Friday, 31 May 2019

Week 7

I have 2 lines! It was quite difficult. I am influenced by many composers, but mostly the composers who I'm playing their composition: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Copland.

Bach's way of notes is amazing, that is why many people say he's the greatest composer ever. His Well-Tempered Claviers are a true work of art.

Beethoven, he helped me understand how to do a key change without making the music odd, and well, weird.

Chopin. Wow, he's the one who helped me choose my key: D flat major. His tone is just amazing. His melodies are just so shockingly good.

Debussy made me think of a cool way to express my notes.

Copland, heheh, lol, his piece I'm playing at the moment is super fun and fast. You might know what I'm talking about; The Cat and the Mouse. The rhythm is different than all the other composers I have heard. He also made me play my first glissando!! Their so fun to play but their hurt. My thumb nail has lines.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Week 6

Wow, so last week's blog was somewhat short. But it had a good reason; I got a melody!! Perhaps I have mentioned that in Week 5, but I kind of forgot. Yeah. The melody with the L.H. is quite dissonate and many people enjoy dissonate sounds.

Earlier this week, I was thinking of naming the piece. As you could possibly tell, I cannot finish this piece in 2 weeks, so I was wondering if I could name the piece Untitled or Untitled Document or The Unfinished. I personally like Untitled and The Unfinished.

I have just realized that my piece that has been composed so far, is somewhat, um, terrible? Nah, more like, dreadful and just plain awful. Therefore, I have concluded that I will recompose my piece into more of a church-style hymn. I have a great amount of experience of playing church hymns, aka last night, so I have a good knowledge of church-style music. And my sister is the Director of Choir and the church organist at the church I attend every Sunday.

I guess this blog will be short as well, as I am composing at the moment. For the first 4 weeks, I was refreshing my memory of theory, which has helped gain me the knowledge of music. And during the last 2 weeks, I was finding a melody and was starting to compose. 

I got to go, the bell's gonna ring soon.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Week 5

I'm going to keep this week's blog short and simple as I have many things to finish in a short amount of time. As you can tell, the 8th week is coming sooner than I thought, and I technically don't even have 2 lines. Yeah, huge problem. BUT, I do have a melody. I perfected it today, and it seems somewhat enjoyable. I would like to thank for helping me edit my melody and adding it on a piece of sheet music so I can hear the finished product. I tried downloading MuseScore as I used it once, but the computer I'm currently using has Chrome OS or something, and I need Windows 7 or higher in order to download.

A little thing about my melody, it's high at the moment. If you're a soprano, you would be able to sing it no problem. When I add more notes and things, I might make the melody an octave lower so it has more effect, like Yiruma's Maybe. The melody starts at the beginning, but in the middle of the piece, the melody is down the octave. It's really pretty and it makes the piece even prettier. You should go listen to it, it's beautiful. 

Here's the link to Maybe:

This is the end of Week 5 of my Passion Project!
Au revoir! 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Week 4

So guess what?

I started on my composing!
*bows and clears throat*
Thank you, thank you very much! It was in fact quite simple.

I have a few chords, and I chose a key. The key is in D flat major, it's a very beautiful key with tons of flats. The chords are major and minor which sound cool. Many people enjoy dissonant sounds, therefore I'm going to add some dissonant sounds. I have a few notes already jotted down, but there's still quite a long way to go.

Things are going well, the chords are good... I guess. I'm modest in my abilities and don't try to have a huge ego. But it's nice to sometimes stroke my ego. I think my next steps are trying to find a melody; I have a few ideas that I haven't tried yet, but I'm going to start as soon as I learn the new pieces I got from my piano teacher. 

For those of you who just found this blog randomly, I'll give you a brief overview: My Passion Project is Composing a piece of music, I don't have a melody after 4 weeks, and I like to procrastinate.

Yeah, and this project is ending soon.

Back to the story at hand, I'm deciding on whether to start a plan to make sure I get a simple melody soon; possibly next week. The plan would be called: Plan Try To Get A Good Melody!
Because I'm desperate to get a melody, I get distracted easily and I have procrastination, thus, I believe that Plan Try To Get A Good Melody is on the go!

Thank you for suffering my bad use of time and my bad planning and organization skills. This isn't the best blog, yet this gave you a good overview of where I am after 4 weeks when I got assigned this project. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Week 3


I just realized that I'm quite behind on my composing. lol
I don't have a melody... yet. I'm still working on it; currently, I'm watching a video on Youtube, called video. It was somewhat useful, however, I like doing stuff without learning the basics, so yeah, you guessed it, I didn't finish the video. It was captivating, but, yeah, I get distracted easily.

So you know, I didn't really explain why I chose the piano, and not like the violin. Well you see, I play violin, piano, organ, I sing and I know how to play the bass clarinet if you count band, ;) but piano is my dominant instrument. I started leaning it when I was 5 years old. Around 8 years! I'm old. That's nearly a decade. WHAT???!!!! Nevertheless, my age isn't important. I'm in grade 10 RCM, I'm playing some darn long pieces, AND it takes on most of my time. But really, is this important to know?

Nah, I don't think so, but perhaps you guys should know I have experience as a pianist and as a musician.

This is the end of Week 3, see you when Week 4 is published!


UPDATE: Here's my Week 4 link
Updated on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Week 2 

Hey, I'm back!! In my previous post, I said I would compose a piece of music, and it's still continuing. I have not changed it. This is a project about a passion and composing fascinates me. Today, in fact, 30 minutes ago, I presented my 60-second pitch. It didn't take longer than 60 seconds, normally I do over the minimum, but thankfully, it didn't surpass 60 seconds. If your one of the readers who gets intrigued by basic stuff, here's my pitch: 

Hello, my name is Carmen Peng, as you already know, I enjoy playing music. I always wanted to make catchy and beautiful melodies on the piano, but I haven’t been too keen on focusing on the task at hand. I get distracted very easily. But composing music began to fascinate me; my oldest sister is awesome at composing tunes. She's really good.

To be able to compose, I would need to watch some Youtube videos to help me gain some knowledge of composing and take note of the contrasting melodies. It’s clearly evident I would need a piano, and a pencil to write my ideas. The following weeks, I’ll start by having a good solid tune, revise it so it would have different layers of harmony, and I’ll start adding an accompaniment. I’m going to be prepared for not finding a good tune right at the beginning, because, well, it’s difficult. But if I’m really stuck, I’ll ask my sister for help.

This would require 8 weeks or more because I’m a newbie of composing, and I forget everything that I was taught for analyzing music. Thank you for listening, and hopefully, I possibly convinced you all that my passion, composing a piece of music, is worth the 8 weeks.

I know, I know, there are some grammar issues, but this hasn't been fine tooth comb edited! But I did my best, and so has

This is the end of Week 2, I'll try to watch some Youtube videos of composing soon, but I'm somewhat hectic at home. Until next time my friends.

*bows and hat off*


UPDATE: Here's my Week 3 link\
Updated on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Passion Project 2019 - Composing a piece

Week 1 

Composing a piece isn't that simple, in fact, it's hard. Quora said it took Beethoven an average of 31 days to compose a piece, while it took Mozart 3 days to write a symphony. Both of them are one of the greatest composers ever. But Mozart is known as one of the greatest composers of Western music.

Lol, okay, I assume you know what my Passion Project is about, I'm trying to compose a piece. I have some experience of "composing" if you count me playing random tunes and notes on the piano. Once, I tried composing something, and so I wrote it down, it was pretty good for an eleven-year-old kid, but then, me being unorganized, I lost it. Oops, my bad.

My sister, who in fact played in Carnegie Hall, is a quite composer, I guess. She made a catchy tune that I'm humming at the moment. It was supposed to be a Youtube intro. She can make tunes and melodies on the spot, and they sound so so professional. 

During this week, I will be researching some basic composing, or composing for beginners. And I'm going to jam to Epilogue from LaLa Land. :)

This is I guess, the end of Week 1 of Carmen's Passion Project 2019. 

UPDATE: Here's my Week 2 link
Updated on Thursday, May 9th, 2019