Tip #133 – Checklist for a Well-Crafted Ending

At some point, you are going to want your musical compositional piece to end. As good as a composition is, it should end to give way to another exciting work of yours.

So, what are some aspects to keep in mind on writing a strong ending?

Well, we can think of several aspects that can act as a checklist, such as having the ending of a piece of music…

  • Officially end the composition in an interesting and engaging way
  • Use a finish of slowing-down (or speeding up) rhythmically
  • Extend an ending phrase, as possibly a vamp or sequence
  • Be characteristic to the rest of the composition
  • Utilize it as the peak climax, or point of resolution

Once again, these are tips in mind – whether you decide to use them or not is up to you. You are the composer, write how you want!

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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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