How To Compose Music
In this lesson we are going to explore the process of composition. For many people, composition is a very mysterious process; particularly if you have never composed before.
Melody, Harmony, & Rhythm
There are 3 essential components of composing music. These 3 components are melody, harmony, and rhythm. A good composition will contain all three of these elements in varying amounts.
Jovino discusses these 3 elements and how each of these can be a starting point for beautiful compositions.
The Importance Of Motif Development
A motif is a melodic or rhythmic framework which can be applied throughout a composition.
Jovino demonstrates a simple and effective way to develop a motif that can be used for creative composition.
Tonal Melody & Polytonal Harmonic Concept
Jovino demonstrates 2 approaches to creating a harmonic framework when composing. We can follow a framework built on traditional progressions and cadences such as 25s and 251s, and we can also introduce a polytonal harmonic framework which does not rest in any particular key centre.
Injecting Rhythm & Groove
We can inject rhythm and groove to create a wide variety of composition styles such as ballad, samba, bossa nova, swing, and stride.
Brazilian Piano Styles Workbook File Type: pdf
Practice using your voice as the starting point for melodic creativity as Jovino demonstrates in the lesson.
Focus on motif development to add structure to our compositions.
Introduce non-diatonic chords to add harmonic interest and variety to a diatonic melody or motif.
Be conscious not to repeat the bass note in the melody to remove harmonic and melodic redundancy.
Once we have developed a basic harmonic and melodic framework we can inject rhythm to establish the style and groove of the composition.