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Offline SadisticKeith

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« on: September 24, 2011, 04:36:08 AM »
Just thought I would touch on how you can take one song, switch it around with the least bit of variation and get something completely different.

If you take a look here you will see an excerpt from the the guitar tab for In The Hall Of The Mountain King:


Now if you take a look here you will see part of the theme from the popular cartoon series Inspector Gadget:


Upon close inspection (no pun intended), you will notice that both tabs are nearly identical. Except for a few note changes and rhythm changes. "In the Hall Of The Mountain King" is played with a straight eighth note (2 notes per ONE beat) feel against a 4/4 time signature (4 beats per measure). While "Gadget" is also played against a 4/4 time signature (I believe). What sets it apart is that a few notes from "Hall" have been omitted and the rhythm has been switched to a more *syncopated* feel and the use of **staccato** notes have been added. There is an old saying in music composition: "Good composers borrow, but great composers STEAL." By borrowing a passage from a piece of music the music itself is left intact and identical to the source, while  typically when a composer "steals" from a piece of music they take the basic idea and toy around with it in an attempt to hide the original source and in doing so often attempt to create something "original" from a statement or idea that has already been made by another. This is a great example of that as you could argue that "Inspector Gadget" was entirely influenced by "In the Hall of The Mountain King" and it is hard to argue otherwise after seeing the similarities. Hopefully this will help with your own compositions. As always if there are any thoughts or questions please post them here and keep this thread active.

*Syncopation: A shift of accent in a passage or composition that occurs when a normally weak beat is stressed

**Staccato: A: Cut short or apart in performing
                  B: Marked by short clear-cut singing of tones or chords.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2015, 05:03:40 PM by SadisticKeith »


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