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Piano music - how to begin and end a piece - music


How do you begin a piece of music? That's a cast doubt on I'm often asked. The come back with I commonly give is that you begin as soon as you start in concert - that is, if you're difficult to "compose" something, the piece begins the flash it has energy and is amazing you want to capture. If it's an improvisation, the piece begins the minute you set your fingers on the keys and hit the first note. It's like free flow characters and inscription a division to a novel.

The essayist can both be creative and enjoy the deal with or can arrange the ideas more - or, as I like to do, blend both procedures into one. I start out by improvising - always. Then, if I want to celebrate a musical idea, I write down the first two bars of song along with the chord(s) I'm playing. I throw this on a chart and voila - the idea carcass fresh until I want to also increase on it, or disregard it completely.

If the idea is a rhythm configuration I write down (Left hand = at all the configuration is) so I can bring to mind it later. I never stop improvising even if as that would stop the flow and who knows what could come out of it. Don't disregard that an getting by is a piece of music in and of itself. There is especially no need to be in the way arrangement on amazing as charming and organic as spontaneous expression. In fact, these spur of the jiffy fantasies are often more inspiring than any contrived composition. There is a bit more alive to them since there IS more life to them.

Endings pose a new problem, explicitly the catch of when to stop playing. For improvisation, the key is when energy (inspiration) starts to wane down. That's a good time to bring your music to an end. You'll know when this is experience when you befall bored. That's the sign it's time to stop.

Composition is a assorted story. The form of the piece before now dictates when you must stop. For example, an ABA form tells you to play the A bit once or twice, go to B, back to A then bring the piece to an end. Of choice the total of repetition and difference is a delicate choice but the form establishes both commencement and ending. It's a nice safe way to say that yes, I have a piece of music here. Now, improvisations can have form as well. The big discrepancy is that you don't consciously think about putting the music into a predefined shape.

But for some indefinite reason, most improvisations do have symmetry - that is they take on a form of their own. I don't know if this is for the reason that of human beings inherent rhythm (heartbeat) or what.

Even Zen flute music, which may be the most liberally inspired creativeness style about has some structure. You can hear it in the phrases. First phase and endings. Don't worry too much about them. What's critical is where you are emotionally while you play. Develop into aware of that and all your tribulations are solved.

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Calm Music's online piano lessons. He has been portion students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at http://www. quiescencemusic. com/piano_lessons. html for a FREE piano lesson!


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