Music Composition

The basic vocabulary of music as we know it has been around for centuries, dating as far back as Medieval times. While we know ancient music existed, it hasn’t been well documented. Since the early days of documented music, our melodies and harmonies have evolved to the point where virtually any combination of notes is […]

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A recent post asked about the basic approach to vocal composition. While this subject deserves more of a discussion than I can supply in this format, I can give you a few quick tips to get you started. One simple way to approach vocal writing is to think of the choir as one body of […]

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In the broadest sense, a meter is simply a description of the rhythmic feel of the music. For example, a 4/4 meter at a moderate tempo might be described as having a “walking” feel. Likewise, a 6/8 meter might be described as having a “hopping” feel. When composing, our choice of meters is always a […]

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We experience music in time. While we can perceive the complete scope of a painting in just moments, music slowly reveals itself one second at a time. This gives the composer complete control over how the audience experiences the composition. It also becomes a factor in the creation of the composition itself Knowing there is […]

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As a composer, you might use many different methods to construct a musical composition. You could plunk out a few notes on your instrument and see what develops. You could also pick an exciting rhythmic pattern and see if it inspires a melody. You could even listen to some of your favorite music and try […]

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There is probably no greater drudgery to the budding musician than learning and practicing scales. This is not a glamorous activity by any means. But for the composer, learning the musical scales is an absolute necessity. All melodies and harmonies originate from scales. To the advanced musician, that statement might sound incorrect. After all, melodies […]

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As a working composer, I have to create large amounts of quality music in very short periods of time. This is not meant to sound boastful. It is simply the requirement for working as a Hollywood composer “for hire.” I’d like to say that I produce absolutely original, never before heard pieces of music every […]

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