This month, I'll be running a composition course for guitar that's Kindly hosted by the Melbourne Guitar Festival.
Over the past 3 months, hundreds of classical guitarists have taken the course. Many of these guitarists had never composed a piece before and in 1 month, they wrote a complete piece they were very pleased with.
The course is structured, with specific topics and tasks to guide you each week. There's a private Facebook group with a supportive and friendly environment, where you can submit your tasks and see/play other people's music.
To help people get started, we'll be running a free workshop this Wednesday October 7th at 7pm AEST. You can learn more and register at: https://melbourneguitarfestival.com/workshop/
Here are some examples from people who took the course:
Dance Quarantine by David George:
David George had never composed before and wrote this piece (and others) in 1 month. It came about from completing one of the tasks where you're asked to compose a melody using chordal arpeggios (you're also given an appendix that has triads you can practice and use for this task).
"Now, you have got me 'hooked' onto composing more for guitar and hopefully for other instruments as well. Even though I have been teaching music for the past 35 years, I never though I could compose for guitar." --- David George
One Summer's Day by Trisha Budd
Trisha had never composed before, but has now taken quite a liking to it! She started back in July, took the course again in September and is taking the advanced course in November (learn more about that here: [media]https://melbourneguitarfestival.com/a-piece-to-call-your-own/[/media])
"After completing the course, I'm full of enthusiasm and ideas to continue composing, whereas before I had been stuck for how to begin." --- Trisha Budd
Aria by Elise Hermans
Elise had tried composing before in the past, but she never managed to complete something before taking the course. Elise will be taking her skills further in the advanced course happening next month.
“This piece is the result of this 4-week course on composing for classical guitar. For as long as I can remember I had an itch to create music of my own, but I never managed to make it happen: it always ended in loose ideas crumpled in the trashcan and me feeling inadequate.
This course opened up a way to actually start and finish a piece, I have spent hours and hours scribbling and noodling around and just enjoying the process of developing this piece.
If this is a feeling you, as a guitarist, recognize, I highly recommend you this course!
And the most wonderful thing about it is that anyone, no matter your experience or background, can enjoy this course." --- Elise Hermans
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.