How to Compose a Song Piano Lessons
this excerpt from the public televisionprogram the piano guy is brought to you by the RolandCorporation I'm here with my good friend David Benoit we're just chatting a little bit aboutsong writing and how you personally go about the process of song writing for the tunes that you have written and recorded. Hi Scott. Kei's Song isa beautiful song that you have written. I love that song. obviously pretty wellknown why don't you play a couple measures so that we will know whatwe're talking about here. I'd love to just chat
with you about how you compose songs. That really is a lovely song. thanks Give us the backstoryon that one. well it is does have kind of a funny storyactually. It was right when my wife and I first got married. mywife is from Japan her name is Kay spelled K E I and I was actually writing a song an RBsong for this group which the name I can't right now recall and
I can't remember their name The names was something like three ladies that sing RB . They were very big however manyyears ago that was probably twenty four years ago and i was thinking this song . and so I was that is kind of similar
but I couldn't get this part . I only had this . and I'm working on it and Kei walks over and says why don't you write a song about me Ohhhh . That's kind of how it worked. well, that's official. she was a museon that one. Yeah she really was. we talk to a lot of peopleasking about writing and how you get started
we get a lot of viewers asking questions aboutcomposing. How do you write a songé what's the connection to the melody tothe chords and all that . I always kind of laugh as I think there are a million different waysthat people approach it. do you you typically write something melodically first or do you do the chord changes firsté A lot of times I start with the chords first well I a lot of times I start with thechords especially if it is a rhythm song.
something kind of funky like quot;watermelon manquot; which Idid not write but I'm sure that probably he came up with the rhythm lick first and then added the melody. well actually probably when I wrotethe bridge first I think started the . but didn't start that way. It was againit was that kinda
Music Composition How To Use Geometrical Inversions To Create Original Melodies part 1
Hello this is Mike Hayes and I'd like to welcomeyou to our tutorial on music composition; on this tutorial we'lllook at some of the creative ways we can approach the subjectof writing music, the main focus of this tutorial will be about geometricalinversions. So before we get right into the actual writingof the music I'd just like to explain the concept of geometricalinversions when we're doing music composition. geometrical inversionsis a thematic development tool. it's a way of presentingthe one musical idea
four different ways; as you experiment withthe techniques and the concepts that I'll present in this tutorialyou'll find that certain inversions of your melody will bemore expressive or have a more interesting character. To show youhow this works I'm just going to ask you to image that this line representsthe pitch element of my melody and underneath here I'llmark in the rhythmic pattern, so this is the originalpresentation of my melody, it's just going to be a one bar melodyat the moment; so
we'll call this section quot;Aquot;, this is the originalpresentation of our theme. The quot;Bquot; inversion of this melodywould be to play the exact same thing only backwards, like this,this would be the pitch element and the rhythmic element wouldbe presented like this . so this is the quot;Bquot; inversion. The quot;Cquot; inversionof the melody would be the same as the original onlythis time it would not only be backwards but it would be upsidedown; like this.
here is the rhythm I'm marking in, so thiswould be inversion quot;Cquot;; it's essentially like we're looking ina puddle of water and we're seeing a reflection, the quot;Cquot; inversionis a reflection of the quot;Bquot; inversion. And finally, the quot;Dquot; inversionof our melody would be exactly the same as our originalmelody in the quot;Aquot; position only this time it would be upsidedown, so this is how it would look . and just marking in ourrhythms again, and as you can see the quot;Dquot; inversion is a reflectionof the original
theme, the quot;Aquot; section. O. K, now what I'vedone I've transferred our original sketch over on to music paperso my first theme is just a very scalelike theme, I'm startingon a C note, D and then E that's the pitch element and if you'llrecall we had this rhythmic pattern of 2+1+1. Now, to write inthe quot;Bquot; inversion it's just simply going to be the exact sameoriginal theme only backwards. So we'll start by writing in aone beat E, followed by a one beat D and then finishing on a two beat C. O. K Ithink
it's pretty easy to see what I've done therebut it will give you a different melody. Our next project is toshow you how we can workout how to get an exact reflection ofour original theme when we invert the melody in the quot;Cquot; position andthe quot;Dquot; position. Now, to find our exact reflection in the melodyfor our inversion quot;Cquot; and inversion quot;Dquot; I'm going to begin bymarking in our axis point the C, and I'm actually going to workon the quot;Dquot; inversion firstly it's just a little bit easier to showyou that first. So,