Originally Posted by eleven59
It's pretty damned cool to hear so many people working toward realizing what you wrote on paper.
In my case, I'd been workshopping it with the orchestra for several days prior to performance, so this wasn't the first time I had heard them play it - still, the concert was their best performance of it (this is not always the case), which was a really nice surprise.
Originally Posted by robanomoly
It depends on the context, and the goal toward which I'm working.
Generally, I do have ideas in my head that I work to transcribe. Usually, these will be small things - melodic fragments, chordal rhythms, percussive rhythms, etc.
If it's simple, I can sometimes do it right from my head to paper. Anything more complex and I need some assistance, normally in the form of a guitar or Finale (software for music notation), whose MIDI playback I use to help me confirm the notation of the idea.
Once I have some basic ideas down, I generally start thinking of ways to extend, permute, or otherwise transform it to allow long-term development.
From there... It gets complicated, and greatly varies depending on the piece. I can say more about my personal working methods, if you're interested, but that may be a bit more than you wanted to hear.
Originally Posted by The Dark Wolf
Originally Posted by Josh
Hahaha, yeah. I'm doing my Master's in composition at McGill. It's come up on MG/SS a few times before, but I don't go out of my way to draw attention to it.
Once I've finished the post-concert revisions to the score, Josh, would you like to see the results of this one, too? I know you saw one page of it a few weeks back, but there's 52 that you haven't.
Same offer goes to Bob, too, since I know you've got a classical guitar background.