There are probably dozens of approaches and techniques for writing a melody. The technique I would like to focus on works well with young students and offers a step-by-step approach to early endeavors in composition. Read More.
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 3 – Composition Form
In this installment of How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, classroom guitar expert, Mike Christiansen, discusses composition form, the form of the song you are writing. Writing a song is like writing a story. Like writing words, the melody and the chords have to work together to make sense and have direction…Read More.
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 2 – Chord Progressions
In the first blog on composition, Classroom Guitar expert Mike Christiansen talked about finding the chords in major and minor keys by using the chord clock found in the Consonus Guitar Fundamentals: Beginning Guitar Complete book. In this post Mike talks about chord progressions…Read More…
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students, Part 1
How to Teach Composition to Guitar Students Some of you may have been to one of my sessions at an MEA conference where I discussed methods of teaching music composition in guitar classes. In this series of blogs on composition I’m going to go into more detail on how to sequentially present composition skills to Read the Rest…