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Usefulness of elementary composing for beginners?
#1152842 01/31/08 02:02 AM
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I'm an adult beginner with a few months of piano under my belt. I'm now playing pieces like Bach's Prelude in C. Recently, inspired by practice I guess, I've started composing simple practice pieces using broken chords, etc. I've found that I enjoy working out the pieces and writing down the notation. Am I correct in thinking that working on even such simple compositions as these can improve my development? Would it be better to wait until I know more music theory?

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Keep writing!

Remember that little kids don't wait to start writing until they know more grammar and vocabulary -- they start right away with very simple stories, simple poems, etc. When I was in first grade, I won a book writing contest at school (I think it was an assignment to enter the contest, so all the 1st graders had to write little story-books), and got my story performed by the high school theater group -- believe me, it wasn't a terribly complicated story on my part! 1st graders write what they are capable of, and as they get older and learn more, their writing gradually improves. By the time they're in high school, they're writing complicated analysis essays, big research papers, etc. They couldn't do that if they waited until 8th grade to start practicing writing! It's the 8+ years of writing before that that leads up to what they do in high school.


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Thanks for the encouragement. That makes sense. If music is a language and I'm a beginner, the only way I can get fluent in it is to actually use it, and get better as I go along.

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Excellent analogy PJ

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I'd say keep going. The more you know and enjoy, the better, so I can't see how it would hurt. I don't know anything about composition, but I have seen that there are basic books that can give you guidelines. There are even workbooks for young students to start and learn. Have fun!

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You don't need to know theory to write. If you're using Bach as a model and pay attention to why his music sounds right, you'll be OK. Theory is good to learn, but don't a lack of knowledge stop you from getting started. It didn't stop me. smile


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I concur with the others. Create whatever and however you wish, whether written, improvised or both. The long-term internal rewards of doing so are immense.


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As a composer, I was improvising and notating long before any formal theory training. You're on the right path. Keep up the good work.


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You don't need to know theory to write. If you're using Bach as a model and pay attention to why his music sounds right
That's exactly what theory is.

Theory isn't a bunch of arbitrary rules made up in a rule book -- it's a description of why Bach's music sounds good.


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