Saturday, August 11, 2007

Composing For Piano - Don't Force, Allow

A student writes: "You always say, 'let the music tell you where it wants to go' but when I try to do this nothing comes. What to do?"

This is an excellent question because it really cuts to the core of my whole teaching philosophy which is - never force or try and "will" music into being. Instead, let it come of it's own accord.

To illustrate this, I'll share with you my own process with "coming up" with material.

Usually, I never have problems with the first 8-bars of music - sometimes called the (A) section. But once this section is down so to speak, the rest of the music (if there is more to come) is usually more difficult for me..

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