Music Monday: Lullaby (an original)

Ten months ago. That’s when I started my series on composition—well my way of doing things. Call me unorthodox—Go ahead, it’s OK. In five weeks I described my process of coming up with an idea for a piece, expanding and revising it, then putting it together, writing it down (cuz I’m gonna forget it), andContinue reading “Music Monday: Lullaby (an original)”

Music Monday: If you haven’t heard it already…

Every so often, I like to share my music page link. Many people read my posts, but unless they visit my website, they don’t see the other things that I have created. Most of the recording is not studio quality (since it wasn’t done in a studio), and recording isn’t something I enjoy doing,Continue reading “Music Monday: If you haven’t heard it already…”

Music Monday: Riviera Galliard

I write better than I play. I play better than I record. I record better than I perform. Which is why it takes me a long time to get my music into audio form. It was the mid [insert decade here]s. I was two years out of high school, still trying to figure out whatContinue reading “Music Monday: Riviera Galliard”

Music Monday: Nobody’s Perfect

I finally changed the strings on my guitar. Wow. What a difference. Will that give me motivation to play more? I still enjoy playing, but sometimes it feels too much like a chore. It takes me a long time to learn a new piece of music (or re-learn something). If I step away for aContinue reading “Music Monday: Nobody’s Perfect”

Music Monday: Opus 6 – Progress

I sat down the other day and was able to write a few potential transitions to get me from one part to the next. There are so many different forms that a piece of classical music can take. Some take the forms of dances: Gavotet, Mazurka, Allemande, while others are named for their tempo: Allegro,Continue reading “Music Monday: Opus 6 – Progress”

Music Monday: Minimalism

John Cage’s 4’33. A pianist comes out and sits at a piano and begins to…do nothing for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this taking minimalism too far, or is it just someone beating everyone else to the punch. Probably the latter. My first exposure to minimalism was Philp Glass’s Koyaanisqatsi. I didn’t hear itContinue reading “Music Monday: Minimalism”

Music Monday: Opus 4-Writing it Down

When I started my musical education journey, I didn’t have the advantages of computer transcription programs. There was no easy access to popular sheet music. Other that a few guitar magazines, if I wanted to learn a song, I had to get a recording and learn it by ear. That’s not an altogether bad thing—it’sContinue reading “Music Monday: Opus 4-Writing it Down”