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Co-Write is a book for composing music and exploring creativity. It includes 15 musical ideas meant for musicians to explore, grow and make their own. The book also includes audio tracks of each musical idea recorded by the author, along with a musical guide to help people as they create. Co-Write is intended for any musician with an interest in creating music, from student to professional.
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In my younger years, I played in garage bands and learned to write music in shared creative spaces. I learned so much from co-writing with others. The simple act of taking a riff and exploring it was so helpful and made me realize I could write music, I just needed a starting point for exploration. In classical music settings, this shared compositional experience is often overlooked.
I’ve created this book to help musicians find and explore their own composing and creative side through a similar shared process. CO-WRITE includes 15 short musical ideas or “seeds” that are meant for others to grow and explore. Think of me as your bandmate. These are ideas I am bringing to band practice. What can you add to them? What can you change about them? What can you do to create something more than what I’ve given? I’ve also included audio files of each musical idea, which can be explored with software like Logic, Garageband, etc.
The end goal of this book is not necessarily to write full songs or pieces, although that would be wonderful. If you simply use this book to explore music in a way that might be new to you, I would be thrilled. Whoever you are, I hope you find joy and creativity through the process.
– Ivan Trevino
A LOOK INSIDE
Who did the typography?
I did! The book is self-published, and the typography was a very important part of the process for me. I hope the layout and musical guide are helpful.
Is Co-Write just for percussionists?
Not at all. It’s for any musician with an interest in creating music, student to professional. I just happen to be a composer who writes a lot for percussion.
How do I use this book?
Here’s one way to start: Find a musical seed you like. Listen to it. Ask yourself how it makes you feel. What can you do to enhance that feeling? What can you add or change? Visit the musical guide. Are there musical terms worth exploring? Explore. Make “mistakes.” Use your primary instrument or something else. Use computer sounds or collaborate with friends. Notate on manuscript paper, notation software or recreate the musical ideas in Logic and explore from there.