Welcome to Supreme Tracks series of lessons on COMPOSING!
Purpose of this series of lessons is to help you become a better composer, theoretically and practically! You will learn a lot about composing and, hopefully, have fun! This series is envisioned to be a combination of necessary music theory lessons with exercises, improvisation exercises. Anyone can make and compose music – it’s not important how talented you are, whether or not you know the rules of music (they’re made to be broken, anyway…), whether you know how to write/ record music… You just have to give yourself a chance.
To start with composing you should first answer the key questions:
- What is the goal you want to achieve?
- Once you know what you want to do and have set your goal, it is time to make a strategy how to reach your goal. Here are several general tips that will help you along the way:
- Name your strong and weak points.
- Learn your instrument to the level where you don’t have technical obstacles to express yourself.
- Practice with understanding. Motoric exercises are necessary, but they should not become a goal on their own.
- You can compose on any kind of instrument. However, key of understanding composition comes with use of harmonic instruments, such as piano/keyboard or guitar. Of course you can make great music using drums as your primary instrument, but have in mind that all great drummers – composers were using harmonic instrument as an inevitable tool to translate and develop basic ideas.
- When you get inspired – capture the idea immediately! Inspiration comes without a warning – so you have to be ready to capture it when it pops up. Many times it happens that you have an excellent idea but wait to develop and record it. Wrong approach. It will probably be gone by tomorrow. Try to capture it immediately and in one session.
In the next blog we will start with progressive music theory lessons and practical composing exercises.
Thanks for reading.