Composing Music:101 —mini text class

Alright so to help you understand my approach on composing music, I’m going to first give you a little bit of insight to my influences and background.

            So, I started going to piano classes when I was, I think 8 years old. I was trained by someone who strongly emphasized on reading sheet music and almost never taught me anything else.

So my parents decided to change my teacher and like last time, things didn’t work out for too long so I switched teachers again another 3 times until I started classes with Rebecca.

This was when I was, I guess 13 years old? This is around the time I started gaining interest in music. With Becky, I was learning classical music and learnt quite a bit of theory.

One of my previous teachers also helped me hone the ability to play music by ear. Back then of course it was just simple 3-4 chord pop or gospel songs but these things are what gave me a solid foundation to my composing style.

            I discovered metal music when I was 14 years old and it changed my life.

The riffs, the energy and everything about it just got me all excited every time I listened to it.

Around that time, I was a huge fan of Lamb of God, Megadeth and stuff like that. I still do love them but I hadn’t discovered prog yet so yea.

When I was almost 15 years old, my grandfather seeing my love for music decided to give me his acoustic guitar which he never used so that’s when I began to teach myself to play the guitar. Not long after that I found Dream Theater and they are probably one of my biggest influences as of today and since then, I’ve been a prog enthusiast.

            Now with regard to my approach on composing I’m going to break it down into a few steps based on my framework of experiences that may help you to get an idea of the things that I run in my head when I compose something.

Let’s dig deeper…

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