By Elizabeth Delaney
One of the most important aspects of music performance is connecting with your audience. There are several ways to accomplish this. The visual of stage presence is highly important in a live performance setting, but so is having a message and melody that sticks with them. The trick is finding that creative combo within your lyrics and music composing.
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By Delaney, E.
There's often an emotional rush that comes with writing a new song. You get your idea, you labor at your keyboard, guitar, or other instrument of choice, and you keep tweaking until it seems you've beat it to death. Maybe you even take it to an open mic somewhere to test it out, or perhaps your home church if you are blessed enough to have that opportunity. But what to do once it's been written and forged into the masterpiece you knew it could be?
Becoming a composer all starts with the music, but here are many aspects outside of the music itself that are essential. To become a composer, is to harness and facilitate the creativity within you, through various means of invoking inspiration, and letting it out through writing music. Every composer does it differently, but ultimately it’s about writing constantly and seeking out that inspiration. Many composers are asked, “What comes first when writing music?” The thing is it’s almost always different. But there are a few things to know that can help you work more efficiently when the creativity comes.
Musicians are experimenting more and more, given this melting-pot, postmodernist time period we’re currently in. And orchestral strings, like the violin, viola, or cello, are no longer only used classical music. Today they are being used in just about every genre you can imagine. Regardless of genre, these instruments can add a rich, warm tone to the music. Stringed instruments are versatile. Depending on where they are found in the different genres, you may find them being used as a rhythm section, playing the main melody, or even to provide harmony or instrumental fills.
For a musician, a solid repertoire list is about as good as a resumé in some cases. If you're doing auditions of any kind you will most likely have to submit a repertoire list. It’s also necessary in some cases where the musician is working close with someone that is hiring them for a gig. For example, situations like weddings, where the musician is consulting with the bride and groom about music for the ceremony. It’s great to have a list ready. So the question is how does one build a solid repertoire list?