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Metasquares
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Icon 1 posted December 26, 2006 09:01      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Here's my dilemma: I started taking composition lessons in November. My instructor remarked that my music was very tonal and wanted me to work at adding some chromaticism to my compositions (not strict atonality, mind you; I can't stand listening to atonal music and certainly don't want to write it!)

Since then, I've been trying to think about notes outside of the scale I'm in as well as in when I write. However, now when it comes time to write a note, I freeze up. It's as if no note will express the sound that I'm looking for anymore. It's gotten to the point where I can't write more than a measure a day without throwing down the pencil in disgust.

Have any of the musically inclined here run into something like this? How have you dealt with it?

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Icon 1 posted December 26, 2006 10:35      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
When I was still doing the music bit I found that the best way to get over writer's block was to overindulge in wine and women. Song usually comes naturally.

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Icon 1 posted December 26, 2006 10:52      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If you would like, I could give you a personal reference to Tim Loest or James Swearingen. I'm certain they've both had to deal with this problem.

PM if you are sincerely interested.

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You mentioned a pencil. Try writing on an instrument more often. Many composers and songwriters find writing on an instrument (real or virtual) much more intuitive. Even if your keyboard (or other) chops aren't good enough to record your performance, it can give you ideas about what will work.
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I don't do any composition, but may I suggest you take a look at Debussy's works? He is hard to learn (to me, anyway) because it usually sounds weird at first, but when you get the thing going, it all make sense. So studying him may give you some ideas of how and when to introduce some atonality.

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Metasquares
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quote:
Originally posted by thomjinx:
You mentioned a pencil. Try writing on an instrument more often. Many composers and songwriters find writing on an instrument (real or virtual) much more intuitive. Even if your keyboard (or other) chops aren't good enough to record your performance, it can give you ideas about what will work.

I try to work off of an instrument in order to better develop my ability to "hear" the compositions without needing to play them. When I start using the piano while I write, I find that I'm choosing certain phrases because they're easier to play, rather than because they sound good or make sense harmonically.
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