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Wanted to make a piano piece without challenging myself.

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Whenever I try to make a piece for the piano, I always give up halfway because I realize I have no idea what I'm doing. So I decided to do a piece that isn't entirely interesting or challenging, but just something to let me know I can make something 'pretty'

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You say that normally when you write a piano piece, you give up half way through because you don't really know what you're doing.  So, what to do next?  Well, rather than treating this piece as a finished article, treat it as the skeleton of a finished article.

What I mean is that you've got here something that by your own admission is not entirely interesting or challenging, but it could become something much more interesting if you take it and try modulating to different keys, you do already vary the rhythms a little here and there and changing the left hand up every now and then, but keeping the whole thing in the same key is really not good.

have some fun with it and see what you can do.

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On 11/7/2018 at 10:53 AM, Mark101 said:

You say that normally when you write a piano piece, you give up half way through because you don't really know what you're doing.  So, what to do next?  Well, rather than treating this piece as a finished article, treat it as the skeleton of a finished article.

What I mean is that you've got here something that by your own admission is not entirely interesting or challenging, but it could become something much more interesting if you take it and try modulating to different keys, you do already vary the rhythms a little here and there and changing the left hand up every now and then, but keeping the whole thing in the same key is really not good.

have some fun with it and see what you can do.

 

I agree

I just wanted to add a few more suggestions of ways to develop the 'skeleton'

Try adding multiple voices maybe in the left hand (think RH of moonlight sonata mvt. 1) -  this maybe difficult due to the range of movement but might be worth considering

Try incorporating/imitating another style - either a genre or a composer

Try swapping around the hands - having the arpeggiated movement in the RH, higher up etc

Try using different tempos (tempi?) and/or different dynamics  - neither of these change throughout, adding a rit or accel, or a faster/slower section would provide some contrast (similar things for the dynamics)

Overall, just experiment, maybe play it through on a piano a few times and see what works. If you do change it, I'd like to see the new product

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