Can someone learn to compose

How can I learn to compose?

I started writing this in paragraphs and it has gotten incoherent and compounded (like most of my writings ...) so I've summarized it in a couple of bullet points, but I suggest going through my full explanation.

I would suggest the following:

  • The piano is a great tool to learn as you don't have to go beyond the beginner level to help with composing.
  • Learn music notation so you can write down melodies in your head and share them with other musicians.
    • If you are with the staff , the Time signatures as well as the Know the basic rhythm and the duration of the notes , you can write down the most basic ideas.
  • Start with one Monophony or a single unaccompanied melody.
    • Most harmony requires a basic understanding of music theory, and that could disturb you before you even put notes on paper.
    • Plus, you can always go back and add harmony to any monophonic piece.
  • Musescore is free software that helps with musical composition and is well worth a look, although a basic understanding of the theory is required to avoid becoming frustrated.

And the full text:

"Music theory" is a super broad category. You can write simple and even somewhat complex melodies without knowing much about it. "Music notation" is more specific, however, and that's where I'd start.

All the great composers that I know

  • Do you play at least one instrument, or at least know it
  • Knowing how to write down the songs in her head in at least one form or another

Besides that ...

Composition is the art of writing melodies in your head. You can have melodies in your head, and even play or sing them, and you're already on the first step down. The nice thing about musical notation is that these melodies are preserved in such a way that they will never be forgotten.

That being said, I would suggest that you have a basic understanding of the Staff (with the pitches in standard notation, which I want to learn because you seem interested in orchestral music), Time signature (Beat and even) feature. You could say the "chronological domain" of music) Note duration (how much of the "chronological domain" each note takes up).

With these basic tools you can write the songs down in your head. How do you get these songs in your head?

It's a mistake I made to assume that composing is all about formulas. Of course, there are many that you can use, but the way I do this is to pick a tune that comes to mind. Just a random old tune that comes to mind. Well, for your purposes, and since it would be easier for you to learn music theory as needed, I would address the first Hold monophony (single melody without accompaniment). The beauty of it is that you can always come back later and play in chords or counter-melodies if you need to. However, it is satisfactory to put the notes down and hear something coherent.

A final argument for learning music notation is that every musician (the most Musicians), once a melody is written down, it can be played by reading it, which means you don't have to go through cumbersome steps: "Well, it goes like this ..."

As far as learning an instrument is concerned, I suggest that you acquire a basic understanding of the piano keyboard as it is so simple but is of tremendous importance to your understanding of the musical world. I hardly play the piano (barely beyond the 3rd children's book in my degree ;-P), but I can use the right posture / technique to punch out melodies in my head, and keyboard visualization helps with many of the concepts I would can not understand otherwise.

Musescore is great FREE software to help you with your composition, although it uses a lot of terminology and requires a basic understanding of music theory. But it's FREE! and therefore worth a look or a download, depending ...


So you say the long version is a "nuisance" to read ... Jokes aside, I wholeheartedly agree with the monophonic approach. Start small and work your way up. Composing for orchestra can be a daunting task even for seasoned arrangers / composers. I actually started with SATB choral scores and found that to be a great learning experience.


Do composers superimpose the music? So first the main melody. Then strings, then brass, then drums and so on ...? Ps thank you for your answer. Helped me a lot !!

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@SaggingRufus Yes, in anticipation of my crazy writing skills, I chose a chilled out username ... Totally on purpose. ;-) I usually stick to solo violin or piano scores ... keep things simple enough to myself.


You can also do the opposite and start with a chord progression and choose a melody to complement it. I usually do the accompaniment first, then the melody, but both are valid

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