Part Two - Composing for Voice
Now we look at what to
do if you choose the second option, composing for voice.
This time you will
have to decide which key you wish to compose in. My suggestion would be
keep it simple' stay with C, G, or F major. 0r A, E, or D minor.
hese three keys will be the easiest to write in. You won't gain any extra marks by
choosing a more
difficult key (like six sharps or flats). Because you are at grade 5 standard you will
be well familiar with
the keys suggested.
If you do choose one of the minors emember to be aware of the
Try humming the scale
of C major under your breath, remember you have to stay silent in the exam room,
with practice you will find it's quiet easy to hum the scale in your head.
Whatever sound comes to mind first think of it being middle C. and then silently hum a
full octave of the
major scale and down again to the tonic.
If you have difficulty
with this, first play the scale on your instrument, then hum it immediately, keep doing
this until you can hum the scale without playing it first.
Try this method with
each of the suggested scales, you will soon find the one which is best for you.
In the composition
section of the exam there's never a specific correct answer. This is what makes it
difficult to teach on-line. It's got to be your idea, your inventiveness from your
However; we can work
through a melody to assist in getting the technical part right. So, I've written
some words to provide us with a model, we can start to put music to