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Alfred Sherer

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Alfred Sherer last won the day on March 20 2021

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  1. Thank you so much Kristiana.  You critique is much appreciated ... I was hoping to get some feed back and you have been most generous.  The need for the personality, you speak of, in the repeated line "that Christmas brings each year" caught my attention.   In fact I have subtitled this song "What Christmas brings each year."  As far as I understand your point - I guess it would be up to the singer to do this.. i.e inject some personality into this line.  But I have often wondered does this line leave the listener with a message that is obvious and  predictable. Would making it more personable be more effective such as "Christmas, my time of year".   any ideas???

    1. Kristiana Azariah

      You're very welcome, Alfred.  It would be up to the vocalist to infuse some personality into that line.  In answer to your question, "Is it obvious and predictable"? Well...yes...but I think that ought to be what you're going for for memory purposes.  Listeners like to sing along with Christmas songs, especially nostalgic ones, and if you create a hook line that's repeated and easy to anticipate and remember, it will make that easier for them and with this type of song, you DO want them to want to sing along.  I would save the more personable and effective for another type of song and make THIS ONE fun and easy to sing along with.  Those are my thoughts on it. ;)

    2. Alfred Sherer

      Thanks Kristiana... considered it done. I'm already working on a more personable Christmas song... called Christmas Day.  I'll keep you posted.  Al

    3. Kristiana Azariah

      Awesome!  I look forward to hearing/seeing it!

  2. Thanks again David. I did order "Home Recording for Beginners" and also Reaper's Guide... hopefully I'll get the learning curve going. Thanks again... I'll only "call" (maybe yell) if I get into a real jam.... Best, Al
  3. Hi again David... I'll try not to be a pest ... but.... I downloaded Reaper and saw the ReWire function.... but to be honest ... every time I try something unknown on a computer I get into deep ----! So... what should happen if I "slave" Sibelius to Reaper and how do I do it..... just so you know ... this is going to take some courage.... but thanks for your advise and expertise. I really can't wait to do my first recording. Al
  4. Thanks to you both... I have a nice little quiet room which I'll work on to get the environment right... also, I have been searching (via google) all kinds of DAW systems, sound cards, audio-interfaces for hours.... I wanted to keep it simple to start and see where it goes... so to clarify you comment David.. when you say "playback system" what do mean exactly? speakers? etc.? Thanks, Al PS I have already ordered the pop screen. thanks again for the advice.
  5. Hi to All. Here is what I have.... I have composed music for piano on Sibelius 7 First soft ware and downloaded it to wave format (can convert to MP3). I have (or will have) a PG42USB Side Address Condenser Microphone for USB Plug&Play What do I need to simply record my vocal to the music I have composed? i.e. I play the music on my computer and record my voice to it. I want to make a good recording - semi-professional - that doesn't sound like I recorded it in the garage with traffic going by. Do I need a audio recording software... Reaper? Do I need a audio interface such as Avid? doesn't the USB mic make this redundant? Any help that is not technically challenging would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to learn but I need to start simple. Thanks, Al
  6. Also.... where does one find the Board Guidelines???? for posting

    1. Alfred Sherer

      I found them.... thanks

    2. Lisa Gates

      just takes a little searching and you'll find all you need! :-)

  7. So being a complete Neubee .. how does one post a song from their SoundCloud acct. to a Songstuff post to be critiqued.

    1. Stova007

      Hi Alfred. Go to your song on Soundcloud and click the "share" button below it. Then copy and paste that highlighted link into your post on this forum.

    2. Alfred Sherer

      Thanks... this is good.

  8. Well... so it starts.... where will it lead? 1. Do you sing, play an instrument or instruments? piano What instruments?piano When did you start playing? started lessons at 8, dropped them at 14... too bad ... but still playing Did you teach yourself? 2. Are you in a band or bands? No What is the name of the band? What do you play? What other instruments are in the band? Do you have a band website? 3. Do you write songs? Yes Do you write lyrics, music or both? Both Do you have a writing partner? no.. not yet 4. Do you record your music? Do you use a home studio? yes ; If so what gear do you use? Sebelius 7 First Do you use a recording studio? no Do you have music available on the web? yes; if so where? sound cloud ... Alfred Dean 5. What other roles do you perform in the music business? consumer Management? Label owner? Publishing? Promotion? Other? 6. Are you a tech head?no but would like to improve and at least speak the language 7. What country do you live in? USA 8. What are your ambitions? Publish/record my music 9. Do you draw/paint/write stories/computer art/dance or other creative pursuit? write stories/ musicals What are your pastimes? What to you think? 10. What would you like to get out of Songstuff? Knowedge/connections/collaborations --> become a better composer and lyricist and learn to arrange/orchestrate
  9. Welcome to the forums Alfred Sherer :) Please take time to make your FIRST POST to introduce yourself to our community on our Introduce Yourself board

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