by Simon Ager
I started composing tunes in 2015. Before then I often improvised on various instruments, especially the piano, but never composed anything specific. One day I decided to try composing an actual tune. Since then I've written quite a few.
Tunes often emerge when I'm noodling around on an instrument, especially the cavaquinho or piano. If I like what develops, then I'll make a rough recording, usually on my phone. Then I let it stew for a while, play it many times, and maybe tweak it a bit, and eventually make a better recording on my computer.
Sometimes I decide to write a tune to play in a set with others, or decide to write one in a particular key. Other times I think of a name, then write a tune to go with it.
At first I didn't write the tunes down, but kept them in my head and recorded them. In 2018 I started writing and arranging tunes using musescore. Some tunes I arrange for multiple instruments. Others I arrange multiple parts on one instrument.
My tunes get played, by me and others, at folk music sessions in and around Bangor, and they will be included in a book of tunes from North Wales. One tune has been played on Radio Cymru. My tunes also feature on my podcasts.
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