How to Write Music

You've probably experienced already that knowing a bit of traditional music theory is helpful but not enough to write great music. That's why we dedicate this page to the application of writing music so you can turn into the best music creator you can be!

We teach you how to compose music most efficiently!

Best Practices

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.

Fresh Ideas

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.

Worksheets

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.


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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

From simple Diatonic starting points to advanced Interval Theory, you will learn how to compose original music using the Circle of Fifths as our point of reference. You will discover clear and easy-to-use-concepts that lead to quick results, lots of inspiration, and destroy writer's block once and for all!

Cadences are essential in music. In this article, you'll learn how to turn a basic authentic cadence into a beautiful orchestral piece.

a perfect diatonic fourth up and down from the note C

Tonal centers work similarly to the chapters in a book. They can help you change the setting and emotion. Learn how to use them most effectively.

the symmetry of scale step IV and V to the C tonic using the bass clef

Mediants are very versatile and can be used to either reinforce a current tonal center or modulate into new ones. Learn more about that right here!

showing the two major and two minor mediants to a C tonic

Learn more about the dominant intervals and how they work most efficiently in composition, not only as Secondary Dominants.

showing all major second-intervals on the C Ionian scale in red

You know the Circle of Fifths but do you know how it relates to all the other intervals? Find out more about those secrets in this article!

example of a root progression based on small fragments of root cycles

Learn how the Harmonic Series and the Circle of Fifths work together in music! Essential guidelines that'll help you write better music.

showing the intervals in the harmonic series

The tritone substitution provides great musical secrets that become apparent when we use Interval Theory as our base of thinking!

the harmonic series on a Gb fundamental

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Scales create a grid that we can follow horizontally and vertically - that is, melody and chords. You will learn how Interval Theory embraces this concept but also pushes and twists the limitations of musical keys so that you discover how to move fluently and effortlessly through various tonal centers, keys, and scales in your compositions.

Learn how to use the Church Modes emotionally in composition and unlock their power for musical storytelling!

a melody on Phrygian

Learn how the Lydian scale connects to so many musical places, such as the Harmonic series, the Circle of Fifths, and many more!

the lydian scale starting on scale steps 1, 2, and 5

For most composers, it's very hard to use the Locrian mode. After you've gone through this article, you'll love the Locrian mode!

showing the C Lydian and the C# Locrian next to each other using the exact same scale tones but the root

Faux Scales are not discussed in the Diatonic System. In this article, we explain what they are and how you can use them effortlessly!

Faux scale based on 1+3

Learn more about the reflection of the major pentatonic scale and why it embraces the circle of major thirds (the RC4)!

axis of symmetry in the C major pentatonic scale

Everybody loves the world of Pentatonic, but not many understand how to use them most creatively. Read this article to learn more!

showing the major pentatonic on C, the minor pentatonic on C, and the Lydian Dominant Pentatonic on C

Learn the best practices for harmonization - from the Diatonic approach to Interval Theory! Harmonizing the line can be fun and straightforward!

happy birthday to you harmonized - version1

Learn How to Write Music that Matters! Join the Academy!

Spend your most precious resource wisely; that is your time! If the music creation is a deep passion of yours, you should pay attention to our Academy. You'll learn a clear and transparent methodology that will shape your musical voice and help you gain confidence. You'll be able to combine proven composition techniques with your unique taste so that you can stand and create music that matters!



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!

  1. You work on a piece for way too long!
  2. 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.

Advice

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.
Best always,

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