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5-17-2010 @ 5:24PM
First and foremost. Listen to music. All music. Listen to pop music, indie bands, metal, country, classical. Anything you can get your ears onto, enjoy it. It's like a language- surround yourself in it, and eventually you'll start to pick things up.Of course, that theory is rather theoretical. It's one thing to listen to music, and another to sit down and write some.Try taking some music courses in class, or maybe private music lessons if you're not already doing so. As for composition, I started with Finale Notepad. Crude, yes, but it got the job done for five years. It used to be free, but now I think they put a price on it.Finale and Sibelius are really intuitive and thorough music writing programs, but they come with a wicked learning curve and a high pricetag. I got my program for half the normal price (student discount), and it was well worth it.Or, if you play guitar, start writing in TABS (though I can't be much help there, I'm terrible with that).Don't start judging your music till you've written so many songs that you've lost count, and don't be afraid to share your talents with others. Four months ago I was a 17 year old kid sitting in front of a computer playing wow and thinking, "Hey, wouldn't it be neat if I wrote some music for this?" Well, actually, not much has changed, but I've learned a lot since then. Practise practise practise. Is my music perfect? No. Decent? I like to think so. I mean, it's a heck of a lot better than the crap I was writing a year ago. >::D
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