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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Are you having trouble finishing your compositions? Do you get a few bars in, and then an hour later realize you haven’t really accomplished anything? You may have a problem. You may be suffering from… cant-get-away-itis. Sounds like The Two Week Phrase Seriously though, there is something about being able to escape that is important […]
Who are you composing for? Are you writing for virtuosos? Is Lang Lang in your sites? I am going to make a recommendation. You should be composing with only one performer in mind. That is the person who will most likely play your music. Is your piece even playable? “Play me one of you […]
Are you a music snob? If you don’t find at least one thing good about each composition you listen to… you may be a music snob.
Learn to finish your musical compositions and then move on without worrying about them. You will start to improve your skills and more importantly, will become more professional and goal oriented in your composing.
Everyday, each one of us faces about 10,375,238 things to do. You have to exercise, feed the cat, make breakfast, shower, brush your teeth, go to work, take the car to the shop, buy a new pair of shoes, etc… So it is as a composer, you probably feel the need, as I do, that […]