Music Composers Unite!
I'm a self-taught guitarist from 15 (now 22) and I have done some amount of composing over the years but in the last year or two have been unable to write or complete anything I start. I believe the original ideas I form are of substance, but I can never seem to get that next riff/section out.
I am looking for guidance, I'd also love to learn how to really analyse compositions and I'm guessing for that I have to be able to hear what scales are being used in a piece? Where would I learn to develop that ability?
I am really enjoying this forum from what I have been reading and hope to post some work when I am able to finish it.
Fredrick's comment is accurate, I think. This is something which everyone will experience, sometime or other. You can get through it by a) taking the pressure off yourself- it's only music, noone's life is one the line! and b) sticking to something even when discouraged. You may think it's total crap for a long time but at some point you will immerse yourself in what you're doing, find something cool in it, and that's the feeling you lock on to.....from then on you will find progress is automatic.
Learning music is an endless study, and also endless fun. There are so many ways. Scales are part of it but on the way to that the basic harmonic relationships are the main thing. Try playing along to songs on CD or the radio, you'll soon get a feel for it. There are also many great resources for getting to grips with harmony, much of it free on the web. I recommend Jim Aiken's book however, as one which is very musician-friendly:
Also, self-taught is ok, but do look for mentors here & there.....maybe a more experienced guitarist for instance - not neccessarily for loads of lessons, but just to check your direction. When I started playing drum kit at 13, I had no idea what the hihat was for, and I held my sticks like chopsticks!! ...incredible really, but if you don't ask you'll never know.
It's also good to give something back as you go along...even if it's just listening to a neighbour's kid play the piano. When you start to talk to other people about music, it helps you to define your own ideas and also appreciate your abilities and areas which need attention.
So have fun & good luck!!
and, how about that! -you could start here with the Forums very own Pete Whitfields clear introduction to basic chord relationships:
I recommend to start with understanding of basic music forms up to the sonata allegro form. Independently of the way you study this, try to compare the structure of music masterpieces, which you like, with the structure of literature or cinema masterpieces, which you like. There is much in common in the psychology of a listener/reader/spectator.
Also, sight-reading music is very important; it is as important as reading books for a cultured man. The best way to do this is listening to music and tracing the corresponding score. Start with simple piano pieces, gradually removing the audio so that you recall it mentally.
That was really helpful thank you.
I've done a small amount of study at uni (took a class here and there) but he explained everything in an easy to understand manner.
I will be sure to read up on music forms in some spare time! As for sight reading, I can do it with tab does that count? I can read script to play piano, but manly know tab for guitar. I mainly compose on guitar and guitar pro 5 which I use both tab and script to read now but a 7-string guitar is somewhat difficult to right for in script (for me anyway).
This is the peace I worked on, as I said its not mixed well.
I basically wanted to mix 'metal' with that 'jazzy' big band and I should have done research into big band, but just going from what I've herd in movies... The main thing I wanted was to make it groovy. I was also originally going to record a distorted guitar into the mix (mostly for the chorus etc) but I had to hand it in the next day and decided just to do a quick improve guitar solo (horribly not mixed) towards the end. But I mainly enjoy writing drums as I used to play drums in a jam band and loved improvising.
Wyatt, can you please upload your mp3 into your profile here in Composers Forum? Your link seems to be not safe as to popups and ads.