I exist. That'd pretty much be it. Pictures made on Paint.NET (getpaint.net) and Apophysis 7X.
Age 28, Male
A bit of everything
As a teacher
Joined on 12/23/13
Thanks Tom! :D
Lookin' real sharp there, Lucid! I mean, well...it is a pin. Just don't poke yourself. :D
I think I'm sharp enough not to poke myself with the pin ^____^
Of course everyone should! :D Nice advertising! Also sleeping with a pin, hmm.... sounds interesting! This needs to have a sequel...
Hehhe, unless you have already, why don't you buy a pin and make the sequel ;)
I wish I had a penicorn! If I did, I'd make the penicorn wear the pin :3
Nice pin! Reeeeeeaaaallly nice song!
Dude, I'm jealous of your ability. What is the most efficient way that I can get to your level of piano-playing/composition? I'm a beginner (maybe almost intermediate) player practicing Hanon exercises for a couple of months. If you've any suggestions, I'm all ears. :)
Alright, so unless you're the kind of person who has full and complete discipline over your every action, I recommend finding songs you really love. Like, reaaally like, and want to learn. It doesn't matter if they're difficult. The best difficulty level is a bit beyond your reach, but at the very start, a lot of pieces will be well beyond your reach (if your goal is to play them perfectly). But that doesn't have to matter. That is because being really familiar with the piece and having a strong motivation to learn it is the best way to get going, even if it ends up taking a long time to actually "perfect" it. That way, you'll be able to practice without noticing the time passing, and you'll get better faster than you even realize.
While exercises are good and all, it's more important to preserve your motivation for playing the instrument in the first place. If you can, learn a bit of theory and sheet music/similar stuff on the side, while making the music the important part. Naturally, practicing often (or just playing, tbh) and sleeping well are both important :D
As for composition, it's a bit of a different beast. Arranging is a bit related though, if you're going to, say, cover a piece. It becomes easier the more you familiarize yourself with the chords, harmonies, rhythms etc. But the general rule stays the same: Try many different things until you find something that sounds good. Commit it to memory, and move on to the next part, and work on that until it sounds good to you (personally) too. Sometimes, music tends to write itself this way.
Every now and then you come up with two very different things that both sound good. So then you might want to either bridge the gap through the arrangement with transitions, or simply figure out whether to keep both parts in the first place. Either way, it comes down to listening and enjoying what you're creating, more than anything.
Sorry if you were looking for very specific advice, but I find that that approach would require a book or two! I really think it's mostly about the way you mentally approach the task; attitude is key :)
Good luck on your learning journey! I hope you have fun with it :D