In this class Robert Mathieson discusses his process for composing tunes. Basic musical building blocks run through every tune, but exploring these you can quickly and easily build new tunes. Rob composes the first two part of a jig live! Check out the master at work!
In this class we take a look at what it takes to be a good composer. We first examine existing work and see what dynamics we can use to make a good tune. What chord structures can be used to invoke emotion in the listener? We also discuss two bar phrasing, high hand & low hand dominant phrasing, and idiom choice.
Ever wonder what chord structures there are in bagpiping? Ever try to write harmonies? In this session we break apart some tunes and explain what the different keys are and how tunes are divided by these keys. Enjoy!
In this session we take a basic look at harmonies and how there are used. We first take a look at some basic theory made simple and then go over several harmony lines of the Mingulay Boat Song to reinforce. Enjoy!
In this session we take a broad look at harmony. We first have to know a bit about the different chord structures available to highland piping. We then take a look at several different examples from different arrangers. Enjoy!
In this session we go over two tunes that you can take back to your band or other merry bunch of pipers to harmonize with! A stirring compound-time slow air called the Mingulay Boat Song and a 3/4 retreat march - Dream Valley. Enjoy
We expand upon the ideas presented from student composition ideas from last week. We go through one of these submissions getting some more advanced tips for improvement. We then take that musical idea and discuss how different idioms evolve. Up next week - harmony writing with Alex Gandy