Tunesmithing

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.

Most of my tunes (and songs and podcasts), can be heard on SoundCloud. I also post videos of some of them on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. Here are a couple of examples:

You can see the scores for some of my tunes and songs on Musescore and you can support me by signing up for Musescore Pro via this link [affiliate link].

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