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the sheet music dealers throughout the country in a general way. All these periodicals are published in New York.
Local promotion, however, and your own personal efforts earnestly exerted in the direction of making the composition the "popular" hit of your particular city or locality, are the best means after all, for if the piece has merit and you con­trive to have it sung and played at every conceivable oppor­tunity, it will spread rapidly, news of it will be carried to other towns and cities, some one will sing it there, others will want copies, and a sort of endless chain is set in motion.
As soon as your composition shows signs of recognition by the public, and consequently of possessing the essentials of popularity, it is a good plan to expend a little more money in having it arranged for orchestra or brass band, or both, and then printed in this form.
If your composition is a song, have it arranged in some popular dance form such as a waltz, two-step or schottische, for orchestra. A skilful arranger who is accustomed to such work can readily adapt any style of popular song to one or other of the above mentioned forms of dancing. This being done, secure a list of the names and addresses of all the local band and orchestra leaders. Mail to each of them a copy, accompanied by a neat and concise note requesting them to play the piece at all their dances and engagements. If ' programs are used, ask them to print the title on same. Should your composition show signs of popularity around town, these leaders will be only too glad to play the ar­rangement.
But remember a good arrangement for either brass band or orchestra is imperative. Some arrangers are adepts in preparing a composition for large orchestras, but the ar-
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