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Chapter 3. Finding and developing ideas > Review your work ­ less is more - Pg. 79

Finding and developing ideas 79 Keep moving ­ work creates work It is most important to keep moving. It can be a very daunting experience to stare at a blank Arrange window in Logic and not be able to start. Once you have set your criteria, record anything that it suggests. If you can only think up a tiny fragment of a tune, don't worry. Record it. That's enough. Remember that Beethoven built huge musical masterpieces from just such fragments. Don't dwell on it, but move on. Does that first phrase suggest something else? Does it beg an answer? Can it be repeated? Upside down or back to front. Keep moving. The more you write, even if it is not very good, the easier it will become. Work creates work and ideas produce yet more ideas. You can refine and improve them later. Repetition and variation OK so how do we keep things flowing if we can't think of anything? One method of course is simple repetition. It's an essential ingredient of most music. So many beginners are scared stiff to repeat an idea, afraid that it will be boring to do so. On the contrary, an opening phrase will often set an air of expectancy. When this phrase is repeated, the listener's subconscious picks up on it and a basic psychological and emotional sense of musical fulfillment is achieved. Of course it would be utterly boring if the same phrase were repeated endlessly. This is why we also need variation. Repetition and variation, hand in hand ­ together they make a very powerful composition tool for almost any style of music. Keep it simple ­ details later As well as moving on, it is important to keep it simple. Save the detail until later. If it's melodic