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NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON

NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON
NEW Libertaria Chronicles Expanded Edition at AMAZON

Happy New Year! EPIC TED TALK on Opera, Arts, Animation, and the Internet! Sci-fi Special!

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Composer's Guide to Drums and Percussion: Top 10 Mistakes when Composing for Percussion Instruments

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Composer's Guide to Drums and Percussion: Top 10 Mistakes when Composing for Percussion Instruments
How to avoid the pitfalls amateurs make when writing music for percussion.  Real advice from a REAL PERCUSSIONIST.
TOP 10 MISTAKES WHEN WRITING FOR PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS
10. Indicating the wrong mallets for an instrument.
Brass mallets on vibes? Try a hammer on a violin!

9. Writing the glockenspiel part as heard.
You shouldn't have to climb a ladder of leger lines to read a glock part. Keep it in the staff.

8. When in doubt, adding more suspended cymbal.
This is a huge mistake made by arrangers. Yep, cymbals add automatic intensity to a piece, but so can a bass drum roll, a rousing hand drum part, exciting mallet licks, or a hundred other combinations. Well-written percussion parts stand out in the band and church repertoire.

7. Better means more complicated, right?
This is my main mistake. A percussion part can be simple enough for a middle school, but it is the ability to use the …

Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera on a Budget PART 1

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Music Secrets: How to Write an Opera on a Budget PART 1Historically, producing an opera, especially a grand scale epic opera, involved numerous resources, finances, and clout. From getting the opera company to the orchestra, to finding a hall big enough for your musical vision, to finding financiers who didn't mind sinking thousands and thousands into a possible flop of a production, the task to produce your own opera could be daunting. 

Then the Internet Happened. And social media. And technology that broke down a thousand barriers to your musical vision. When I composed and produced my opera Libertaria, I took advantage of the Internet and technology and created an epic opera that broke ground as the first original machinima opera and broke ground in its innovative Internet production. I will share some of the ways that I managed to create this incredibly epic opera below. Take a few of these ideas, expand on them, and then make YOUR artistic dream a reality! 


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Inspiration and Music: Professional tips for Musicians, Artists, and Writers

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Inspiration and Music: Professional tips for Musicians, Artists, and WritersCreative inspiration doesn't always come easily for artists, musicians, and writers. There are days when you get a concussion from hitting a creative brick wall repeatedly or days when you look at the last month's worth of writing,  hit DELETE, and start all over again.
Here are a few ways that I try to push the inspiration along.

Take a break.
Sometimes hitting the grind over and over only produces a lot of shlock. Instead, take a break from your music for an hour, a day, or even a week or so, and explore other avenues of creativity.

Get references.
Visual artists often have a scrapbook full of references (pictures and photos of people, buildings, plants, etc.) which they refer to as they are creating their latest masterpiece. For the piece I am composing right now for an upcoming Halloween concert, I bought a book of ghost stories, a CD of scary music and sounds, surfed You Tube for freaky videos, and w…

Cyber Monday MUSIC DEAL: $1.99 EPIC Soundtrack at Bandcamp TODAY ONLY

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DOWNLOAD THE EPIC AND GROUNDBREAKING CINEMATIC SOUNDTRACK FROM LIBERTARIA: THE VIRTUAL OPERA TODAY FOR CYBERMONDAY FOR ONLY $1.99! AVAILABLE TODAY ONLY AT BANDCAMP FOR THIS GREAT PRICE! 

Available as a music gift for the music and movie lover in your life! 


<a href="http://sabrinapenayoung.bandcamp.com/album/libertaria-the-virtual-opera-soundtrack">Libertaria: The Virtual Opera Soundtrack by Sabrina Pena Young</a>
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