I recently decided to update my About page which was hopelessly behind. Anyway, as I (for some reason) chose to admit my failings at composing I thought it only made sense to talk about it a little.
For one, allow me to say that I’m really into Jazz. Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to other types of music (especially classical) but so far the only thing I really enjoy playing is jazz. Jazz occupies a large spectrum of styles and what I most like is Modal Jazz, Hard Bop, and Bebop. If you’re interested, More about jazz styles.
Because of my interest in jazz I had to learn a lot of theory including a little of an understanding of modes and composition just to be able to play some. I always loved the creative side of any pursuit, and so diving into composing only seemed natural. The problem with composing is that it’s hard. In concept I figured it had to be fairly simple, I mean, I whistle a new tune that doesn’t sound bad at the drop of a hat. How hard can it be to translate that to paper and stretch it out some?