Hi! I've been inspired by my awesome music theory instructor to declare my major as music composition; I'll be transferring to Orange Coast College in the Fall, and there's a two year waitlist for the echocardiography program, so I'll be taking music composition courses to pass the time. My fave bands are: HolyHell, Nightwish, Soilwork, Demon Hunter, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Dark Tranquility, DeathStars, Shade Empire, Eluvite, and Callenish Circle. Since my favorite genre of all time is metal, I've decided to re-learn how to play my keyboard from my church pianist (who can get me into the MTAC Certificate of Merit), and join w/ my friend (a cellist of the Bellflower Symphony who's learning electric bass) to form a symphonic power metal band. I'm considering writing fugues and canons, and using the Book of Lamentations and the Book of Revelation as my inspiration for lyrics. I've got a few questions (don't be suprised if I sound like a moron!): 1. How do you compose a melody and bassline? Chord progressions are easy for me, but melodies and basslines escape me 2. Is this a good arrangement: Vocals, synthesizer, lead guitar, and bass playing contrapuntal melodies, the rhythm guitar playing the chords, and the drummer providing the rhythm (obviously)? Or is this "overarranged"? 3. Is this a good, dark, tense sounding chord progression: i-v7o-iii-viio 4. Should we buy a Yamaha N8 8-channel mixer? 5. When someone says "make it nice and heavy", do they mean adding more bass? I've realized that Finale doesn't mix properly...the guitar will overpower EVERYTHING else. Thanks for the advice!