If you can play something on the guitar then you can compose too (and compose well!).
So, why isn't a guitarist like yourself encouraged to compose?
It's the best way to learn about style, form, ornaments, harmony - you name it.
Why does a guitarist like you (and for a long time, me) choose to struggle playing pieces that are often beyond your capabilities?
Why not instead compose something that is within your limits and at the same time learn a ton about music too.
Then at the end of it all, you have something of your own to play - something truly special and remarkable that you can share with your friends, family and colleagues.
It doesn't have to be long and complex. Just short and simple gives you something beautiful.
And best of all, you can use what you already know as inspiration.
Frank's Inspiration - may it inspire you!
Frank composed a gorgeous tremolo piece in 1 month, through taking my online composition course (see video below to hear his piece).
Before doing that, he was a typical serious amateur player of today, one who:
- Plays pieces that everyone else plays
- Practices the same exercises everyone else practices
- Isn't trained much in harmony, form, analysis, etc.
Composing defies these norms.
After composing his own piece, Frank now has the ability to do it again and again and again. It gives him pieces that no one else on earth will have played, plus an extremely strong understanding of music. It deepens his relationship with the guitar, teaching him more about its inner workings, patterns and possibilities.
Below is a recording of his piece. I hope it inspires you to defy the norms and start doing something extraordinary.
It's time to kick that frustration, hardship and tedious attitude towards the guitar in the butt. You don't have to keep on following the same systems as everyone else - take the ultimate challenge below and you'll have lots of incredible, unique and fulfilling work ahead.
Ultimate Composition Challenge
1) Find a piece you love and can comfortably play
2) Analyze the basic content of that piece (form, key, harmony, phrase structure, etc.)
3) Compose something based on that piece (model composition)
Complete this challenge and you will go really deep in learning about the repertoire you can already play. Plus you'll wind up with a brand new piece of your own!
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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.