Ragtime Music

"The Entertainer" sheet music cover
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We’re happy to announce that we have a healthy sized collection of ragtime sheet music available at the website. Specifically, the favorites of the king of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. These are the original versions. The titles are:

The Entertainer (Joplin)
The Easy Winners (Joplin)
Rag-Time Dance (Joplin)
Peacherine Rag (Joplin)
Palm Leaf Rag (Joplin)
Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin)
Eugenia (Joplin)
Elite Syncopations (Joplin)
A Breeze From Alabama (Joplin)
Something Doing (Joplin)
Sun Flower-Slow Drag (Joplin)
Swipsey (Joplin and Marshall)
The Cascades (Joplin)
The Chrysanthemum (Joplin)
The Favorite (Joplin)
The Sycamore (Joplin)
Weeping Willow (Joplin)

Each of these is available for download in the PDF format and at a reasonable price — below what most music publishers charge.

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The music has been recently typeset to meet modern typesetting and layout conventions. In other words, it’s easier to read than the original printed version.

What Wondrous Love Is This

I’ve uploaded a new video to YouTube. This is a recording of the piece What Wondrous Love Is This that I arranged for orchestra. The hymn tune is from the early 1800’s in Appalachia and is found in Southern Harmony, 1835. It is still used today in many churches and instrumental versions, like this, are also used in secular schools for its historical aspect.

This recording is done via software instruments (although most of you would have thought they were real if I hadn’t said anything). I used instruments from the Native Instruments Kontakt 5 factory library as well as Session Strings Pro. I layered the string sounds so each instrument in the string section had 3 to 5 different instruments. They were mixed together to get the final sound. For the reverb I used two instances of Guitar Rig 5, one for the strings and their reverb and all other instruments.

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The orchestra sheet music is available for purchase at my website. The instrumentation is for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Triangle, Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Bass and Guitar (or Harp). See the catalog description for details about substitute instruments and keyboard reductions.

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them on the YouTube page or here.

Reaper, MIDI, VST YouTube video

This video is now available on YouTube. In it we look at how to use the Reaper DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) along with VST software instruments and MIDI to record and produce a song.

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This features VST instruments Plex2, FM8 and Massive. The piece is entirely done in MIDI. The video also looks at automation of both the VST parameters via MIDI controllers (CC) as well as Reaper’s built in automation.

A full tutorial on all of this would take several hours, but this is hopefully a good introduction to the subject. If you are interested in seeing more detailed videos on specific topics covered, comment on the video at YouTube or leave a comment here.

Abbey Roads 70’s Drummer

Native instruments released a big update, almost like a new version, of their entire Abbey Roads Drums series. The names now add the word Drummer to them. The new versions add the mixer and grove parts of their Studio Drummer product. The entire series update includes the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and Modern drums.

I put together a quick video showcasing some of the features of the 70’s version.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62DeXE3s3As?hl=en&fs=1]

The main changes are the mixer, along with all the effects and multi-channel routing, and the thousands of midi grooves available.

Enjoy

 

Cutting down a pine tree

Back in December, 2011 I took some photos and some video (not so great video) of a 130 foot (or so) pine tree being cut down. I put the photos and videos together. I added some original music I sell at my website and posted a video on YouTube:

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The pine tree was cut down because earlier in the year it had been hit by lightning and was dead.

The background music is from the music catalog at the website. It is titled Scene: The Wonder Of The Jungle