August 10, 2005

Music Study Time

I have, for a long time, been wanting to really get into an album. I've wanted to really break it down and take a look at the structure of the songs, the lyrics, the melody, the arrangement, but I haven't. I've thought about it many times, considered different albums and what I could learn from each one, but I've never actually sat down to do it. Partly I just didn't ever really feel the need because I didn't know that I really didn't know how to write songs, and partly because I wasn't sure how to do it.

I didn't have much of a clue about how to break down a song, musically, into it's pieces and parts. In the past year, I've learned a lot, from Ben, from Miguel, and from doing a lot of reading and thinking about music. I know how to find a melody on the keyboard (or guitar), I know what chords are in each key (mostly), and I know how to get more information. I can break down a song.

So, with another listen to Pinkerton (by Weezer), my all-time favorite album, I got started. And I'm learning. I feel like I'm actually getting a better idea of what it takes to put together a real song, and it's very exciting. I feel like I'm lacking a lot of pieces still, but I'm making progress, and I feel good about my newfound ability to do this song-dissection.

Hopefully you'll be able to hear what I've learned in songs to come, especially in the melody, as that's where I'm focusing. Right now, it's back to listening to 'Falling For You'.

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