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The Happiest March (Take Two).

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It has less repetition in it than the original version and that was entirely in G Major, while this version moves to D major for some of its length. The key change was intended to give it a kind of lively "kick" by changing up a few semitones, but this really didn't work for me as going up to D sounded too shrill in parts, so I transposed it down instead. This sounds better but loses the intended effect of the key change. However it seems to give the tune a bit of a kick when it changes back to G so I guess it sort of works. Interesting to explore the effects of changing keys during a piece, something I need to do a lot more.

I am fairly happy with this now even though it's not entirely what I wanted from the rewrite, it's meant to be light hearted and up-beat and that aspect seems to work. The lesson about key changes has been absorbed so even if I haven't used it to best effect in this piece it is sinking in, which is what matters. In any case in my current fragile state (yes I am getting better) I don't have the energy to work on it more at the moment. I hope folk enjoy this as it is.
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rok41 said 1899 days ago (July 5th, 2014)
The Happiest March
I wouldn't have a clue how to create something like this...your talent is obvious. I am assuming that is a Tuba? (Whatever it is )I love that tone and timbre, mostly because to me it reminds me of jaco and his earthy Jazz bass tone. A nice uplifting, light mood piece...excellent composition.
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Fire_Angel said 1898 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
Yes, the Tuba is the "lead" instrument in this.
A tuba can be used for anything from a sense of menace to a jolly light-hearted bounce like this one, so it's surprising how adaptable it is. Glad you enjoyed this, thanks for commenting.
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paul f. page said 1898 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
Tight production...
I know how hard it is to get all of these elements/instruments to "behave" appropriately in a digital environment. I think you have done a really admirable job with keeping all of this not only in sync, but also very balanced so that each solo comes out clearly. The drum line certainly helps in that regard, but maybe back in down a bit in volume once you get going. This is a cool little march. I remember the original and this is even better.
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J_Gretch said 1898 days ago (July 6th, 2014)
The Happiest March (Take Two).
I know you like it better and it sound much better to me too...Happy for you ! I know the feeling :)
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Fire_Angel said 1898 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
Oh, no, not again...
Sorry, MacJams is refusing to let me make individual replies again, so thanks all. Paul, thanks for the constructive comments on the first version, they helped. I now know a little more about the impact and importance of key changes and will be experimenting with those over the coming months.
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damiengh said 1898 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
I thoroughly enjoyed this short piece, for the feeling I got from it. A sense of humor coupled with some dreamy or hopeful thoughts. Really liked your use of drums to keep it kicking along. Nice sounds for my ears. Thanks.
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lyzak said 1897 days ago (July 7th, 2014)
Happiest March
Seems to me like this piece has healing qualities to it. As you mention, light hearted, up-beat and positive. A tonic for good health!!
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Ultrabeast said 1897 days ago (July 8th, 2014)
I like it. Great sounds and nice upbeat chords.
Very nice :)
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davajonah said 1893 days ago (July 11th, 2014)
As was the first version. I'm reminded some of Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé, the third movement, Kijé's wedding. A wonderful, happy piece of music, like this.

Anyway, excellent. And I hope your health is improving too.
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jiguma said 1892 days ago (July 12th, 2014)
I tried this sort of thing once ....
.... and appreciate the work hours that are involved. You've come up with a really good result here.
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Doug Somers said 1861 days ago (August 12th, 2014)
marching Happiness
Optimistic and fun, this one moves along at a good clip. One can't sit still listening to it. I like the interplay you have going on between the Tuba and other instruments. There's an endearing quality to this that makes it instantly likeable.

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