How to Write Music
Every composer or songwriter wants to create masterpieces. You've probably experienced already that knowing a bit of traditional music theory is not enough to write great music. That's why Music Interval Theory Academy dedicates this blog to the application so you can turn into the best music creator you can be!
It's easy to talk about music theory and what you should do to become a better composer. Let's skip that step. Instead, we want to focus on real music and real compositions in this blog.
Creating music should be fun! It's all about musical storytelling and how to guide your audience emotionally. We help you draw the line from music theory to the application so that you'll never face writer's block again.
Watching somebody do the work can be quite helpful and inspiring, but we want you to master these skills and therefore, we provide you with worksheets, checklists, and other downloadable materials.
The Circle of Fifths
At our Academy, we refer to the Circle of Fifths as the "Root Cycle 5" (RC5), in which '5' indicates five chromatic steps between all the tones involved. It's one of the essential tools for composition and songwriting in our Western culture!
In this segment of the blog, we show you exactly how you can use the hidden information from the RC5 to write beautiful music based on the concepts that we teach at Music Interval Theory Academy. So, let's dive into the articles.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Unlock the musical secrets from the Circle of Fifths, and push your composition skills to the next level. We focus on practicality and help you turn dry music theory into a powerful source of creativity!
It's all about how to compose efficiently and how to write music that actually matters and makes a difference!
All based on Interval Theory!
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A Personal Message
Why do I care about this Journey with you?
Hi, my name is Frank, and I'm the co-founder of Music Interval Theory Academy. Let me tell you that it was never my initial plan to create an online academy for composition. My personal goal always was to compose music and to become a great musical storyteller. And honestly, it still is.
Over the last few years of building a career as a composer, I've discovered some significant problems along the way that I had to face, and I want to share my top three takeaways with you right here!
1) There's a Smart way of Composing ... and there's the rest
Over the years, I've analyzed many classical works and scores. Everybody around me kept telling me that this is the way how you learn and become a better composer. Well ...
You don't become a great racing-car driver by watching hundreds of races on TV, right? And you don't become a great chef by watching millions of cooking shows. I mean, that is pretty obvious. To develop a skill, you have to practice that specific skill over and over again. If you focus on the analysis, you'll become good at analyzing, not composing!
Now, the composition also has another component to it, and that is the artistic quality. Indeed, you cannot practice that element, but the truth is that this element does not change the equation. If somebody asked me how much of the composition is based on artistic quality, I'd say it's only around 20%. The remaining 80% is a skill that everybody can learn.
Now I know that there's a methodology to the process of writing music. Over many years, all of my teachers in composition and the orchestration taught me that there is an infinite number of options and combinations and, they are right. However, that's not helpful when you are facing tight deadlines. It would be best if you got it done so that you can move forward.
So, what should you focus on? Should you keep tweaking the chord progression for another hour, or should you rewrite the melody? Do we need to double anything? And what part comes next?
If these questions sound familiar to you then you probably don't have any process. Probably, you'll hunt for ideas all the time and feel the overwhelm. I went through all of this already, and you don't have to experience the same problems.
Furthermore, I offer concrete solutions to those questions/problems, and this led to the founding of this Academy.
2) Simplify to Amplify
Writing music is not hard. In fact, it's fun. You want to keep things as simple as possible so that you don't confuse yourself. That's the moment where Interval Theory comes in very handy as it focuses on the nature of the intervals (yes, intervals have a nature to them) instead of complex rules and restrictions.
The combination of having a methodology and knowing about the nature of the intervals lets you compose music fast and very organically. Your efficiency will speed up big-time. But I'm not only talking about quantity here. By listening to some of the options that we create via technique, you give yourself input that will train you to develop musical taste. This step is crucial for creating a unique artistic voice so that you can separate your work from what everybody else does.
This is an efficient way to quality as well! Keep in mind that it's tough to amplify complex processes. That's why we want to keep it simple and focus on those things that actually matter!
3) Grow Musical Confidence
Insecurity and the lack of trust in your decision-making will destroy the art that you create, slowly but surely. How can you feel good about something you've created if you have no idea whether or not your decisions were valuable?
The short answer is, you can't.
You have to grow musical confidence to prevent yourself from stepping into two dangerous traps!
- You work on a piece for way too long!
- You connect your personal well-being to your success.
Building confidence is a self-feeding mechanism. Once you understand how it works, it gets stronger and stronger, like a muscle. And it helps you to overcome fears, make decisions quicker, and even attract better clients as they will feel your confidence and see this as a reduction of their own risk. It's quite apparent that you'd rather want to work with somebody very confident then somebody who is not sure about what he does.
And please don't confuse confidence with ego! Ego is quite the opposite of what I mean. At this point, we are knee-deep in the subject of Personal Development right now, and to some degree, this step is mandatory to cover the artistic side of the composition. But more of that inside the Academy.
If you feel that you'd benefit from what I'm talking about, then please have a look at the Academy. It will help you move forward and make quick progress so that you can focus way more on what you love doing, and that is creating beautiful music! I invite you to join my email list below and benefit from all the information that is available to you.
I hope that we'll meet soon.
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