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I play the Double Bass and I've always wanted to compose music for an orchestra. I know that I need to learn more theory, but I don't know where to learn it. I was thinking about learning it in a book, is that a good starting point? Also is it beneficial to learn the piano to compose and understand chords?

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Learning the piano would be a good place to start. It will get you more familiar with the treble clef and how multiple voices interact as well as harmony. (This should also give you great benefits on the bass, too.)

A second important skill is musical handwriting. Get fast at making the dots and stems on staff paper. Write down all your little melodic ideas in a notebook which you can refer to when you're writing something and stuck for ideas.

Imitate your heros. Take a piece that you like and try to copy all the tricks and ideas that it uses but built upon a different melody (your melody).

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    You're welcome. Lots of info to be learned from other Q&As on here. Especially check out theory tag. – luser droog Jan 22 at 21:45
  • Ok I sure will! – Leo Meyer Jan 22 at 21:46
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    @LeoMeyer also look into software like MuseScore for writing your music. If you have a tablet there are apps which can help you write down and play back your ideas while away from your PC. – B.M. Jan 22 at 21:58
  • @B.M. Yeah I have found flat.io, which is convenient because I can use it on my phone and computer. – Leo Meyer Jan 22 at 22:16

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