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The Russian Composer Igor Stravinsky once said: " A good composer does not imitate; he steals. "

I think what he meant by this is that it's OK to use a method urban by a further and make it your own. To copy is to steal a method or style and, somehow, not incorporate your own voice and energy into it.

We all get our ideas from somewhere, whether by by chance listening to a piece of music and subconsciously storing it away, or by a conscious act where we say to ourselves: "This sounds great and I want to use it in my own music. "

Some associates have the idea that all fashioned must be earliest and by that they mean that there must be no exterior influences - but this is unrealistic. Haydn educated Beethoven. Italian composers influenced Bach and so on. All past and at hand composers on this globe have their influences whether they admit them or not.

Now, most of you know that I have two major influences: George Winston and John Herberman. You may or may not know of these people. The point is I admit that they shaped my own style. How? For the reason that I liked listening to them. It's that simple.

When I sit down to play, I as anticipated descend towards one style or the other. I'm fine with that. It doesn't mean that I'm unoriginal. It just means that I acknowledge authenticity and don't try to come up with "something original. " What sounds new is 99. 9 times out of 100, a modification of what came before.

The whole point I'm difficult to make is this: Don't try to be original. Instead, focus on what you like and love and your own voice will come by means of in the end. The music may be custom-made to an extremist (innovation) or just a barely (homage). Just don't imitate.

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Serenity 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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