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03 April 2017

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How I Get Unstuck and Avoid Writer’s Block

photo by Daniel Farr If you’ve read a decent amount of my posts on this site, you know that I’ve […]

20 March 2017

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If You Only Study One Thing in Music

Photo by Red Junasun Studying composition is a ton of work. There are innumerable subjects within the overall category of […]

02 February 2017

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Establishing a Theme in a Feature Film

There is an excellent video on the Sideways YouTube channel called “How Pixar Uses Music to Make You Cry”. In […]

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 […]

28 September 2015

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

photo by Paweł 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 […]

05 August 2015

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The Three Fundamental Principles of Film Scoring

Photo by Jeremy Brooks Writing original music for film can be a complex and nuanced endeavor, with hundreds of different […]

07 January 2015

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On Being Fully Committed With Your Music

Photo by Ed Schipul Occasionally I teach private lessons in composition, which it turns out is one of the best ways […]

25 February 2013

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Applying the idea of Forward Writing to Composing Music

I was recently inspired by a post I stumbled upon about the concept of forward writing. I’ve read several books […]

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