Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

New Classical Guitar Album Release

Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, will soon release an album featuring my composition “Parting” I originally wrote for Baroque lute. And did I mention that Paul McCartney’s music will … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Music for Classical Guitar – Recording in Argentina

I am pleased to announce that Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, will record “Parting” for inclusion in his upcoming album release. I am thrilled that my composition will be … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Music For Baroque Lute – Challenges of Composition, Notation, and Interpretation

I chat with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben about “Parting”, a new piece I recently wrote for him. We discuss the challenges of composition, notation, interpretation, and performance on a period … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Parting” for Baroque Lute – New Music for an Old Instrument

Here is the recording of my new piece for Baroque lute, but it’s probably more fun to watch the video of Will Tocaben’s performance:

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Parting for Baroque Lute Now On Video

I composed Parting for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw relationships falling apart and close and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Baroque Lute – Video Shoot

I am working on a music video featuring the new piece I composed for Will Tocaben and his Baroque Lute. No, I didn’t ask him to sit on the floor … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

I hope this is a familiar face and instrument to many of you. I am getting ready for a video shoot with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in a few days. … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Recording New Music for Baroque Lute

I spent several hours with Will Tocaben recording the piece I wrote for him. The process was very tedious and especially challenging since we were not in a soundproof environment. … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben came by the studio again. This time he brought a different, more resonant lute. We spent more time working on the piece I recently wrote for him. Note … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Transcribing Music for Baroque Lute

Here is my new piece for Baroque lute transcribed by Will Tocaben in the traditional tablature. Notice the 6-line staff and letters depicting pitches. I also want to transcribe this … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben came to the studio to go over the piece I wrote for him. We spent almost 3 hours combing through it and Will adjusted the fingering. Only one … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Lute – New Music!

While Will Tocaben is transcribing my new piece from the traditional notation into the Baroque tablature, he is also waiting for his new instrument to be built. Here is the … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Baroque Notation for Lute

Will Tocaben, for whom I have been writing my lute piece, sent me his initial comments. The words “gorgeous” and “falling on the lute perfectly” have been used. Now, I … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Your Title Here – What’s in a Name?

Writing a piece of music is one thing, but finding an appropriate title for it is another. I always know what the piece is about, but it doesn’t always translate … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Piece for Baroque Lute

I have a strong first draft of my Baroque lute piece I have been writing for Will Tocaben. I am going to give it a rest tomorrow and come back … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing for Baroque Lute

You might remember me mentioning that I am writing a piece for a lutenist Will Tocaben. This is the first time I have written anything for a string (strummed) instrument … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Composing for Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben has asked me to write a solo piece for his Baroque lute. It’s a very unique and delicate instrument with 13 courses in D-minor tuning. I have a … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Flute and Lute

I have been playing Bach with Will Tocaben lately. Will is a purist. His lute, as compared to the modern tuning, sounds a whole step lower. I had to transpose … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 1 Comment
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