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Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?

From: Flaming Hakama by Elaine
Subject: Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:41:19 -0700

From: Tom Cloyd <address@hidden>
To: Frauke Jurgensen <address@hidden>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:24:48 -0700
Subject: Re: Is lilypond really suitable for composing?
100% in agreement. Developing that inner ear is immeasurably valuable, but it takes effort, and that effort is made only when there's motivation. Having only oneself to rely on provides the context for that motivation. (HA! Can you guess MY occupation?)

I call hogwash.  Developing inner ear has nothing to do with using pencil & paper vs using notation software.  A more meaningful distinction is whether you are composing by ear or not:

* If you are plucking out every note and chord at the piano, then notating the ones you like with pencil & paper (or into notation software), you are NOT developing your inner ear.
* If you come up with all the notes in your head and enter them directly into notation software (or on paper), then you are are using your inner ear.

I agree that the processes of composition, arranging/orchestration and engraving are distinct, and should be approached as such.  And I agree that developing your inner ear is crucial.  But you can do all of that with the help of notation software, or not.

David Elaine Alt
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