Thursday, November 30, 2017

Welcome to the Music-Making Workshop!

                    Megan not only has a great interest in art and many artsy things, she also has a natural talent for such things. While I enjoy much of that as well, my interests lie more in the musical realms of art. I play the cello and sing alto (generally the lead) and sometimes either soprano or tenor, and I plink around on the piano, as well. But these various instruments are only the surface of my love for music.

          My greatest aspiration in music is not to be the best cellist in the world, but it is to leave behind a legacy of written music that others can use for years after I’m gone. On this blog in the next several posts I write, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way with the hopes that it will help readers to either begin or continue writing music!

          Now, I’m not a professional music-anything. I’ve never gone to any high-end music schools or even had piano lessons. I taught myself to play cello (except for one year of orchestra in school). I played the bell set for a year in a small high school band. I grew up singing in church all my life and listening to the radio; at Bible school, I sang in the choir for all three years. Other than that, I’ve googled articles about music.

Perhaps my training sounds a lot like yours, and you’re just a regular person. The good news is that you don’t have to go to NYC’s famous Juilliard School for music or sing with a best-selling band in order to make music! Don’t get me wrong: growing up, it was my dream to go to Juilliard someday (which will probably never happen). But music is a gift that God has given all of humanity to enjoy, and people have been making music for much longer than Juilliard has been around. In these posts, I want to help ordinary people realize that it is within their capability to make wonderful music.

So, what am I going to say? I’m going to use some friends I met in grammar class to conduct this series. Allow me to introduce to you the Question Sisters: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Each of these questions will help us to explore some aspects of making music. (I will try to footnote unoriginal ideas, but most of what I share will be information that I picked up or came up with over the years.)

When I say “making music”, I mean just that. That could be expressed in the writing of lyrics, the writing of notes, the arranging of notes, the adding of harmony, the writing of dynamics, and/or the performing of a song. So, whether you’re making it for the first time or remaking a song, you’re making music! And when we break it down, you’ll see just how much fun it can be to make music.

So, welcome to the Music-Making Workshop!

Soli Deo Gloria!


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