I talk a lot about using Sibelius in the book as well. Of… Continue reading It’s getting closer…

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The map is not the territory.

First, I’ve been away a lot. I may be here a bit more now, since things have settled down a little in my personal life. This post, however, just sort of popped into my head today. The quote in the title is from semanticist Alfred Korzybski, but it’s been used in a variety of ways.… Continue reading The map is not the territory.

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Update June 1, 2013

I will still be away for some time. My mother passed away May 20, and I am helping get my Dad situated in a senior facility. The book is no further along, as my first reader hasn’t had the time to work on it either. In the meantime I am writing shows for a couple… Continue reading Update June 1, 2013

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Update, March 1, 2013

I’ve had some family responsibilities – care of a parent who is ill – and won’t be back on here until at least May 1. The book is done and is being reviewed by several truly wonderful band directors/arrangers. Once they are finished looking for nonsense (there are certainly a few bits in there that… Continue reading Update, March 1, 2013