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Would you like to learn how to write music?
Discover the powerful feeling of writing your own music with free, easy music composition lessons for beginners!
If it's your own music, writing music is also composing music.
Some believe that composing music is only for professional composers, and would never attempt to write a song themselves. What a sad limitation, that music composition is somehow only for a selected few...
Who dares to pretend to be a composer before having learned everything about music theory, harmony, analysis, composition techniques, counterpoint, instrumentation, arranging....?
Well, I dare to say that anyone with some knowledge of music can start learning how to write music! I also dare to say that music belongs to everyone. Use it. Enjoy it. Love it. Create it. And WRITE it!
Actually, composing music does not mean that you have to know how to read or write music notation. But it helps.
For professionals, composing music is a lot like writing poetry. You have to plan and outline the structure, the meter, the rhythm, the techniques to use, and the type of composition you want to do.
Learning how to write music is not so much a talent, as it is an acquired and developed skill. But even as a beginner, you can start composing with only a few easy techniques.
So, except for great imagination and basic knowledge of musical notation- what do you need to start composing?
But you could also go low-tech and invite friends who play or sing to test-drive your new piece!
Tip: Make sure to print out some of my free printable staff paper before you begin!
Sharpen your pencil, and practice to write the notes, clefs etc. as you learn about them. This will make everything you learn here easier to remember.
The main components or elements of a musical composition are the:
But, since a melody is dependent on rhythm to be interesting, it's included, so to say. So, actually, only two of the elements above are the most basic of a piece. Melody (with rhythm) and Harmony or Chords.
This means that if you just compose a melody and find chords that fit, that's all you need to arrange your composition in any possible way!
The first 3 lessons in how to write music for beginners below, will through exercises teach you:
Sounds good? So without further ado, let's get started! Click on any of the links to go to the lesson:
Here are more beginner music composition lessons:
And, just for fun and perhaps some inspiration:
I hope these lessons will help to get you started to write your own music!