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    I have been working on this piece for my Tai Chi teacher - it is to accompany a set of 18 Qi Gong movements called Shi Ba Si. This is not really finished as far as the mix goes - and if my teacher does not like it (for a video of the exercises) then I will rework it into more of a listening rather than a movement oriented piece. Still, I have enjoyed composing this as I almost never work with strings and harmonies like this so for me this was quite exploratory.


    https://soundcloud.com/greghooper/sketch-for-shi-ba-si

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    Nice work, particularly what you've done with the strings, sounds... natural.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by GaryG View Post
      Nice work, particularly what you've done with the strings, sounds... natural.
      Thanks garyG the string arrangement comes from imagining what I want and then implementing it in the piano roll or trying some options within the midi editor, but even then I have a strong notion of what I am looking for. I pretty much never noodle around on an instrument looking for inspiration anymore. I only play guitar anyway and that hardly ever so not much use for midi. Anyway I think much better musically to imagine then implement rather than play along until something seems to fit. Better for personal musical development too. ( based on my personal journey in music, ymmv etc etc)
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      Last edited by Guest; 01-18-2017, 05:34 PM.

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      • #4
        That's interesting as I'm generally the other way around.

        I can't really play keyboards at all but do tend to come up with stuff I'm pleased with more often when noodling than entering notes on a piano roll. Tend to find myself making graphical patterns just to see what they sound like... Though having said that, I have come up with some interesting pieces using that method.

        But I guess that's down to my methods too, I don't ever think of a melody or chord sequence beforehand (certainly not a trad 'songwriter' at all), it's all just improvised and developed.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by GaryG View Post
          That's interesting as I'm generally the other way around.

          I can't really play keyboards at all but do tend to come up with stuff I'm pleased with more often when noodling than entering notes on a piano roll. Tend to find myself making graphical patterns just to see what they sound like... Though having said that, I have come up with some interesting pieces using that method.

          But I guess that's down to my methods too, I don't ever think of a melody or chord sequence beforehand (certainly not a trad 'songwriter' at all), it's all just improvised and developed.
          Yeah that is pretty much what I did for years, improvised, but for some reason I stopped. Probably because I don't play guitar anymore ( arthritis). The arthritis is much better now but I guess I am out of the habit, and when I look at my guitar and the floyd rose the thought of restringing and tuning gets my lazy bones a-shuddering 😀

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          • #6
            updated with a much improved mix - although I have not listened back on soundcloud which sometimes compresses and it is all okay and other times compresses and it is awful

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            • #7
              I enjoyed it :-)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Yuroun View Post
                I enjoyed it :-)
                thanks, I am glad you did

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                • #9
                  Soundcloud hasn't mashed it much that is apparent to my old ears.

                  You mention the possibility of reworking this into a more complex piece for listening rather than moving. Not sure this needs that at all (but don't let me dissuade you!).

                  A beautifully flowing piece that I am sure suits Tai Chi, but is just as suited to being a sedentary lump in this chair.

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