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Do you recommend Music Composition for Dummies?


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Hello everyone,,

I attended music school for 8 years, from ages 7 to 15. I was studying piano, but since I went to a public school with government approved study plan, I also studied some basic music theory.

I understand intervals, showbox.bio/ tutuapp.uno/  vidmate.vet/ basic chords (all thirds and a dominant seven) and scales, but they didn’t teach anything about composition, so how all these elements work together in music.

Would you recommend the book Music Composition for Dummies for someone like me????

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On 2/23/2019 at 9:27 AM, Kidbooo said:

Hello everyone,,

I attended music school for 8 years, from ages 7 to 15. I was studying piano, but since I went to a public school with government approved study plan, I also studied some basic music theory.

I understand intervals, showbox.bio/ tutuapp.uno/  vidmate.vet/ basic chords (all thirds and a dominant seven) and scales, but they didn’t teach anything about composition, so how all these elements work together in music.

Would you recommend the book Music Composition for Dummies for someone like me????

 

I would not. You basically already have all the building blocks to compose ready. 

The best way to get started is to just pick a scale and write a melody, then put chords to it. On the most basic level it's as simple as matching a triad from the scale that contains many of the given notes in the phrase/bar/beat. Put a bassline underneath on the root notes with some passing tones in between to smooth it out, and there you go. Try to make each note in a chord move to the nearest chord tone in the next chord.

Studying existing music and just mimicking stuff you like is easily more valuable than most books when it comes to learning.  

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I learned everything I knew in high school through YouTube and I got to skip the first 2 music theories in college and aced the second 2 very easily. My composition teacher is very impressed with my work . I can definitely recommend YouTube as a great source but make sure to be careful about what you learn it might not always be the best and find someone to have as a mentor to talk to about all of the new information you learned. Hope this helps 🙂https://forpc.onl/snaptube-for-pc/ jiofilocalhtml

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You play piano so you can see how chords look on a keyboard - especially the vertical spacing. However, if you compose at the piano beware literally transcribing piano music for an orchestra note for note. There's an art to arranging. If you want to write for orchestra, have a look at scores and get to understand the characteristics of each instrument, how it's played, what it's capable of doing. It'll take time but you probably already know that!

If you can, talk to performing musicians. It might cost you a few beers but always worthwhile.

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Musical composition can be a deeply personal form of expression, helping to build confidence and self-respect, increase musical skills and open doors to new opportunities. Young people have strong individual ideas which can be expressed articulately and imaginatively in their own compositions. get-vidmate.com  instagram saver

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