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About Baphomet

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    Starving Musician
  • Birthday 03/05/1989
  1. On a book I read, chord progressions seem to be kind of like the opposite of melody progression, where melody sounds best when you travel through major and minor 2nds and 3rds.
  2. I took a liking to composition since I decided to quit the piano after six months of a meaningless void in my life. Soon after beginning playing around and improvising with the piano again, I strived for more, and have looked for more. I keep finding new things that marvel me and I believe my insatiable drive for learning, combined with a fierce tenacity, will help me become at least a good amateur composer.
  3. To me, improvisation is a skill that is developed over time. It is simply what in literature would be called "free-writing" - writing without a particular idea, just whatever pops into mind. It has several functions: 1. Familiarization with instrument (getting to know the instrument, its limitations and boundaries, ...) 2. Familiarization of yourself through the instrument - improvisation is a way of getting to know yourself, how you express yourself through an aural channel. It may have many more but I may not be aware of it. I usually like to listen to my improvisations and see what I like and don't like. What I like I usually transform it into a proper composition (through several techniques not all too different from creative writing). What I don't like - I take it into account and try to analyze why I don't like it and how I can improve. In a nutshell it is a form of quick thinking that allows you to explore your own expression. Now, a few questions. 1. What other purposes do you think improvisation has? 2. Does improvisation aid in deliberate, and more careful composition? Should one practice more improvisation to build a better musical sense to incorporate in more serious and more conscious compositions*? *My definition of composition is an idea that once materialized, is able to be transformed and subfigured through different techniques to form a piece of a certain duration.
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