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A fugue is one of the most polyphonic musical pieces you can write. In a typical fugue there are 3 or 4 voices in play that are each treated independent melodies. While this is going on, you have to not only have to keep all the rules of counterpoint in mind for each voice and make sure the harmony always make sense, but you have a structure to keep in mind ...


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Your question is very vague, but I'll try to answer it to you anyway. You are actually pointing at three different skills: Songwriting Composition Musical Knowledge I'll explain to you what these skills are and how to learn them. Songwriting Have you ever seen a dude with a guitar playing love-songs in a corner surrounded by pretty girls? Yeah, ...


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Let's take two archetypal rags - Black and White Rag and The Entertainer. The left hand mostly plays a steady pattern of a bass note on the 1 and 3, and a chord on the 2 and 4. 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 LH chord * * * * LH bass * * * * Pretty much all ragtime has this regular oom-pah backing throughout, along with lead-ins and linking ...


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Writing a fugue is a mixture of imagination, organization, and mastery of your tools. If you are making a drawing, keeping track of the perspective, the objects you want to appear, and just what object will obscur what other object can be done using ruler and overpainting/erasing as you go. How much time spend masters erasing obscured objects? Fugue ...


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My favorite ragtime artist is Scott Joplin. So that's the style I mean when I say ragtime. Well, that's sort of like "how do I compose baroque music? My favorite baroque artist is J.S. Bach. So that's the style I mean when I say baroque." Scott Joplin killed ragtime just like Bach killed baroque music, leaving not much leeway to say anything sufficiently ...


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Ragtime is a style of music that makes use of off-beat or syncopated rhythms, giving it a "ragged" feeling. Scott Joplin is the most well-known ragtime composer. Writing Ragtime Piano Music: Step 1 To get started, you need a melody. Rather than make up my own, I've taken the first four notes from Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" to give me something to ...


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My take is that, to a large extent, the basic principles of counterpoint remain the same -- composing independent melodic lines which interact with each other harmonically. To that extent, the difference in contrapuntal music of various styles will largely mirror the difference in those style's non contrapuntal music. This means that you can combine a study ...


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Scott Bradlee is a pianist well-known for his ragtime/swing/vintage style arrangements of modern pop songs. He has written an e-book called Ragtimify in which he explains the basics of the ragtime style that he uses in his arrangement process. (Disclaimer: I am in no way financially associated with him or this product.) Without going into the level of ...


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How to begin writing songs? In my experience, generating songs without an instrument in hand can drive your acquisition of musical knowledge, and can drive and inspire you to improve your skills on whatever instruments you play. For a time I worked as a lawyer's clerk, and walked all over town. While walking, I would compose songs, of course with no ...


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When writing for any instrument there are a few things to keep in mind : The range of the instrument How the instrument sounds in different parts of it's range The Dynamic Curve of the interments (how loud can it play in different parts of it's range) Articulation and techniques that the instrument can and can't do What is playable for a typical player and ...


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@Shevliaskovic is correct. It's really up to what works best for you. Whenever you have an idea for lyrics, you should write them down. Whenever you find a harmony, melody or chord progression that sounds cool to you, write that down too. You can try to write harmony to match the words you have or write words to match the music you have. If you've written ...



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