For most instruments, you can only play one note at a time. Hence, being a melodic instrument. Others, like keyboard instruments allow you to play two or more notes at the same time. However, they must be different pitches as keyboard instruments have one key for each respective pitch.
Guitars on the other hand have the ability to play two of the same pitch at the same time. For example, the open high E string can be played with the B string fretted at the 5th fret – producing an E in the same octave as well.
While they be noted the same, they will slightly differ by a few frequencies in pitch causing an interesting harmony.
Consider this as you are writing for instruments like the guitar where you are able to double the same pitch using different strings.
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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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