Defining creative problems is a powerful tool for growth as a composer. You’re probably not doing it right. Here’s how.
Part of the difficulty in teaching composition, is that once you become good at composition, you start to lose touch with the learning process. I have always strove to teach from the view point of someone learning. But recently I’ve been reminded about what it’s like to be a beginner. Over the last few weeks, […]
Sometimes, you just don’t have the motivation to compose. Why? Deep down, you know you want to compose, but you can’t pull yourself away from the latest binge on Netflix. In this article, I’ll dig into intrinsic motivation, what it is, what it isn’t, and what you can actually do to improve your motivation for […]
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.
I am a huge proponent of studying music theory. I have many reasons for this, but the main reasons really comes back to this – good music theory is written by very smart people thinking very deeply about what great composers have done. Sometimes they miss the mark. But sometimes they are able to describe […]
What is it that is getting in the way of your creativity? Is it something insurmountable, or is it really your bad habits and composing process? In this article, we are going to examine writer’s block, and what we can do about it. Self-Analysis When we sit down to compose, and nothing great happens, what […]
Composing shouldn’t just be something you do, it should be a habit. What do I mean by habit? Habits don’t have to be just bad, they can and are good things. You just need to know what makes them work, and how you can affect them. What is a Habit? In my last post, I […]
So recently I have not been posting much. Hopefully you have noticed this, as that means you are a regular visitor. None the less, I would like to talk about it because I think there are ways to always be learning in life and this is one of them. A Hub for Learning Music Composition […]
Merry Christmas I’d like to start off by saying I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Learning to Cook and Learning to Compose For some reason, learning to cook popped up in my mind as similar to learning how to compose music. When you think about it, you have some of the same things at […]
Learning How to Compose Music – Chasing a Dream? Learning to compose music is a funny thing. I seem to hear a lot, and read a lot, that composing cannot be taught. Why is it that so many people think this? Is it true that composition can’t be taught? Throughout the article, I’ll keep a […]
This is a pretty awesome recording to watch. I am a very amateur pianist, but I have found myself getting more and more into Bach. Here is a great video of a guy named David Briggs improvising a fugue.
Musical Phrases – The Big Picture “Man that was a great two bar continuation phrase, with awesome fragmentation and melodic liquidation!” Super Music Nerd In the grand scheme, no one is going to listen to your Symphony and say, “Man, that was a great two bar phrase.” Well… maybe some music nerds, like me, but […]
To Compose Music by Hand, or Compose by Computer? That is the Question. Recently I have been writing a lot more music by hand and I have noticed something drastic. The music is better. Now, this is my opinion, others may not think so, but none the less, my opinion is what really matters to […]
Your Home Music Composing Studio Yes, your home composing studio. The space where all the magic happens. There are several things that you need to consider in setting up the idea environment for composing and to be most productive. These are: Home Composing Studio Setup Areas of Focus Privacy Ambient Sound Organization Capabilities Feng Shui […]