Quick Win #43

Building Blocks for Composition 6

Here's a quick summary of the main takeaways from this Quick Win!

  • you can use any horizontal formula (HF) to create a line, even in the bass
  • although the HF can be pretty long, shorter ones work better as they create shorter blocks that repeat quicker
  • LTs are great to connect your tones chromatically; you might want to leave some space for those chromatic movements and not cover them with something else in another register


Start with a strong lead line, derive your HF from there, and use it in the bass to create new (related) material around your melody. That's an efficient way to create introductions, endings, or interludes to your compositions.