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.
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.
Effective modulation is one of the skills that sets apart great composers from amateurs. In the 2nd installment of the Art of Modulation series, learn all about common chord modulation, and what it can do for your composing.
Modulation is a tool that every composer needs to master. Learn about the simplest form of modulation – direct modulation.
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 […]
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 […]