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No chords or notes written anywhere

by LetTheWolfin on November 3, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr


My well-known musician friend has put me in touch with a very talented recent graduate from an auspicious music school. The idea being that the music graduate will be able to help me score and orchestrate a waltz I wrote years ago, with my ultimate dream being that I would play it on the piano accompanied by an orchestra on stage with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, for which my well-known musician friend is the conductor.

I've been playing the piano for most of my life so far - I'd say around thirty-five years now - but I cannot read music proficiently, nor do I ever write down what I compose. It stays in my head/fingers: when I play it, I engrain it into my muscle memory, so I remember it. I do write down my own scribbles but they are unintelligible in terms of communicating them to another musician without explanation.

I recorded my waltz onto my iPad and emailed this music graduate the file. He wrote back asking if I had any of the chords or notes written down somewhere, so he could try to get started with scoring it. Sad to say, I could not provide him with this. I'm sure that my waltz will see the light of day one day but I see what an uphill struggle/slow process it's going to be, not being able to simply write it down myself. No regrets about not studying composition - it is what it is, and I compose anyway, without the formal background - but there is something to be said for studying music theory to make life easier for yourself later down the line in cases like this.

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