I have recently begun with music composition and I'd really like to know what methods do you use for expressing your ideas. Most of the time I find myself simply opening the MIDI editor and starting to write music. The problem with this method is that I tend to concentrate solely on the actual sound (with reverbs and choice of instruments) while neglecting more important parts like melody and basic structure. Therefore my pieces often end up as a total mess with no order and consistency.
I really wonder how some of you do it. How do you write down your first ideas? Do you simply take pen and paper and write down main motif? Do you write a mindmap that helps you with the structure? Do you record different ideas and then choose between them? Do you actually write a complete score before you jump into MIDI editor?
Thank you for your help
Thank you! When she was younger (around 2 or so) she did like them a lot, especially the Twinkle, Twinkle variations which I used as a lullaby for her. Now her tastes have matured, she likes Beethoven and Prokofiev so I can't say I blame her!