Is this a reasonable dual-boot partition scheme for my needs? (Ubuntu/Win10)

Linux n00b here, hoping to attempt my first dual boot Ubuntu setup alongside Windows, been reading up on the partitioning scheme for 3 days solid now and just wanted to get some second opinions on what i've come up with before taking the plunge!

My Current Situation:
I'm running an Acer Aspire V5 laptop with Intel Core i3, 6GB RAM, 500GB HD.

I had originally planned to install alongside Windows 8.1 but then Windows put the time limit on upgrading to Windows 10, so I upgraded yesterday and quite like it so I think i'd like to keep it. Hopefully this doesn't totally change my plans for Ubuntu.

I'm not sure if upgrading to Windows 10 will have any major effect on how I should set up my partitions, but it may be worth noting that it has added a new recovery partition (Primary 4, 822MB) in addition to the one that was already there from Windows 8.1.

My Goals:
I DJ and produce music which means juggling around large collections of audio files, so i'm really hoping to optimise my setup for easy data transfer between operating systems.

I use a lot of Windows specific plugins so i'm hoping to leave Windows plenty of room to breathe, but I also want to give Linux a decent wedge, have a reasonable shared NTFS volume for moving music files back and forth between Windows/Linux, and i'd also like to ideally put a chunk aside for experimenting with alternative distros in future without having to wipe out my Ubuntu installation.

My current Windows partition scheme looks like this:

PRIMARY 1 Windows 8.1 Recovery Partition (300MB)
PRIMARY 2 EFI System Partition (100MB)
PRIMARY 3 C: - Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition (464.44GB) [NTFS]
PRIMARY 4 Windows 10 Recovery Partition (822MB)

And here is what i've come up with for the dual boot:

PRIMARY 1 Windows Recovery Partition (300MB)
PRIMARY 2 EFI System Partition (100MB)
PRIMARY 3 C: - Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition (304.11GB) [NTFS]
EXTNDED (3):
Logical 1. swap (8GB) [linux-swap]
Logical 2. / (50GB) [ext4]
Logical 3. /home (52GB) [ext4]
Logical 4. distro2 (20GB) [ext4]
Logical 5. shared (30GB) [NTFS]
(TOTAL: 160GB)
PRIMARY 4 Windows 10 Recovery Partition (822MB)

Does this seem like a reasonable structure for what i'm hoping to achieve?

My laptop is UEFI boot but I have downloaded EasyBCD so I can hopefully fix any bootloader issues that might come up, although I must admit I am still a little hazy in this area with regards to any precautions I may need to take around UEFI. I have been switching to Legacy BIOS in order to boot from my live Linux USB, but I'm somewhat confused as to what effect (if any) this will have on the installation process. Any links to further reading on this topic would be welcome!

Thanks in advance for any info or advice, really looking forward to getting involved with the community here :)

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