Tip #191 – Changing the Tools

Percussion is usually played with a stick/mallet/beater. Guitars are usually played with a pick. Violins are usually played by bows. Etcetera, etcetera.

You don’t actually have to limit yourself to this.

When you are performing, recording, or writing notes into your score for the performers – you can change things up.

Think of all the times Eddie Van Halen used a drill on his guitar strings. Or the many times classical composers have used a prepared piano. Violins playing with the back of their bows or with pencils. Using a glass bottle or slider.

Be creative and play around with how you can achieve the sound you imagine with unconventional tools.

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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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