#17: Copying Music - 30 Minutes
Recently, I had the great pleasure of working with my friend Anthony Wilson. Anthony is a magnificant guitarist, composer, and arranger, and one of my favorite individuls. We were talking about the importance and value of being able to compose music away from an instrument, more specifically with just a pencil and manuscript paper. This has so many applications, especially as you travel and want to keep up your composing chops. So in response to the question of how to get better at this, Anthony encouraged me to begin copying scores, note for note. Something about writing a piece of music that you’ve heard and love, in your own hand, will you help you see what it feels like to be on the composer’s end of the process and also increase the fluidity with which you can transfer ideas to paper.
So today, as I am feeling kind of lethargic and trying not to play too much guitar at the moment in order to rest my hands, so I want to jump in and start copying some scores! First I’ll pick a composition that I have a score of or is available on www.imslp.org. Then I’ll copy as much as I can in a 30 minute window and report back.
Would anyone like to join? Let’s say after we’ve done it, we’ll post a couple obervations/questions that arose and if possible, a photo of your hand written score. I think musical hand writing can be so fascinating!
Deadline is bedtime…