Eric Keller I'm studying to be a composer.

Welcome to my site.

Composition is a creative pursuit. How can you learn composing? By studying what others have done, by digging into the theory, and by experimenting yourself. This is what I do: I study, learn and experiment.

Here I share some nuggets of what I've found. And some opinions, no matter whether they are popular or not.

All great composers have been innovators. One of the great innovations of the 21st century may be a return to harmoniousness. Music that is not only pleasant but also inspiring. That's what I aim for in my own composing.

I’ve had melodies swirling around my head for as long as I can remember. But I never learned an instrument. I even bought a good piano many years ago. Finally I said, enough, either sell it, or settle down and learn to really play it.

In fact, really get into music, be serious about music. Full time.

I contacted a wonderful Internet piano teacher by the name of Tracy Rose and I began to learn the piano, from scratch. I discovered 10 thumbs on my hands. Too bad, but there was a silver lining: the fantastic world of composing and of creating original music on a computer.

ComposingI love experimenting. In a corner of my computer I've built a virtual orchestra, with instruments from around the world. I've been amazed at the incredible tools available free of charge or at affordable prices. As I go along, I discover new tricks and understand better what is required for composing and for creating music on a computer. I hear new effects, which lead to more secrets of composition and sound processing.

A lot of it is learning by discovery. No one ever said it was easy. There is a huge amount to learn: instruments, human performance, types of music, what makes great music tick, technologies, sound processing, computing, you name it. But if you experiment, you'll quickly find out what is poFree Musicssible and what isn't, and where you still need to learn a whole lot more. After a while, you do get a sense of where you want to go.

Good luck struck in September 2017. Ivo Antognini, a well-known composer who teaches at the Lugano (Switzerland) music conservatory, has taken me on as a composition student. His lessons are direct and get right to the heart of what I need to learn. After trying composing without a teacher for a year, I was very happy to be accepted. Yes, one might eventually be able to learn most of the tricks of composing by doing, reading and experimenting. But having a competent instructor cuts right to the chase. Your teacher finds out what you don't know yet and what need to work on right away. Then you dig in and ultimately you save yourself a lot of grief, you avoid massive misunderstandings from professional musicians, and you get to your goal much faster.

Here I've collected some steps of my own learning. The site grows as I learn. With every piece of music, I wonder how to make the music as best as possible, given the tools at my disposition. Above all, I yearn for music that moves us inside.

Have a look around. Perhaps you might like something here. All my music is free.

 

References:

Tracy Rose, piano teacher: http://musiclessonsanywhere.net/

Ivo Antognini, composer: http://www.ivoantognini.com/MUSIC_COMPOSER/home.html