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13 February 2017

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“Creative Orchestration” by George Fredric McKay

Not long ago I discussed a quote from the introduction to one of my favorite books on musical form, Musical […]

09 January 2017

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The Easiest Way to Write Is by Forcing Constraints

Photo by clement127 “Writer’s block” is not just for authors. Although I’ve never heard the phrase “composer’s block” before, anyone […]

15 November 2016

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Measure Minutes Writing, Not Minutes Written

Photo by Mark Morgan There are many examples of famous writers throughout history who set themselves daily writing goals. Usually, […]

04 November 2016

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“What shall I do next?” – Musical Form

One of the greatest music books I’ve ever read is “Musical Structure and Design” by Cedric T. Davie. I have […]

04 April 2016

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Advice from “Steal Like an Artist”

Photo by fervent-adepte-de-la-mode. Austin Kleon’s little book “Steal Like an Artist” has a lot of great tips about creativity and […]

04 November 2015

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How to Maintain Musical Neutrality

We all know how to make music happy or sad; just use major or minor chords! But sometimes I need […]

28 September 2015

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The Only “Right” Method Is The One That Works For You

photo by PaweĊ‚ Kadysz I’ve been experimenting with MIDI software and DAWs since the mid-1990s. I can still remember my […]

31 August 2015

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Seven Major Moments

photo by Niklas Morberg An interesting rule-of-thumb I read about in an interview with a composer was to try to […]

06 July 2015

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Use Opposites to Stay Interesting

Photo by Dean Hochman. I’ve written about this in the past, but the topic is so central to creating compelling […]

06 April 2015

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Compose Postcards, Not Novels

Photo by Nick Kenrick A problem young composers often have with their work is that they try to say too […]

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