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love blossom by balajiram



A very pleasant keyboard piece. I cannot say that it evokes any feelings of love for me but it does sound happy. The backing gets a bit repetitive towards the end so perhaps a future version with a key change or two might be an idea.
Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 12-Mar-2015
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

Give Ear to My Word by Jodiann



Hi Jodiann,
Sounds like a good tune, sung with feeling but the recording lets it down rendering the words unintelligible. The problem either lies with the equipment you are using or bit rate of the mp3. When uploading mp3s you need a bit rate of at least 128 and preferably 192 to provide a decent sound quality. If you have any questions regarding recording equipment or methods then drop me a message and I will try to advise you as best I can.
Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 09-Mar-2015

Symphony #9 - Clouds - I. Cumulus by Edward Schaffer
Chapter 1 of the book Symphony #9, Op 186



A lot of work there. In the opening sequence I liked the surprise move to that 4th chord. It is always a gamble when we leave the safety of a predictable progression but you got away with it. The mid section carried on well but to my ear there was a slight clash between the woodwind and the harp in places towards the end.

Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 31-Jan-2015

New Life by Mike Parenti



Well done Mike for a good bit of rock. I like the lead guitar which is tuneful without simply being a blur of notes. The thing that stops it getting a six is the timing of some of the lines. There are pauses and rushes in places which disrupt the flow of the words. Iron these out and I think it would improve the piece.
Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 19-Jan-2015

Parallel Universe by serahb1



This is pretty rough and your voice does not always hit the the right pitch but... you have all the elements that could make a great song. The instrumental moments, changes of rhythm etc are text book and show great promise for the future. Regarding your vocal pitch make sure you can hear yourself as well as the backing track by only wearing one side of your headphones. This allows your open ear to hear what you are singing.
There are a couple of years hard work ahead of you but it will be worth it, you have the talent.
Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 25-Dec-2014
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

In the Comfort of Home by Jun Naotsuka



Nice and melodic and played with plenty of feeling. I am glad you finished on a major chord, home should after all be a happy place.
Blessings
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 16-Nov-2014
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

Light Blue by Wallace



Described as a bluesy guitar solo this piece seems to be neither. The structure is more jazz like in its complexity and the midi sound is more like a clavichord than a guitar. About half way there are some slow chords which begin to help and trying to think yourself into a guitarist's technique will help you in future compositions.

John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 06-Sep-2014
Read and reviewed with blinders on.

I promise By Cadence by cadencepage



A very good piece of pop music, well performed and produced. It could by improving the drum track which I found a bit piercing and mechanical. All the best.
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 06-Sep-2014

Firestorm by Soundman



There is plenty happening here with some good riffs and cool choices of instrumentation. However it is just a backing waiting for a tune, the chord structure seems to lacks any logic. Try adding a lead line and think about using fewer chords in future compositions. Generally a mix a chords 1,4,5 and m6 give a good ground bass with the occasional jump to an unrelated chord to add variety.
All the best,
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 06-Aug-2014

A Dream Within A Dream by box204j



A pleasant easy listening piece with good balance between the instruments. The xylophone is perhaps not the best lead instrument, splitting the lead between 3 instruments would improve things while the xylophone would be ideal as a filler between verses. Without lyrics it is unlikely that this piece will fare well in the competition but I wish you all the best.
John
Comment Written by John David Coupland on 06-Aug-2014


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