Share of My Experience
Although I am not a professional
composer, I would like to share some of my experience in writing
songs and music with you.
Everyone has his/her own music irrespective of age and how much
music knowledge he/she has obtained, but feelings are the main drives
on creating the melody. Happy songs are always vivid and bright
while sad songs are often slow and sentimental.
There is no universal model or formula for writing
the melody. While one may create a new and fresh melody by himself/herself,
one may modify the notes of an exisitng music or songs. However,
we may take time to refine or further modify the notes in order
to achieve a harmonic melody.
Putting down the melody on paper may be as simple
as writing down the notes of do, re, me, fa, so, la, te, do, but
grouping the notes into phrasing may require some basic music knowledge.
On the other hand, one may simply record his/her voice in a sound
Due to the flatness of
its intonations, it is difficult to make Cantonese into lyrics.
Sicne the Chinese lyrics of old hymns are often mismatch with the
melody lines, these songs are not easy to sing and we may have to
spend a lot of time to learn.
The critical steps to begin
with are to understand the theme and to familarize the melody. Imaginations
and the word power are of course the important elements in creating
the lyrics. Making reference to the lyrics of other songs as well
as reading poems are helpful in completing this task.
A good arrangement can
beautify a music while a bad arrangement can ruin a good melody.
We may play a music with a single music instrument, e.g. piano,
guitar, voilin. In contrary, making a sophisticated arrangement
is highly technical and professonal duty which requires thorough
knowledges of the characteristics of different kinds of music instrutments
and the familarization of different styles of arrangements. Also,
it takes a lot of time for making the appropriate mix of music instrutments.
It is really a difficult job for me.