Make Better Music 13: Organising Ideas

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make better music. Trebuchet magazine

I was just talking to someone about organising your means of expression.

Sounds a bit dry and formal I know, but it’s merely a case of knowing what you want to say and how you want to say it. If you are lucky enough to be feeling inspired then this sort of thing will probably take care of itself…for the other times, you can try this idea! On a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle and write “What” on the left of it and “How” on the right.

Now, when you have an idea, or want to develop one you can fill the two sides…one stating what your idea is, and the second how you want to express it. There’s nothing more to this idea than just that..stating your ideas and method of expressing it in a concrete form. This immediately focusses you on what you need to do, and gives you the very basics of a a scaffolding to start building on. Quick tip today!

 

About Dave.
David Learnt composition (harmony, counterpoint and orchestration) to degree level through studying Schoenbergs Fundamentals of Musical Composition. He is a founder member of avant pop duo Cnut, and orchestral doombience outfit Regolith.

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David Learnt composition (harmony, counterpoint and orchestration) to degree level through studying Schoenbergs Fundamentals of Musical Composition, the classic text on twentieth century harmony by Vincent Persichetti, Henry Mancini's Sounds and Scores, Rimsky-Korsakov's excellent books on orchestration as well as studying any scores that intrigued me. He is a founder member of two bands, avant pop duo Cnut, and orchestral doombience outfit Regolith, and have performed across Europe with them.

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