In Dorico on mac, F3 should open the mixer, not launch mission control. Fluor fixes that.
Watch me compose as quick as I can in five minutes. The goal of this episode is to just show you what it’s like to sit down and write some music. It’s really no big deal. I sit. I play. I write.
Sketching music is something that every composer must do. But there seems to be very little practical information about the process. So I am setting out to explore what it means to sketch music, techniques of sketching music, and why you should be working on sketching.
The composing process is messy, but having a solid understanding of it, can lead to better compositions. Learn about the first stage pre-composition.
Jazz musicians can teach composers a thing or two. Especially highly accomplished jazz musicians, such as Bill Evans. In this article, we take a deep dive into the universal mind of Bill Evans. We’ll learn how he thinks about creating, mastery, and teaching. Read More
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.
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.
Why It Is Okay to Copy Other Composers (Preferably Public Domain) I am currently listening to the third movement of Mendelssohn’s 5th Symphony, “Reformation”. I have heard some people say that Mendelssohn lost his youthful edginess and his later music just doesn’t reflect the genius of his earlier pieces like the Octet or Midsummer Night’s […]
How to Really Start Improving Your Composing Since I started artofcomposing.com back in August of 2011, I have been searching for different methods, techniques, theory… in fact just about anything that can improve my composing. You Are What You Eat Along the way, I’ve read some great books on psychology and mastery. Influencer: The New […]
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 […]
Recently I’ve had ideas for a novel, that I think could be pretty good… if not down right awesome. The problem is, I don’t know how to write. Actually, I know how to write, I just don’t know how to write a 50,000 word novel. When I originally had the idea, I decided to do […]
Actually, thats not true, but hopefully I got your attention. The fact is, most people will get this idea in their head at least once in their career. Many will get it over and over again. So let’s take a look at why you may think your compositions suck. I have spent the last year […]
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…
I received this letter today from a reader of the blog named Wes Bain. It was meant to be a comment to an article I wrote entitled, “Composing Music by Hand vs Software“, but. I found this to be very interesting reading. He’s currently triple majoring (I don’t know how you could have the energy for […]
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 […]
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 […]