Want to compose music but aren't sure where to start? Look here to find out
(sorry for some of the pictures apparently they stopped working on me, and yes some are from the internet)
Step 1: #1 - Why?
What a simple question, why do you want to compose music. Not that it is really necessary to composing, but it may give you a good headstart, or a passion to get through.
Step 2: #2 - Knowledge of Music
No you don't need to be a PhD in Music Theory to know how to compose, in fact alot of famous composer's had no idea how to read music (which how they did it is beyond me) I'd suggest atleast a remedial knowledge though, just enough to know where to start
If you already know how to read music well skip ahead to the 4th step(not 4th page 4th step!)
Step 3: #3 - the Basics of Music
Where to start? I guess with the very beginning To be honest I am not sure how to explain it. Check the pictures on how to draw the notes and clefs. A staff is where it all happens, without it there really is no music, it consists of 5 horizontal lines and 4 spaces between them. There are vertical lines at the end of each staff, and on a page of sheet music, the page music is written on, there is a reasonable amount of space, just enough to give any marks to help the song flow or notes that sit on. Since i just realized it would take a couple of hours for me to explain this go watch this video Here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNqQqvT43yo&eurl=http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Music
The guy really is good, i had no idea how to read most of Trebele before i watched the video(I have always played a bass-clef instrument
There is a ton more out there to learn( I'm not going even going to go into key signatures or sharps or flats), i recommend either watching the rest of the guys video's above, which i haven't done much of, or buying a book about, reading online, or like most musicians go and learn to play an instrument...
Excuse the blurry photos
Step 4: #4 - Sheet Music for All!
The first thing you need beyond an understanding of basic music is sheet music, it is where all your composing goes.
Now you can draw your own staffs on a page, like I did. Or you can find a place online that will give you free blank sheet music. I recommend Blanksheetmusic.com they have a real nice gadget that allows you to customize the staff, including printing key signatures, clefs, and more, beyond drawing your own it really is the best place to go.
Step 5: #5 - It's All in the Style
What kind of style do you want, country, classical, rock, jazz? You would think so but, it is important to know your style.
Step 6: #6 - Get Started!
What better way to start then to dive in! Nobody can tell you how to write your song, and so nobody can really tell you how to start! Base your music off of anything you want, steal a melody here or there,( not sure how illegal that is though) and let your brain flow
there are music composing programs out there, you still have to work but you can usually get a playback out of them, always seemed to slow for me so i go by hand.
Step 7: Have Fun!
This is probably more important than anything, if your not having fun then why are you doing this? If your not happy it will show in your work, Make the music with some challenge to the musiccian but easy enough to actually play.