(Apologies for my bad English, I'm not a native speaker) What are the things that I should know to get better as a musician and improve my composition?

I basically love pop/rock music and that's what I compose as well. Right now I invest my time in this way:

1) 1.5 hours a day I play classical piano music sheets and improve technique. I do it because I know that all our contemporary music and pop music comes from classical music. In that way I'm improving myself as a musician (playing better at the piano, and taking inspiration for my composition).

2) I'm playing pop/rock music in a band and by that improving the way that I can accompany people.

3) I invest time to improve my music by playing it.

4) I am willing to start studying Cubase to improve my ability to create better music.

So I'm doing all of these things and trying to persist, but I still think that maybe I'm missing something; maybe it's not enough to be a better musician and composer. I feel like I need to add something, but also I feel that it will not be clever to disperse my attention too much on a lot of things. Like I believe that it would be good to study jazz, but I like this genre of music much less, so I'm focusing on playing better classical music...

So does anyone have any suggestions for what I should add to become a better musician and composer?

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    I have tried to improve the question, as it was very opinion based and too broad. It may still be too broad... – Doktor Mayhem Apr 20 '19 at 17:26

There are some goofy, sprawling answers here. I’ll give you some bullets of the things I myself find most helpful in developing my craft:

1.) Write music every day. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, you just have to do it.

2.) Get outside your listening comfort zone: listen to unfamiliar music, find cool sounds or new ways of thinking, put them into your music.

3.) Learn to play all the instruments. This gives you intimate, personal knowledge of how each responds. Your writing and orchestration will improve.

4.) Continually get constructive feedback from people who’s opinion you value. Don’t ask friends or family unless you just want a pat on the back. Listen to the criticism, and even (especially) if you don’t agree with it, try putting it in your music anyway, you might be pleasantly surprised.

5.) Last, endeavor to seek uncomfortable creative experiences that force you to try new things. You will be more thoughtful and well-rounded.


Play, Produce and Study. Study, Play and Produce. Produce, Play and Study.

Learn classical harmony (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony). Learn counterpoint (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterpoint).

Learn in the books (read and produce), and the music.

The two sets of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach could be your best friends. I learn about music every day in these two books. For me, a well-formed musician play/learn/study a piece of WTC a week (in the beginning) a day (later).

The more important, nevertheless:

Live, live, live. Love, love, love. The best activities.

When you live something in your life (it's not as easy as it's seem…), even a very small emotion, try rigth away to express it with your music. It's the clue.

When you will be able to tell me what is your whole life, what is your whole "inside", with your music, then you'll be a great composer and a great musician.

Know yourself. Know who you are, deeply. Tell it with your music, inside your music.

  • I understand.you answered for how to compose better.yes i under stand that feeling involve alot here.but also you should study alot to get more infulence.its not just about feeling here.so i ask if what im doing is enough... – Orel Yaakov Apr 20 '19 at 13:30
  • Read my very first line, @OrelYaakov. No feelings. Study three times. – user59242 Apr 20 '19 at 13:32
  • Ok.so,when you say study,play,prodce.study and play-i study new clasical music,i study more accompaniment,and i also play alot all the stuff i study.by produce i can say that i want to study cubase.so im doing the 3 thing that you say,but is that enough.is that all the thing i need to stduy?and i know,music is a life time study. But for planing for this time,is that good? – Orel Yaakov Apr 20 '19 at 14:45
  • Good general advice, but the question has been edited (to try to narrow/bring it back on-topic). Have you any more specific advice? – user45266 Apr 20 '19 at 20:09
  • I developed my answer, @OrelYaakov. Hope it'll be able to be usefull. – user59242 Apr 21 '19 at 3:44

I agree with Philipp Perret:

I wrote my best music when I wrote while I was in love:

In love with a girl, in love with god, in love with love, in love with music.

And so it was with the music of the troubadours, the chant, Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Bruckner, Shostakovich, the Beatles, Freddie Mercury ...

The greatest composers didn’t write for a pecuniary purpose, the greatest ever written works have been composed for a higher goal, and the most wonderful music has been notated with the subtitle: S.D.G what means “Soli Deo Gloria”.


Ray Steadman-Allen

So you can learn from the Beatles:

Hey Jude, don't make it bad.

Take a sad song and make it better.

Remember to let her into your heart,

Then you can start to make it better.

Hey Jude, don't be afraid,

You were made to go out and get her.

The minute you let her under your skin,

Then you begin to make it better.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain.

Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.

For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool,

By making his world a little colder.

Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah.

Hey Jude, don't let me down,

You have found her, now go and get her.

Remember to let her into your heart,

Then you can start to make it better.

So let it out and let it in, hey Jude, begin,

You're waiting for someone to perform with.

And don't you that it’s just you,

The movement you need is on your shoulders.

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