Note: This is a post about the day 10 of the Thirty Days of Focus, see the introductory post for more details.
After a wild experiment yesterday (day 9), I asked myself whether what I had written was actually playable and whether it sounded well. I took the guitar in my hands, slowly went through the score… and no, I was not satisfied.
The next question was, “What would make a better intro?” Contemplating it, I realized that I would like the intro to have the following traits:
- It represents the harmony, the key in which this composition is written (in this case, D minor).
- It represents the rhythm, the time signature of the composition (in this case, 6/8).
- It is really simple musically, so it is easy to follow.
I wandered around on the fretboard and found out that the chord around the lowest D I have with the classical tuning (i.e. the 5th fret on A string or the open D string) would be a good choice to use as a foundation. I chose to take the “power chord” (D-A-D) from the D on the A string, as it provided me with opportunities to easily shift both higher and lower, as well as gave me a more solid timbre of lower strings.
From that, I decided that D, F and C would go well in a sequence, and after exploring a few options, decided that I would go with eighth notes D-D-D-F-F-F | C-r-r-D-r-r (r = rest), and started building the development from there.
As I thought of linking to section A, I noticed how different the same notes wanted to be played with the upbeat (as it was written in the score) or without it (as was aligned with the idea of a really simple intro). I decided in favor of simplicity without the upbeat.
Another important moment to mention was that I remembered the advice from the improvisation course to “speak in sentences”, which steered me away from holding long notes everywhere, toward making more rests instead.
Here’s the part of the score that changed today: Day 10 score. After all, I discarded those chords I put inside section A yesterday, but adjusted the melodic part to the rhythmical flow coming from the new intro. I also drafted an interlude with chords at the end of section B.
- I checked the qualities of the score by going through it on the instrument.
- I discovered that a good intro would give listeners opportunity to understand the key and the time of the composition with some easy-to-follow musical content.
- I decided the area of the fretboard where I would like to start the new intro.
- I made a few choices in favor of simplicity.
- I discarded a part of the yesterday’s and adjusted the rest to follow the flow of the music.
- I sketched an idea in the place where I would like to work next.