Do you write your own music? ✏️
The biggest block I hear from students and fellow musicians about composing is where to start. How do I start? What do I do? What do I need? WHAT EVEN IS MUSIC? 😅
Don’t fear! Here’s a handy hint or two to get the ball rolling and your creative juices flowing. Before you write a single note, brain storm and plan what you want to achieve. Think about why you want to write a piece and what you want it to sound like. If it was finished, how would you describe it? What would it include? How would it start and how would it end? How does it get there? How does it make you feel? What does it remind you of? Using these questions as a starting point to articulate your finished piece before you’ve even started is a great way to focus on your goals and essentially reverse engineer your ideas ⚙️
As well as descriptive elements, try and think about how they can be achieved musically. Do you want to write a piece about a creepy witch in a forest? Then think about whether you want to use a major or minor key. What sort of instruments will give that creepy feel? Will it be fast or slow? Do you want it loud, quiet, lots of sudden changes? Will instruments be different characters? Of course all these things can change once you get notes on a page, but answering questions like these can give you a springboard to dive into your writing with less fear 💪
What would your piece be about?