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 […]
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis The Lark Ascending
Well… maybe I am just following his. I stumbled across this little ditty on youtube. Is someone doing a little 30 minute composing session… I like to think so.
Feeling down about your last composition? Don’t feel like you are worth anything? The answer is not going to be found in composing…
Have you ever thought about the effect of key signatures on your composing? Does it matter what key signature you compose in, or can you just transpose after the fact and thats that? Key Signatures as Souls Paolo Pietropaolo seems to think that’s not the case. He has put together a very fascinating series on […]
I love the opening to the Gradus by Johann Fux. Josephus: I come to you, venerable master, in order to be introduced to the rules and principles of music. Aloysius: You want, then, to learn the art of composition? Josephus: Yes. [tweetherder text=”Maybe we can all use a dose of humility when it comes to […]
Your best piece is your next one. Never stop.
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 […]
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 […]
The Emotional Process of Composing Music Do you have that desire to compose something great for the world? Did you experience something that you cannot explain in words? Music is an incredible thing, that can express the “inexpressible,” but how does that happen? How do you get from emotion to music? What is your process […]
Enlightenment and Musical Inspiration I have titled the Symphony that I will be writing, The Symphony of Enlightenment. I have done this for several reasons. First, I just like the name, I think it sounds pretty cool, maybe I am a nerd. Second, it will keep me focused on the fact that I am writing […]