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        Technique Builder: Practical Training for Composers (DRM Free)

        Technique Builder: Practical Training for Composers (DRM Free)

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        Designed for the composer with a basic understanding of music theory, this program begins with an explanation of the creative process and proceeds to provide composers with several exercises to improve technique. Composers complete multi-level exercises designed to improve the ear, increase analytical abilities, and complete practical exercises in music composition.

        Develop Composition Skill Through a Daily Practice Routine

        Start notating your ideas anywhere

        There is a scarcity of resources available on music composition methods that help composers improve their technical skill. Most instructional materials deal only with music theory, counterpoint, form, and voice leading but fail to provide the necessary technical training a composer needs to actually create music. With this course, you’ll build a daily practice regimen that will keep you actively involved in the process of composing music and will increase your proficiency with motives, melodies, chords, voice leading, form and other concepts of music composition.

        Technique Builder for Composers won’t teach you how to read music. You should already understand the underlying mechanics of music before undertaking the exercises in this text. However, these exercises also don’t require the prerequisite knowledge of how to build a major or minor scale, chord progression, orchestration, or symphonic form. Although, if you are unfamiliar with these foundational concepts, your future efforts would greatly benefit from first reviewing an introductory theory text.

        The techniques found in this book will take your present ability and build upon it using simple exercises. These technique builders are based on the same ear training assignments I provide to my students at The Composers’ Studio, but they have been edited to accommodate a wider range of students. I have thusly only chosen exercises that have been shown to work with the majority of my students.

        Inspired by Master Composer, Johann Sebastian Bach

        A Fugue a Day

        Bach reportedly composed a fugue every day before breakfast. Many other composers kept similar routines, employing basic composition exercises to continually develop their skill. In Bach’s lifetime, music underwent an experimental phase with guidelines created summarily with each new composition. 

        Orchestration was barely even a subject of discussion in the baroque period. If there wasn’t an instrument available, Bach would often just give the part to the closest musician. I feel that we are presently going through a similar period of experimentation, however, music is much more accessible now and we also have a wider variety of musical genres compared to any other time in history.

        Music composition has basic structural rules, but you can break most any rule if you discover a better method with which to replace it. The trick is learning when it’s appropriate to break those rules. You develop this knowledge by strengthening your technique through daily practice. First, you must understand the principles behind each rule so you know the reason certain theories exist. Once you grasp the reasoning behind the rules and have mastered using them, you can break them or bend them to your will.

        The Technique Builder Course

        Take the first step towards writing more effective compositions

        The text is organized into several chapters. Each chapter provides insight into the technical side of composing music. When you download the book, skim through and select the exercises that are relevant to the technique you want to develop first. Create a practice routine, and get to work improving your ability to compose effective music.

        • Increase your knowledge and accomplish the following goals, and more:
        • Create a program to develop your technique
        • Learn to analyze scores and hear printed music in your mind
        • Discover how to color your compositions with unique instrument combinations
        • Unleash your potential and refine your ear to create music anywhere
        • Uncover the "secret" guidelines used by music publishers, adjudicators, and colleges use to weed out composers quickly
        • Discover basic principles of music composition to help you improve your music


        A Course for All Composers

        Exercises for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced composer

        Each chapter is designed to meet you at your current level and propel you to the next one. Designed for all composers, most exercises allow you to choose from three levels to match your level of experience. Begin to work on your technique today and compose your story.

        Exercises designed for composers at all levels:

        Beginning Composers: Come to this course with only a basic knowledge of music theory, and you'll be able to dramatically improve your understanding of the basic principles of music composition.

        Intermediate Composers: Enjoy intermediate exercises to help take your technique and music to the next level.

        Advanced Composers: Refine and solidify your technique to ensure you're prepared to create music that will stand the test of time.

        This text has been used in private lessons to help a number of student composers develop their technique and make it to the next level. Each technique is designed to take at least one month to master. Composers have enough material in this book to create a training program that will last a year or more.

        This version differs from versions on other retail websites since you'll get the latest updates as they become available. On other websites, you won't receive these updates. I'll also provide special incentives and offers to subscribers who enroll here.

        Table of Contents

        Preface

        The Genesis of the Technique Builder

        A Fugue a Day

        Using This Book

        Chapter 1: Composition Technique No. 1

        The Inspiration and Motivation to Succeed

        Managing Inspiration

        Composing Music More Effectively

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Chapter 2: Composition Technique No. 2

        Developing a Compositional Style

        A Composer’s Personal Style

        Composition Exercise

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Comparing Mozart and Beethoven

        Possible Mozart Answers:

        Possible Beethoven Answers:

        Advanced Exercise

        Analyzing Music Scores

        Chapter 3: Composition Technique No. 3

        Developing Your Ear

        Part I: Preparing the Foundation

        Composition Exercise

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Part II: Building Chords

        Completing the Exercises

        Exercise No. 1: The Stepping Process

        Stage 1: The Single Pitch

        Stage 2: Imagining the Pitch

        Stage 3: Adding a Note

        Stage 4: Internalizing Intervals

        Stage 5: Creating Your Intervals

        Stage 6: Run Through the Process

        Exercise No. 2: The Chord Stepping Process

        Warm-Up

        Stage 1: Cycling Chord Members

        Stage 2: Extending the Chord

        Exercise No. 3: Circle of Fifths Rotation

        Stage 1: C to E

        Stage 2: C to F#

        Stage 3: Major Chords

        Stage 4: Random Pitches

        Stage 5: Adding Chords

        Chapter 4: Composition Technique No. 4

        Rhythm Drives our Music

        Composition Technique: Find Your Rhythm

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Exercise Tips

        Chapter 5: Composition Technique No. 5

        Creating Original Chords

        Following the Path of the Masters

        Part I: The Basic Tenets of Voice Leading

        Parallel Motion

        Similar Motion

        Contrary Motion

        Oblique Motion

        Using Voice Leading

        Composition Exercises

        Preparatory Exercise

        Composition Technique Exercise

        Part II: Creating Original Chords

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        All Levels: Editing the Composition

        Chapter 6: Composition Technique No. 6

        The Building Blocks of Music

        What Are Your Motives?

        Guidelines for Creating Motives

        Composition Technique: Composing More Effectively

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Chapter 7: Composition Technique No. 7

        A Composition’s Structure

        The Phrase

        Embellishing the Melody

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Chapter 8: Composition Technique No. 8

        Instrument Combinations

        Traditional Combinations

        Experimenting With New Combinations

        Some General Orchestration Guidelines

        Voicing Considerations

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Chapter 9: Composition Technique No. 9

        An Introduction to Form

        Beginning Exercise

        Antecedent Phrase

        Consequent Phrase

        Period

        Connecting Periods

        Intermediate Exercise

        The Origins of Passacaglia

        La Folia

        The ‘Early’ Folia

        The ‘Later’ Folia

        Creating a Passacaglia

        The Modern Passacaglia

        Advanced Exercise

        Exposition

        Exposition

        Development Section

        Recapitulation

        The Coda

        Problems With Sonata Form

        Composition Exercises

        Beginning Exercise

        Intermediate Exercise

        Advanced Exercise

        Chapter 10: Score Preparation

        How to Get Rejected Immediately

        Submitting a Work Deserving of Attention

        Contest Guidelines

        Computer Generated Scores

        The Score’s Cover

        The Front Page

        The Music

        Score Readability

        Instrumental Parts

        Formatting Guidelines

        Composition Exercise

        Chapter 11: Basic Composing Techniques

        Developing Your Music

        Repetition

        Rhythm

        Motives

        Chapter 12: Composing Music

        Creating a Composition With Restrictions

        Composition Exercise

        The Note Restrictions

        Note Values

        Use Articulations and Performance Markings

        Restricted Note Composition Rules

        Movement 1

        Movement 2

        Movement 3

        Movement 4

        Movement 5

        Chapter 13: Additional Resources

        Self-Study Music Composition Courses

        The Elements of Music Composition

        What You Need to Know That Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler Knew

        Providing the Road Map

        The Concepts You Must Learn to Compose Effective Music

        How the Elements of Music Composition Will Help You

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