Three Quick Steps to Compose Your Own Piano Music

Posted by Yoke Wong on 11/7/2013 to Piano Improvisation

Most people think it’s difficult to compose music for the piano. The fact is they weren’t taught the proper way to whip out quick piano music. Here are three steps that will have you composing in no time.

  1. Find a Chord Progression
    Most musicians like to start out with a piano chord progression. There are many chord progressions out there. Chord progressions are a series of chords strung together. They’re almost like a musical puzzle. Once you piece them together, you’ll hear nice music, and it won’t go wrong.
    Because chord progressions are so helpful, musicians like to start out by choosing the most used chord progressions and giving their own “signature twist” to it.
    Because learning to play through different common progressions in various keys is such an important part of music composition, you need to learn to recognize these progressions from Roman numerals, so you can quickly master and transpose them to other keys. Here are a few famous piano chord progressions, and you can pick any of these as a starting point.
    • ii-V-I
    • I-IV-V
    • I-vii-IV-V
    • I-vii-ii-V
    In this video, I will show you how to compose with a common chord progression.

  2. Choose Your Melody
    Once you find the right chord progression, it’s time to pick the melody’s notes. So, how do you go about it?
    The easiest way to create your melody is by picking the notes that belong to the chords. For example, if you’re using the C chord, you can pick C, E, or G as the melody’s notes. Using this as rule of thumb, you will have multiple notes to pick from, or you can use a single melody note and decide to have it last longer.
    As you can see, this gives you many possibilities for creating your melody.

  3. Design Your Rhythmic Pattern
    This is my favorite part. The rhythmic pattern of your music portrays the music’s mood. If you decide to go with slow music, you can have musical notes that last slightly longer (two beats or more). Similarly, if you want a fast rhythmic song, you want all musical notes to last a shorter duration so it doesn’t get too boring.
    Now that you understand the process of composing, watch this short video, and you can start cranking out your own music.

Would you agree that creating music is really not that difficult? I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share your ideas or experience on composing music by writing a comment below!

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Date: 11/8/2013
Great tutorial. I receive your newsletters often but this made so much sense today. Trying to focus on which hand plays what... great clarity provided. Will certainly be a regular viewer of your vids, etc. Thanks! Mark
Pete Spinuzzi
Date: 11/8/2013
I think your classes are the greatest. But I'm still having a bad time with some of them. I think I'm going to need private lessons for a while. Thank you. I try everything you send. Keep them coming Pete
yvonne bullard
Date: 11/8/2013
What an eye opener! I always wanted to know which key to select in order to pick out the melody of a song. No more guessing. I appreciate the articles you have sent so far. I promise to purchase a couple of your lessons as soon as I am financially capable. Thanks again,
Date: 11/8/2013
You make every thing so simple and interesting to learn and understand. Many thanks! Rosario
Date: 11/9/2013
Thank you. This is just the kind of videos I'm looking for! I'm going to try this method out.
Date: 11/9/2013
Very interesting lesson..........I can't wait to try it.... I find all of your lessons very interesting and to the point...Thanks........
Mary Jo
Date: 11/9/2013
Dear Yoke, One lesson in your Definitive Piano Improvisation Course involved composing using the second note of each scale, which I had never done in any predominate way because I thought seconds sounded ugly and discordant. By the end of the lesson I had composed "Second Chance." I love it and it gets lots of compliments. The song reminds me to take a second look at something that at first does not appear beautiful. Thanks so much for your simple, clear, effective lessons! Mary Jo Hand, Land O Lakes, Florida, USA
Roger Baker
Date: 11/9/2013
the greatest way to learn to play at your finger tips! thanks Yoke.....
Date: 11/10/2013
@Mary Jo - I would love to hear your "Second Chance". 2nd does seem dissonant at first but having it quickly resolve to 1st or 3rd making it so much more interesting. Yoke
John Cerveny
Date: 11/10/2013
The Lesson was what I LIke.Iam not interested in playing complicated music but like to play what I can invent and enjoy.
Date: 11/10/2013
The more information that I receive, from the videos , the lessons get better, and I thank you so much.
jean curry
Date: 11/10/2013
Yes music is an art. Yet I must say I have not been playing as I should. You see I hope to take a few lessons so can have more experience under my belt. I thank you for all the help you have given me and I shall remember it always.I still need to receive emails from you.
Date: 11/10/2013
very interesting. this type of lesson will help us lot. thanks.
Paulo Ngusa
Date: 11/10/2013
Thanks to make dificult things easy,I enjoy your lecture and now you changed my life because I can play abeautful music,Thanks again.
Date: 11/11/2013
Thank you Yoke Wong I am working on that. Hope to get more this sort of lesson and ecouraging from you. Thanks once more. Take care
Date: 11/12/2013
thank you for this video. helps a lot. and hey, even i would like to hear Mary Jo's 'Second Chance'. i like listening to new music...
Date: 11/12/2013
Dear Yoke , only a teacher whose concept is clear about his/her lesson, can be clearer to a student too! It seems you are an excellent teacher !Its interesting , i love to follow your instructions. THANK YOU. Blessings, gorky
Date: 11/12/2013
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Date: 11/17/2013
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Date: 11/22/2013
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Ruben Pascual
Date: 11/23/2013
Nice tutorial. My six year old daughter started working on that one.
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Date: 8/20/2014
very good lesson and composition; i want to learn more from your teaching

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