New Adventures!

Today’s post is a little bit exciting! I’m trying out something new: recording audio and video for the music that I write, and so today’s blog features a video of an arrangement I made recently. Now, I’ve made a few videos in my time, notably last year for my Christmas Carol Advent Calendar, but most […]

111 Days Till Christmas!

I have an unpopular opinion amongst musicians: I actually really like Christmas carols and songs. Most musicians get really sick of them, playing the same old boring arrangements over and over again, and the same songs year-in, year-out. One friend even told me that for her playing Christmas carols feels yucky, like something she shouldn’t […]

When you’re not enough.

Sometimes, I forget that the work I do depends on people wanting me to do that work. That if they decide I’m not experienced enough, or not old enough, or not good enough, they’ll tell me to stop, and I have to, because I’m a contractor and not an employee and contractors don’t get notice. […]

Big Projects

It’s been quiet around here lately! Very quiet. In fact, it’s been a month since I was last here. But I have a good reason! I’ve been working on a very Big Project (yes, the capitals are necessary) which is taking a very long time and all of my compositional energy to do. I’ve been […]

Orchestrating Piano Music

This will probably be the first in a series of posts I make about orchestration. Today, I’m talking about orchestrating piano music, as the title would suggest. One of my goals with my music arranging and creating is to arrange pieces I really love for ensembles I really love. Those who know me know I […]

Score Preparation

Writing music is one thing. Presenting it well is an entirely different thing. I’ve been revising my score and part layouts for more then five years, and I somehow doubt I’ll ever stop. I have a standard template which I adjust for whatever instrument group I happen to be writing for, and every time I […]

Free Music!

I’ve had a freebies page sitting empty on this blog for a little while now. Good news! It’s not empty anymore! I’ve just uploaded a bunch of music, sorted by instrument page. At this stage, all the music is for beginner string players (including Double Bass!) but I’m aiming to expand it, and hopefully it […]

Flexible music

Every single musician I know have been part of flexible ensembles. Some are in bands, and have members change occasionally so are constantly revisiting their music to make sure it still works. Some work solo, but occasionally gather a band around them. The more classical musicians I know also work flexibly – there’s rarely enough […]

Requests

I really love it when people contact me and ask about my work. I’m not sure what’s more exciting, when someone I know asks me about my work, or when a complete stranger finds me and thinks to contact me. Thinking about it, when someone I know contacts me, it means that they’ve decided I’m […]

Choosing Music & Ensembles

I choose the music I arrange based on three factors: Will the piece work for the ensemble I’ve picked Is the piece something people will want to play Do I, personally, like it Some pieces just don’t work for some ensembles. For example, if something is really percussion heavy, it would be very difficult to […]