If you've ever tried to compose, you might find out that it's hard to get started.
And if you do get started, it's can be hard to finish!
This is what Julie had trouble with, but after taking my online course 'A Piece to Call Your Own,' she composed this gorgeous piece in just 1 month.
Before you start composing something, questions will probably start flooding your mind. Things like:
- What key should the music be in?
- How will the music develop?
- What chords should I use?
- How long should the melodies be?
- How do I transition from one section to the next?
Yes, it can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be.
A great way to get started with composing a full piece is to model a piece you already know.
Doing that will answer all of those questions.
It will give you a clear template to follow, so you don't have to think about all the theoretical details - just get immersed in the music!
What's exciting about this is that there are many different models to follow - as many models as there are pieces. That means you can use this process over and over again, just as Julie can now do:
"I had no clue how to get started but now I have a clear road map for my next piece!"
Departing from the model
Dr. Daniel Nistico is a passionate performer, author and educator who specializes in the performance practice of 18th and 19th century guitar music. Daniel's teaching and research aims to revitalize the concept of being a well-rounded musician, with emphasis on topics like harmony that can lead to deeper musical understanding and provide tools for composing and improvising.