Will my ability to play piano by ear help with music composition?

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  • 4 years ago
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    Agreeing with Tim - maybe you can wander around the keyboard playing things that sound lovely in the moment - but improvisation, even if eventually notated, is very seldom *composition*. To compose music means to structure your materials and develop their growth and change. Since notation programs have become so common, more and more JUNK is now referred to as composition, because it sound pretty when you hit PLAY, and gee - it looks so nice on the page. Still junk. Lipstick on a pig. If you cannot write a classic minuet, or a 32-bar AABA song, or even a 12-bar blues, then you are not a composer - you are just floundering. Learn some legitimate skills - including how to play the piano better from notation. Playing by ear is a good skill to have - but you need other skills to compose.

  • Tim
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    4 years ago

    Sure it will help. Every talent we have helps. But you still need to know how to craft music well and be able to notate it. A couple of times we've been asked to look at some untrained person's 'composition' that simply made no sense on paper. In one case it showed four 64th notes in a measure separated by unwieldy groups of rests. That was how the computer interpreted what he had played. But all he needed was four staccato quarter notes. You can always tell the amateurs. However, to anyone who didn't know what they were looking at, it looked cool as heck. He was very proud of that fact. Don't be that guy.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It depends on how good your ability to "play be ear" is. Some people use that term just to mean they can't read music, others mean that they can play whatever they hear or imagine.

  • 4 years ago

    Yes, it means you can write down what you imagine in your head without having to pick it out note by note on a keyboard.

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