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 […]
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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. […]
Voting begins now, and ends next Friday, October 4th, 2013, at midnight California time. Vote for your favorite composition!
Hear ye! Hear ye! I’d like to announce the official start of the first Art of Composing Challenge. For this challenge, you will be required to write a piece, based solely on a title and a key signature. There are no restrictions as to instrumentation, style, or time… but keep in mind, if you write […]
What courageous decision are you avoiding, that you know will change your life?
So most of the time, I like to talk about composing on this site, and for good reason… it’s called Art of Composing. But today I thought I would venture into a little more of the motivational side. In the end, it will probably help your composing in one way or another.
When I started this site back in 2011, I wasn’t sure where it was going to take me. I knew I wanted to improve my composing, and I knew I wanted to teach others what I was learning, but I wasn’t sure about anything after that.
Internet Forums, Symbols, Value, and the Golden Rule If you are a regular visitor to artofcomposing.com, you may have realized I have not been posting very much recently. The main reason is, I have been doing a lot of reading. And consequently, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking. Most of this has actually […]
For many people, music theory is a dry, uninteresting subject that is painful to learn, and hard to put into practice. I have never been cursed with this mindset. In fact, I have always enjoyed learning about music and the theoretical aspects behind it. But I am always on the lookout for other ways of […]
Here is another 30 minute composition. This is written in 5/8 time, so there is a constant “incomplete” feeling most of the time… but I kind of like that. As far as composing for 30 minutes, I made it to about bar 24. That is pretty much the exposition for a piece that ended up […]
Enjoy this little ditty. I arranged this back in college, and I always wanted to take it caroling. I once went caroling using a caroling book from the high school band. Needless to say, the arrangements were not very good. Here is my take on an old classic. Sleigh Ride Arranged by Jon Brantingham for […]
In today’s modern world, composers are not the rock stars they used to be. At Beethoven’s funeral, it was estimated that 20,000 people showed up. So this leaves the composers of today with fewer chances for fame and fortune. What options do you have for making a living as a composer? There are a few, […]
Prelude in E major was finished in about 26 minutes. I made some slight changes after entering it into Sibelius.
In my last post, I talked about how I was going to get back into composing short pieces in 30 minutes or less. So here, I am putting my money where my mouth is. This was composed 10 December, in 29 minutes and 50 seconds exactly. Prelude in Eb Major For this piece I was […]
It has been a while since I wrote a post. The main reason being burnout. What’s this you say! Burnout! But I thought you always had passion for composing classical music? Yes it is true. I have noticed a trend in my own approach to hobbies, especially music. It goes something like this: Start to […]
Check out my new free classical music page. It’s a great resource for beefing up your classical music library.
I will finish every composition that I start (except the 9th Symphony. In fact, just stop at the 8th). I will not bask in the glory of my finished composition – that is what amateurs do. I am a professional. I will find something good in every composition I listen to. All composers have something […]