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Roadtrip Blues

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I played some blues on the piano and liked the way it sounded so, I wanted to make my own blues piece. I was going for kind of like a road trip/movie type of style. I am very happy with how it came out and can't wait 'till next year.
Grade Level: 5
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Piano, Bass, and Clarinet
Key: C
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 120
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#13 Isaac Dunkiel 2017-04-08 15:39
Hey Evan,
I am very excited that I won. Sorry i did not get back to you earlier. I think that I got all the changes done, but if i missed one or two things please let me know. Thanks, can't wait 'till the performance.
#12 Evan Premo 2017-04-05 13:48
Hi Isaac,
Congratulations on being chosen for Opus! I look forward to seeing you there and playing your piece! I'll play the bass part.

Now it's time to prepare your score for performance. Please have these changes done by Friday night.

Things look pretty good!

1. In the second bar, you can delete the extra tempo marking. Also, next to the initial tempo marking, write "swung eighths" so the performers know to do that.

2. Make sure to slur any notes you want slurred in the clarinet part (this will make it more musical so the clarinet player doesn't have to tough every note). Repeated notes should not be under a slur, however.

3. In measure 5 (clarinet) the rhythm needs to be respelled so that it is notated correctly corresponding to the measure's beat groups. So, the first two notes and the eighth rest are fine. The third note (dotted eighth) should be changed to an 8th note tied to a 16th note. In measure 22 (clarinet) the half note should be changed to an 8th note tied to a dotted half note.

4. Make sure your piece description and bio are the way you want them for the program.

#11 Isaac Dunkiel 2017-03-30 11:40
Dear Evan,

Thank you for all of the help that you given me. I just finished it and hope you take a look at and tell me what you think. I added some dynamics and hope you like it.
#10 Evan Premo 2017-03-29 21:59
or maybe the last held chord could be on beat 3 of the last bar...
#9 Evan Premo 2017-03-29 21:58
Hi Isaac,
I really like your new clarinet part! Super fun! In measure 5 clarinet part, would a Bb be better than B natural?

In the last bar I think you could have more of a final chord in the piano. Maybe on the downbeat of the last bar? The way it is right now, I feel like it leaves the listener hanging a bit.

Great Work Isaac!
#8 Evan Premo 2017-03-25 08:56
Hi Isaac!
Great! The new part is really helping the piece, I think. Keep going with it. (and please change the saxophone to clarinet).

My recommendation is to complete the saxophone part, then remove the repeat sign and actually copy and paste the piano and bass parts so that they repeat (but without repeat signs). Then you can keep going with the clarinet part, changing it as you go and that will keep it interesting. You might even go three times through the form (copy and paste 2x) so that you can keep making the clarinet part more complicated. Maybe by the last time through the clarinet is playing faster notes (like triplets, which would go well with the swing time).

Have fun and don't forget the deadline for opus is next Thursday at midnight. I'll check in next week to add some more feed back after you make some additions.

#7 Sandi MacLeod 2017-03-24 15:43

I just checked in on your work and see the soprano sax That's not an instrument we have for this concert. You can ask your mentor or your teacher to help you change it to clarinet if you'd like.

You mention something about clarinet, but I'm not seeing that at all. We've only got 6 days until your work needs to be finished, so please think about these questions and your mentor's suggestions.
Sandi, Site Admin
#6 Isaac Dunkiel 2017-03-24 11:17
i added some clarinet i am not done with it yet though. what else should i do with the clarinet.
#5 Evan Premo 2017-03-18 17:00
Hi Isaac! I look forward to hearing more! As I would consider changing up the bass part when the chords change the piano. You can also try a walking bass line! Make sure to check out B.B. King. I look forward to hearing some clarinet in there too if that's what you decide to add!
Have fun,
#4 Isaac Dunkiel 2017-03-13 11:19
Thx Evan, I will try your suggestions. I can't wait to continue working with you on this piece of music

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