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      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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