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Community Events / Re: Taegan's Birthday Bash
« Last post by TaeganAdventures on January 24, 2021, 02:16:27 AM »
Now that yall have gotten the mission brief, it's time forrrrrr ... ... scoring criteria! :PogChamp:

Harmony (10 points)
The chords you use have to follow functional harmony. Make the chords paint a picture! Every chord tells a story, and it's up to you to make that story as exciting (or anticlimactic xD) as possible :)
(Pro tip: Jazzy chord progressions/vamps score extra points!)

Development and Musicality (10 points)
Use the A B C A' form (stated in my previous post) to guide you in your reharm! And of course, add some flair (tastefully) to the piece!
(Disclaimer: This is not a toccata, it's d j a z z. So nothing too flashy here ;D)

Layout/Readability (10 points)
This criterion is all about making your score neat and easy to sight-read. Djazz bois do A LOT of sight reading too!

Playability (5 points)
I won't be too strict with this one, but basically make it playable. Imagine this -- concert musicians are playing your arrangement on your birthday; you wouldn't wanna give them a tough time would you?

Community vote (15 points)
This is all up to YOU! I'll be putting up a poll after I've collected all the entries ... and all you have to do is this: tell me which reharm you like best!

That's all for now folks! And until next time ... d j a z z !
Community Events / Taegan's Birthday Bash
« Last post by TaeganAdventures on January 23, 2021, 04:32:14 AM »
2020 be oveeeerrrrrr!!!

... Now on to 2021!

And with a new year comes new year's resolutions becoming a year older!
Naturally, I'd wanna wish all of you a happy birthday. But what's that? It's not your birthday? But it will be am I right xD

With that comical intro out the way, I present to you my next challenge... reharmonisation!
What you have to do is simple: reharmonise Happy Birthday like jazz bois do in college.  ;)
And if you don't want to transcribe/learn the piece by ear, I've attached a lead sheet with the original chords below! I've also included a template (in Musescore) that you can work from.

All entries should abide by the following criteria:
  • Instrumentation: This challenge is mainly for solo piano arrangements. But other instruments are welcome, too!
  • Tempo, meter and rhythm: Tempo should be between 165 and 180 bpm. The piece has to stay in 3/4 with swung 8th notes. You may choose to change the rhythm slightly, but keep it recognisable.
  • Harmony: Chords must be stated in your arrangement. All pieces should use functional harmony as much as possible.
  • Duration: The piece must be between 2 and 3 minutes in run time. Any piece exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified!
  • Musical form: Arrangements should follow the form of A B C A'.
    Section A is the reharm of Happy Birthday; section B is a contrasting section with the same chord progression as in section A; section C is an improvisatory segment (write anyting you like!); section A' is a reinstatement/development of section A to conclude the arrangement.
All entries are to be in the form of a pdf and mp3 file. To submit your entries, DM them to me by 12 Feb 2021 (I may give an extension if there are fewer than 3 participants)

All the best to yall and ... d j a z z !
Community Events / Re: Taegan's Mystery Riff
« Last post by TaeganAdventures on December 26, 2020, 10:25:42 AM »
'Tis the season to be jolly
Falalalalaaaaaaaa... oh wait m y s t e r y  r i f f !

So after a looooong while of waiting, the Mystery Riff contest be ovvveeeeerrrrr!

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So here's how everyone did...

Piece A: THC
Structure: 7/10
Flow/Musicality: 9/10
Motivic Development: 10/10
Stylistic Appropriateness: 7/10
Community Vote: 6/10

Overall, I'm very pleased to hear THC getting close (ish?) to what I envisioned here. I was picturing more of an EDM-type thing, kinda like if Avicii and Van Halen had a love child  ;D
THC made good use of the riff here, establishing the riff immediately and putting his own spin on it right after. It's a little repetitive but ah well, repetition legitimises!
Ragtime is honestly a cool genre, but certain musical elements don't fit well with the style. For example, beginning the piece with dense block chords... instead of the 1-5 oom-pah bass on beats 1 & 3 and chords on 2 & 4 like typical ragtime. Although yes, it develops into the typical ragtime left hand pattern, but it doesn't stay that way throughout the piece.

Piece B: bor
Structure: 7/10
Flow/Musicality: 5/10
Motivic Development: 7/10
Stylistic Appropriateness: 8/10
Community Vote: 8/10

Well... I think you could have worked on this a little more here. The piece seems pretty static, like it's not moving anywhere. I'm not really sure if this is what you actually intended but that's what I felt listening to this piece. But anyways, this piece was generally well-written apart from the lack of a climax.

Piece C: Magnet
Structure: 10/10
Flow/Musicality: 7/10
Motivic Development: 10/10
Stylistic Appropriateness: 5/10
Community Vote: 9/10

Wow, I love how you made the Mystery Riff tell a story. And not starting with the full riff did the trick here. By truncating the riff... I believe that made it the perfect intro for well, itself! There's clearly development from start to finish, though what narrative is this piece telling us? (I guess that'll be a mystery... until Magnet tells us)
But just to nitpick a little, putting the main melody of the riff on a wind instrument isn't a good idea, especially if people are gonna play the piece live. The riff has quite a few repeat notes (eg measures 22-23 for the C.A. part); that's not ideal for a wind instrument. The repeat notes tend to bleed into each other and produce what seems like one sustained note instead of several shorter notes. I'm not a wind player but I think there might(?) be a way to pull this off on the cor anglais (or a similar wind instrument). If someone could demonstrate this I'm all ears.

And now... the final scores are...
THC: 39/50
bor: 35/50
Magnet: 41/50

Congrats Magnet for barely clutching that victory!!!

You can listen to the arrangements again here:
Forum Games / Re: Counting
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Forum Games / Re: Counting
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Forum Games / Re: Counting
« Last post by Magnet on December 16, 2020, 04:11:49 AM »
53! heck, I'll play this game by myself if I have to.
Forum Games / Re: Keep a word, Drop a word
« Last post by Magnet on December 16, 2020, 04:10:33 AM »
private investigator!  8)
Forum Games / Re: Keep a word, Drop a word
« Last post by ThatHiddenCharacter on December 15, 2020, 01:38:03 AM »
Private Business
Forum Games / Re: Keep a word, Drop a word
« Last post by Magnet on December 12, 2020, 01:56:10 PM »
small business
Art / Re: Magnet's Origami and other stuff!!!
« Last post by Magnet on December 01, 2020, 02:56:50 AM »
Here's another one.
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