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Chapter 2. Get real with MIDI > Sequencing examples - Pg. 15

Get real with MIDI 15 Get a life! Play with others Working with Logic provides a wonderful virtual environment but unfortunately it's usually a solitary one. As well as listening, there is no substitute for actually playing live, in rock bands, jazz bands, wind bands, orchestras, folk groups and so on. The list is endless. This provides invaluable firsthand experience of how real instruments are played. If you can, have a go at some of these instruments. (Ask first of course!) Sequencing examples I mentioned earlier how important it is to use our imagination when playing what are, after all, imag- inary instruments. OK they are samples of real instruments, but lifeless unless we know how to use them. Here are some pointers. Sequencing woodwinds and brass The woodwinds are mainly split into two groups, reed instruments ­ clarinets, oboe, cor anglais (English horn), bassoons, saxophones ­ and flutes, recorders and piccolos. The brass are com- prised mainly of trumpets, trom-bones, horns and tuba. It's important to remember that woodwind and brass players need to breathe! I've heard many a woodwind part ruined by a virtuoso keyboard player who has not thought about this. Be careful not to create overlaps when playing from the keyboard. If it happens (Figure 2.1), then clean them up, from within whichever Edit window you are using, with Functions > Note Events > Note Overlap Correction (Figure 2.2).