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  1. Latest Music From The Pen

    May 10, 2012 by RedSheep


    Imprisoned in a cage of sound, even the trivial seems profound

    "Imprisoned in a cage of sound, even the trivial seems profound" - John Betjeman

    I’ve been working on ear training and composition skills over the last few months, and thought I’d share some of the little pieces that have come from it.

    Schoenberg Tonic Dominant Practice

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    Seven Beats

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    Period Form No 1

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    Harmonic Minor experiment

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    A Theme of Gentle Winds

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  2. Time to Brush up on some Theory

    December 13, 2011 by RedSheep

    I’ve got £50 worth of composition books and an asston of learning to do, let’s get to it(to it)(to it)(to it)(to it)

     

    So long story short I’m taking a new angle.  With just my acoustic down in London at the moment and my true love back up north I’ve been forced drastically away from the fun fun world of flangers, phasers and distortion.

    I’ve been listening to alot of King Crimson, Yes and Pink Floyd, all of whom have very powerful sounds, but if  the effects were taken away you’d still have very well structured and composed songs for the most part.  But it goes further than that.  Don’t think that because you’re a guitarist this stuff doesn’t apply to you!  Look at Brian May, Eddie Van Halen and the man himself Steve Vai; all masters of the guitar but also masters of composition.

    too many theory books

    Too Much?

    The book I’ve started on tonight is “Fundamentals of Musical Composition“,  a very theory heavy book with a classical vibe to it. I’m hoping I can take some of the wisdom of Schoenberg and use it to improve my own music.

    First chapter was all about short musical phrases, the ‘molecules’ of music as Schoenberg calls them.He says that not only should melody be considered at all times, but harmony too.  I wrote a very short SATB part to try it out:

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