Compose Yourself: Learning From The Rule-Breakers

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This week’s Compose Yourself demonstrates that many music students often forget that the best composers are also the best listeners.  That’s certainly where Richard gets all of his ideas from – other composers, past and present!  Here’s his list of 5 counter-intuitive genius ideas that should get you thinking…..and composing! The First Movement of Mahler’s Read More

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Learn To Play Day: 5 Books To Get You Going

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Learn To Play Day has been and gone, we were running some pretty mind blowing free taster lessons in our shops, hopefully you managed to get along to a shop near you – thank you to everyone that came along and had a blast. Check out our Twitter feed to see some of the lovely Read More

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Compose Yourself: Rules To Give You Freedom

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Composers are addicted to rules.  Ever since earliest times, fashion and theoretical rules have dominated the creative process.  And although many see rules as stifling and suffocating, composer Richard Mainwaring thinks they give him musical freedom. Imagine driving the roads of the UK without a Highway Code?  How much freedom would we all have then, Read More

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