Tip #73 – A Reminder for Subtle Influences

Over the past few months, I have detailed of aspects of certain genres and styles, from their unique scales to chord progressions, form, treatment of melody, motifs, rhythm, etc.

While you as the composer can certain take these bits of advice to compose something uniform – say, like in the style of an “authentic” delta blues song for example – there is nothing forcing you to.

You very much can Frankenstein your piece by having subtle influences to a composition, but not let it be overbearing. For example: your entire composition could be classical in nature, but have a blues based melody. A country song you are writing could have a Latin percussion beat in the backing rhythm for some spicy flavor. Or your next electronic club hit could sample some passages from Renaissance era vocal counterpoint.

Be creative, but keep in mind that a little goes a long way!

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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