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Simple vs. Complex | Every Composer Should Know this

Usually, composers start with a simple idea first, but how do we end up with a sophisticated and more complex composition? It's the big question of simple vs. complex!

How do you go about filling around empty spaces in your sketches? How do you extend your musical ideas to the bottom and the top?

Let's dive into some concrete concepts you can use today to write more balanced music. As a general rule, you want to keep it simple in the lower register, and that's triads! The higher you climb up in the register, the more complexity you can bring in, and it will sound great!

It's essential to be aware of empty registers to write transparent arrangements and orchestrations. I hope the musical example I show in the video helps to clarify the concept! Complexity to the top and simplicity to the bottom!

Best always,

Author: Frank Herrlinger