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Quick Bass Composition

Composer Name: Nicholas Steventon
Bass Composition Ideas- More info soon
Grade Level: 9
Intended For: Live Instrument Performance
Software Used: Noteflight
Instrumentation: Bass
Key: C
Meter Signature: 4/4
Tempo: 140
Status: Work in Progress
Noteflight URL: Website Title


#5 Travis Ramsey 2018-02-23 19:08
Hi Nicholas, here are a few thoughts:
First, remember that trombone and trumpet players need to breathe somewhere. A quarter rest every few bars is quite helpful. If not, at least some longer notes (half, whole) that the player can end early to suck in some air would be important. That sense of a rhythmic pause (composers call it a "cadence") is important to let the music "breathe," too. As you work in breathing space, I'd suggest being pretty regular about it. Could you, say, plop in a quarter rest or use a long note at the end of every 8th measure? You'd be surprised at how nice it sounds to let the music have a little space. While you're at it, having the tbone play the same resting note each time gives us a real solid sense of the "home tone." Might I suggest A?
I do see your syncopations and I think they add a lot.

Can you tell me about the trumpet part? Is it new? I wonder what you have in mind (that's a lot of B's in a row!)

#4 Nicholas Steventon 2018-02-22 11:34
Hi Travis,
I have listened to your advice and have added a few syncopations to mix up the song a little. I am unable to add a tuba part yet because I am still using the free version of Noteflight, but when I have the full version I will try adding a tuba part.
Thank you for your comments,
#3 Travis Ramsey 2018-02-06 21:05
Hi Nicholas, and welcome!

I'll be your mentor. I see that Erik has already told you about the instrument choice. I'd like to also suggest writing for tuba. I think you'll enjoy it - it's a very versatile instrument. Everything you have is within its range but you COULD explore the lower end quite a bit, too.
I'd like to challenge you now to use a few syncopations or accent marks to make it just a little bit more interesting. What would happen if you took out two eighths and put in a quarter, for example? Or if you gave a little extra punch to an unexpected note?
Here's a little listening for you. This is a terrific performance. Listen to how the rhythm really gets rolling, and how easily the tuba can jump from its low to its high range.

Of course, not many tuba players can play this well ... but you get the idea!

Welcome, and of course let me know if you have questions or get stuck.

#2 Erik Nielsen 2018-02-05 11:19
Dear Nicholas,
Thanks for posting the first version of your work for solo bass and welcome to Music-COMP and the world of composing. I don't know who your mentor will be yet, but I need to tell you that we don't have bass available for Opus this year. So you have two choices: you can either change the bass to an instrument we do have available or you can withdraw the piece from Opus consideration and put it in our Independent Projects folder. We'll mentor you in either case, but I wanted to explain your options.
We have brass instruments available, and given the range of the bass part so far, the best possibilities are either trombone or tuba. Either will work, though if it were up to me, I'd pick tuba rather than trombone as it's in the same range as bass and can play everything you've written so far except for the chord in bar 12. However, it's up to you. Please respond and let us know what you want to do. And let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Erik Nielsen
Senior Mentor
#1 Nicholas Steventon 2018-02-02 10:34
First draft of my bass composition. Will be adding other instruments soon! Thank you for listening!

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