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Old 08-27-2017, 12:07 PM   #101
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I think those work, yeah. I think it makes it reasonably clear that the Savoir-Faire ones only apply to criminal activity within that subculture, while the Streetwise one is more general.
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Old 08-27-2017, 01:32 PM   #102
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Thanks - you have the knack of spotting holes in my ideas.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:55 PM   #103
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How about these?

<Performer> (Musical Composition (Form)). A particular musical form, such as the verse-chorus form of modern rock songs, or the strophic form of many folk, pop and blues songs is a valid optional specialisation for Musical Composition. It's possible to buy a technique for that optional specialisation to make songs especially suited to a particular performer or group. Many singer-songwriters specialise in themselves.

<Performer> (Poetry (Song)). Writing lyrics for songs is a valid optional specialisation for poetry. It's possible to buy a technique for that optional specialisation to make songs especially suited to a particular performer or group. Many singer-songwriters specialise in themselves.
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Old 09-10-2017, 02:52 PM   #104
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Sounds good to me! I wouldn't restrict it to the optional speciality, though - there are enough performers out there that have multiple styles, and I think it's reasonable to buy a technique to work with that performer off the general Musical Composition or Poetry skill.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:54 PM   #105
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Sounds good to me! I wouldn't restrict it to the optional speciality, though - there are enough performers out there that have multiple styles, and I think it's reasonable to buy a technique to work with that performer off the general Musical Composition or Poetry skill.
I was cautious about that, because I lack any real-world experience of composition and have only trivial amounts in writing lyrics. I felt sure that restricting the techniques to the optional specialities was narrow enough.

I see these techniques as being something used by artists without lots of talent, but with plenty of craftsmanship. Highly talented people don't really need them.

Does anyone have experience or sources to add?
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:23 AM   #106
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Well, I've written quite a few lyrics and several tunes, mostly for myself. But even though I took no particular trouble to make them performable by other people, other people have had no problem doing just that.

Writing for a specific performer might be respecting their limitations and/or showing them to best advantage ("I'm writing a show piece for Ivan Rebroff so I'll use all of the four and a half octaves that he can sing in") but I don't find myself convinced that there's enough that's distinctive about a performer that writing specifically for them would be a whole point's worth of knowledge.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:51 AM   #107
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Writing for a specific performer might be respecting their limitations and/or showing them to best advantage ("I'm writing a show piece for Ivan Rebroff so I'll use all of the four and a half octaves that he can sing in") but I don't find myself convinced that there's enough that's distinctive about a performer that writing specifically for them would be a whole point's worth of knowledge.
Maybe it's a Hyperspecialization perk. I'm not entirely convinced it's a specialization of the songwriter though - presumably anybody else able to pull off the same octave range could sing your song as well as Ivan. What you've done there is write a piece that is *hard to perform*, not one that's "better" in some way, which would be what a bonus to your composition skill would seem to indicate. I suspect it's a trait Ivan has - maybe Hyperspecialization (songs demanding huge range) - instead, that gives him a bonus to perform your work, offsetting the penalty it imposes on anybody else for being ridiculously difficult.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:28 PM   #108
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I think I've been trying too hard to try to invent Techniques, so I'm going to stop trying to post them weekly.
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