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Open to free members! This workout is an exercise in re-imagining your music. Sometimes, when you get locked into an idea, it’s hard to imagine it any other way. So we will force ourselves to re-imagine the meter.
Open to free members! Another speed workout, but with a twist. This workout is designed to improve your ability to write without noodling or wasting time. If you find yourself playing around on your instrument for 10 to 15 minutes, only to realize you haven’t written a bar, then this is the workout for you.
Open to free members! The 30 minute composition is a specific kind of workout designed to test all aspects of your composing abilities. Speed, creativity, knowledge of harmony, melody, and form. Setting a time limit of 30 minutes will stress you in new and interesting ways.
Open to free members! This is a creativity workout designed to help you practice getting your ideas down on paper quickly without worrying about what you’ll do with them.
It’s time to go an inch wide and a mile deep. We are starting a series in which we will try to really get to know Mahler… What makes him tick? How did he become great? What are his characteristic style traits and Mahlerisms? Read on to learn about Mahler, the man… the composer.
Orchestration is a tempting thing for any composer. The excitement of conducting your own piece in front of 80-120 players, bringing the audience to tears… it’s hard to beat. But are you ready for it? In this episode, learn about the principles of orchestration.
Failure happens for a reason. And contrary to what you may think, failure can be a good thing. Find out how you can learn to deal with it, and why failure is actually important.
Musical form is a tool that has been used by every great composer from Bach, to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and even living composers. But what is musical form, and how does it work? In this episode learn the fundamentals of classical musical form.
Episode 7 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, we look at creativity – what it is, how to find it, and how to explore your creative boundaries.
Having a mentor can really help catapult your apprenticeship and speed up your process of mastery. But how do you find a mentor? And how do you take advantage of that mentor-protege relationship? Find out in this episode of the Art of Composing Podcast.
http://traffic.libsyn.com/artofcomposing/05_AOC_005_-_The_Pathway_to_Mastery_Part_2_-_The_Ideal_Composer_Apprenticeship.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | MoreEpisode 5 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, I cover the next stage of your pathway to mastery, the apprenticeship. Find out about why an apprenticeship is so important, the different phases of an apprenticeship, and […]
http://traffic.libsyn.com/artofcomposing/04_AOC_004_-_The_Pathway_to_Mastery_Part_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | MoreEpisode 4 of the Art of Composing Podcast. This episode is all about starting on the pathway to mastery. What is mastery? Well, it is the state that you achieve, where you have almost magical powers of control over […]
http://traffic.libsyn.com/artofcomposing/03_AOC_003_-_So_You_Want_to_Become_a_Composer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | MoreEpisode 3 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, I talk about what it takes to start composing immediately. What is in this episode: The mindset you need to learn to compose music. How to approach the […]
There are just too many great melodies to pick from. None the less, I picked 10. These are guys that you can consider kung fu masters of melody. Like Mr. Miyagi says, “Everything is Melody… I mean Kung Fu.” 1. Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thais This is a beautiful piece that has such a […]
Ever wonder what the process of composing music is really all about? Are you confused about how to even start composing, let alone, how to develop a piece of music and when to stop? Find out about the process I go through when composing, and for a special treat, listen to me actually compose an entire piece of music live.
In this first episode of the Art of Composing Podcast, I talk a little bit about who I am, why I started artofcomposing.com, and the Art of Composing Podcast. Next, I go into what music composition is and the stages of learning to compose music… also known as the trivium.
The hardest part of composing is staring at a blank page. It is easy to get caught up in the nothingness and find yourself completely out of ideas. So here are a few tips for generating melodic ideas. Phrase Storming One of my favorite techniques is called Phrase Storming. Basically you try and write out […]
When composing a melody, you have to be able to simultaneously comprehend all of the different aspects of a melody, while at the same time, push them out of the active working part of your mind, so your creativity can take over. This was discussed in my previous article, Creativity and The Importance of Melody. […]