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#1149806 - 10/25/08 11:33 PM How to Create Your Own Piano Compositions Quickly and Easily!
quiescen Offline
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Registered: 12/24/04
Posts: 215
Loc: San Diego
Here's one of my favorite methods for quickly blocking out entire sections of music and creating a complete piano composition.

First you need to draw out 8-bars on a piece of paper. I use 8-bars first because it's a relatively small space to "fill up" quickly. You don't have to use notation paper. Any paper will do. In fact, I use a spiral bound notebook with blank pages. I just write out 8-bars and voila, I've jotted down what will become a section of music.

Now, here's the interesting part.[/b] Most composers start with the melody line first. Nothing wrong with this. But if you really want to zap out a section quickly, start with the chord changes. Why? Because you can block out bars of music faster. Here's what I mean.

Say you want to create something in the Key of F Major. Great. Now we know that we have at least 6 chords to work with. By using just 3 chords, we can block out our 8-bars. How? Look… Say we have the F Major 7 chord for the first 4 bars, then comes B flat Major for 2-bars and C 7 for the last 2-bars. We have now created a chord progression and charted it out. You can do this in under a minute. I swear it! It's that easy. Now all you have to do is decide upon the kind of arrangement you'll create for these chords.

It might be arpeggios, block chords, open position chords… whatever. The point here is that by using chords, you can map out a harmonic territory. Now you can either create a melody using these chords, or keep it entirely textural. It's up to you! Try it.

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#1149807 - 11/13/08 03:28 PM Re: How to Create Your Own Piano Compositions Quickly and Easily!
saori Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 10
Loc: Finland
If ones purpose to compose, is to make something QUICK and EASILY, please, never spend another minute composing.

#1149808 - 11/13/08 04:09 PM Re: How to Create Your Own Piano Compositions Quickly and Easily!
sudoplatov Offline
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Registered: 01/14/08
Posts: 78
Loc: Near Dallas Texas
The work is in the revisions, not the original sketch. Sometimes I start with a chord structure; sometimes with just a figure (or several figures.) Everything's up for adjustment.

#1149809 - 11/13/08 06:26 PM Re: How to Create Your Own Piano Compositions Quickly and Easily!
Tar Offline
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Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 296
Loc: Munich, Germany
Originally posted by saori:
If ones purpose to compose, is to make something QUICK and EASILY, please, never spend another minute composing. [/b]
Maybe, but there's nothing wrong with starting something quickly and easily. I find starting drafting a piece the hardest step - once you have a framework you can build your piece on the rest is actually quite straightforward. If you map out the chord pattern, that's 10% of the piece done, but it's the hardest 10%!!

I'd add though, if you can think of a tune, chances are the harmony is already there implicitly. Listen to your own voice very very carefully and you will find the right harmony for your tune. \:\)
Tar Viturawong
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