I have just started composing my first piece for classical guitar. I have always had the ideas for many pieces, but never really acted on them, I guess because of my [unsuruty] of how things would turn out, kept thinking "will this sound ok to others...will this be a nice piece for others to play"
Anyway, this piece I am writing is for a friend (Long story, but I saw a black & white photo of her standing in Ohio in the early 80's with the biggest perm and the biggest smile, so the idea to write a song for her just came instantly)
So, the way I am writing this piece (with my great inexperience lol!) is to first divide the piece in to it's story line. Three short movements with repeats. Second, I work out the tempo and if possible key signature for the first movement and so on...for ex: The first piece is of my friends arrival in Ohio and she is in the street smiling happily so i figure a tempo moderato to match the business of Ohio and plenty of melody in a major key. Now I begin to play and experiment with the different major signatures and only when I find the right melody etc do I right it down....I usually work out a chord progression first, as this allows me to hear how this piece should sound.
I hope to finish by April 2014
1. When I fist started writing this piece I wanted to have lots of sharps and flats in it, as I thought it would appear too basic with no real emotion (my inexperience again) - but after experimenting I now realise that unless the pice demands it, having a massive attack of accidentals or a key signature with B major key signature will not make the piece sound any better. My first movement for me only sounds best in common time. A few accidentals sort out any areas which need a diversion.
2. I good pot of coffee helps too
I am very inexperienced beginner composer so any advice any of you can offer will really sincerely be very much appreciated.