Piano Score for Prelude in G

I’ve finished score for my Prelude in G Major. The Prelude is an impressionistic and chilled Intermediate Piano piece reminiscent of Satie’s Gymnopedie.  To play it well, practice your arpeggios!

A sample of the first page can be seen below.  The complete piece can be purchased online from SMP Press .

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How did this piece begin?

How did this piece begin you may ask? The main idea for this piece started as I played around with a few melodies based on a G Major Seven chord. ( G, B, D with a F#)

Part A – The exposition

The first 20 bars contain the first theme in a variety of forms.  At bar 21  the music  modulates (change key) from the tonic key  (G major) to the dominant and a similar theme in D major starts at bar 28.

Part  B – The Development

At bar 43 the music modulates to D minor and you hear a minor version of the theme with a blues feel to the harmony.

The theme modulates to the relative  F major version at bar 50. (The relative major of D minor).

We change key again at bar 58 arriving in C major or the sub-dominant version of the theme.

Part A –  The Recapitulation

The music modulates back to the tonic key of G major at bar 74 repeating the   whole of first G major section.

The piece ends  at  a short coda with a G blues scale and some jazzy sounding chords. In all, you can think of the piece as a theme and variations – simple really!

Below is a sample of the first page. You can purchase the complete piece at

 

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I’ve been listening to allot of Beethoven lately – what an amazing composer. This piece is a bit of a homage to his Piano music.

In this piece, I’m playing around with diminished chords. They are really useful if you want to modulate (change key) to distant keys. They act as a sort of a pivot or bridge.

I do hope you like it. I would love some feedback. Its a fairly challenging piece and fun to play  – I do have the sheet music if your interested!

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Composing music with a pentatonic scale.

How do you start?

So, how do you start composing music? My advice: start simple. If you have a keyboard you can start with just that (although this will work on any instrument). By the way, you don’t have to even be able to play keyboard – although that will help of course!

Use a pentatonic scale

composingIf you look at your keyboard, you will see black and white notes. We are going to only play black notes.  Playing  only the black notes is a form of what’s called a pentatonic scale. It has only five notes.

This means, you can play as many notes as you like at once using one or two hands because they won’t clash;  you will always have a harmonious or pleasant sound – even if it sounds like Chinese music!

Make up a simple tune

Then, why not try making a simple tune using this same scale? Many folk and hymn tunes are written using just a pentatonic scale – including Amazing Grace.

Bravo! You have played using your first scale or mode. This is called a Pentatonic scale comprising of just 5 notes: on the keyboard these notes are named: (Black notes are called flats and sharps)

Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb

How did you get on? Now, try recording it on your phone and why not post it to me and I’ll give you some feedback!

Happy composing!

Note: a big key to creativity is to write regularly. I improvise (make up) something every day.

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