Music Theory – 0031

FinishLineIs this the finish line for “Finding Diane”? Today I perform and display the ending, and maybe tie up some loose ends. After today I want to make an audio recording of the entire piece and post it in a music player; and who knows, I might try to orchestrate it or turn it into a proper song later. This is a very flexible piece with loads of potential.

There’s no video of me playing on this, just a still picture with the audio. I decided to use my good piano in the living room with no computer or webcam. My new camera is supposed to arrive in three days and then I have to figure out how to make it go and then how to get what it captures into my computer in a usable format. I watched a YouTube review of the camera and the guy said that he is not going to do a box opening because if you can’t figure out how to take a camera out of a box then you need more help than he is able to provide. So here I am not knowing how to take the camera out of the box once it gets here.

Let’s get on with the score, much the same as the intro although not as long. Same basic concept except is stays with one single chord, B Minor.


And there it is in all its glory. Something new here: over the second and third measures is an “8va” symbol and a dotted line following it. That means to play the notes an octave higher than written on the staff. “15va” would mean two octaves higher.

Look at the highest C note on the treble clef in the middle of the second measure. Actually that is a C#, but let’s not get picky. That C# followed by the next two notes B and F# are the opening theme of Section-A. Here it is in a different key. That three-note motif is used in the intro, Section-A, arguably in Section-B, definitely in Section-C, and obviously here in the ending. At the very end I use the essence of that at the very end, all be it in a different order. What is important for me to get across here is this is basically just one plain old chord, B-D-F#, with the addition of C# traveling up and then back down the keyboard.

It is also of vital importance to realize that you can’t get NotePad to sound like this. It is one thing to write a piece of music and it is another to perform it and yet another to record it. These are all different skill sets. I remember hearing Burton Cummings on the radio talking about his band The Guess Who and how he sang and studio musicians did the backup vocals and harmonies on their records. When they toured, the band members were unable to sing the harmonies but no one could tell because the crowds would be screaming so loud as they performed that no one could hear them.

It is possible to write a magnificent song in NotePad that no one would be impressed with from its output. It may be true what Shakespeare said about the play being the thing; but the writing matters, the performance matters, the production matters, and even the audience can play a part in the experience.

Right now, learning is the thing. I hope I have demonstrated how worthwhile that is as we end this little field trip. Next time we get back to writing simple and effective songs. Thank you for indulging me in this little distraction.

9 thoughts on “Music Theory – 0031

  1. I am following you and yet I am not getting notified. Each time I have come to find a new post that I did not know about. Too strange. But this is wonderful!!! It gaves me chills. Even my cat lying on a portion of my keyboard sat up and started meowing so Tripper approves as well, musical expert that she is!
    Seriously though I am honored that I inspired this even a tiny bit. You have inspired me to write non stop for the next two days!!!! I am going to reach my finish line as well!

    • You could try unfollowing and then follow again. It might reset things.

      I do get inspiration from people’s blogs. It is a great source of inspiration at times. Often I get a tangential idea, other times there is a kindred spirit that resonates.

      Tripper. Sadly I am allergic to cats, love them as I do. I think they are my favorite of all the animals, including people. We understand each other.

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  3. This song is amazing, possibly your best ever. I love listening to the song emerge, piece by piece. Such a lucky woman I am!

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  5. This is just beautiful! I can’t wait to go and find the rest. Damn having to get up and go to work!!! And thanks for the score also. I will try to play it on the piano. I only play classical music and this is completely my taste. Chopin is usually my favourite. You have inspired me to play again!

    • Chopin is my favorite as well!

      I should be posting the complete piece soon. Apart from the intro and ending the piece is simple in the right hand and a real bugger in the left hand. I will not be writing another with this bass figure where the playing is rather fast and the left hand has to regularly jump over an octave down and then back up. Hitting that repeatedly and reliably for a solid two minutes and not being slightly off is rather difficult for me.

      If you like, once I do get a proper video and audio recording — at least close enough for rock & roll — I will brush up and send you a PDF of the complete score. Hmmm. Your e-mail address is not on your site or included with your gravitar that I can see. I can send it to Diane and she can relay it if you like, or you can contact me directly through the e-mail on my gravitar.

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