How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #15

This is a very abstract and avant-garde way of composing.

Start by writing on a piece of sheet music a bunch of notes at random – with a variety of note lengths and pitches. Do this without thought. You can even ask a friend to do this and ask them to randomly write stuff on a staff.

Next, rip the piece of sheet music up. How you do that is up to you, but I suggest that each scrap of paper contains at least one note figure of motif.

From there, arrange and piece back together the sheet music. You certainly don’t have to use all the scraps. Also, you can invert the scraps and turn them upside down against the staff to get a new pitch.

Now, play your creation. If you like it, keep it! In the case that you don’t approve of it, edit it or start from the beginning of the process again.

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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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