FAQ: How I Write On-Screen For Lessons

As you might know, hand writing music is an integral part of the teaching approach with ScoreClub courses, and the most common question I get asked from students is how I produce the digital pen and paper writing you see in the on-screen writing demonstrations. The courses always have on-screen …

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Q&A: Understanding WHY

“Hey Alain, I come to you to ask for advice. I need help with structure and I am hoping you could perhaps point me in the right direction to discovering more about it. I’ve read/been taught about developing a theme and using variation etc. but rarely do people in books, …

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Q&A: Getting Ideas Out of Your Head & Moving Beyond the Same 3 Chords

Here is a message I received from a former private and current ScoreClub student where he expresses some very common problems composers face and that i have also worked through early on in my writing career. Hey Alain, hope you’re doing well. I’m in a bit of a rut and …

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Q: Do You Think About Voice-Leading While Composing?

Here is a VERY common question. In the midst/heat of composition, do composers really look for parallel 5ths & octaves, and other voice-leading considerations? I remember as an undergrad wondering if Bach thought about all of the things we analyzed in class? I was not yet fluent and this was very hard for …

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Tips for Dealing with Composition Fatigue

My student Simon Donovan asked me a very important (and common) question about the process of composition the other day. Here’s his question and my reply. (Thanks Simon for allowing me to post this.)   Hi Alain, … So my question is when you have written a piece or a section …

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The truth about parallel fifths and octaves: good or bad?

A VERY common source of confusion and frustration from composition students involves the use of parallel fifths and octaves. Are parallel fifths and octaves good or bad? Why are parallel fifths taught as something to avoid if they sound so good and when great composers like Debussy, Ravel, Ralph Vaughan …

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About Alain Mayrand

Alain is a working composer, orchestrator, conductor and orchestrator. His credits include "Elysium", "Ender's Game" and more.

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