Today is going to feature a short tip to composing original music, but nonetheless an important one.
Remember: you are never confined to the standard tunings of stringed instruments such as the violin, bass, guitar, etc. Just because a note you want or a chord voicing is impossible in the regular tuning doesn’t mean that it can’t be accomplished if you use an alternative tuning.
Scordatura, or telling the performer how to retune their instrument before a piece or section can be used to obtain new possibilities.
For some insight on how to do this – I recommend researching about famous rock artists/bands that frequently use innovative alternative tunings such as Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, and Sonic Youth.
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Author: Bryan M. Waring
Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging.
During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert.
Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego.
Now living in Nashville.
Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles.
Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing.
On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.
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