Thursday, October 06, 2005

Keeping a Composition Journal

Visual artists do it. They know that keeping a journal of their ideas is a great way to preserve inspiration.

We composers can do it as well. I use a spiral bound notebook. What I do is I just draw out 8-bars first, then pencil in the first 2-bars of melody as a rhythmic pattern. I don't try and determine pitch quality yet. I've found that by putting in the note values themselves, i.e., half-notes, quarter notes, the pitches are very easy to get and almost appear by themselves!

1 comment:

  1. I used to do that in high school! But only because I don't have perfect pitch. When I had a musical idea in class, I thought that if I wrote down the rhythmic notation I would remember it later when I got home. It usually worked. But, whether I remembered the melody or not, I had a starting point from which to build. I didn't have one dedicated notebook though. That would have helped.