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Use of a keyboard when composing music

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« on: June 30, 2009, 08:37:41 am »

For years I avoided using  a keyboard to compose, because I was afraid that  it would curb my creativity into using keyboard mannerisms, such as restricting  a phrase to a hand-span, or accepting the harmonies I heard from the keyboard rather than striving for the ones in my mind.

About ten years ago I did start using  a keyboard and at first found it very satisfying, but now I'm thinking that ny earlier suspicions were right after all. Maybe it depends what you're writing, and should be assessed on a  case-by -case basis.

I don't think using a keyboard is a sign of lack of invention  (an oft-encountered layman's supposition). Stravinsky I believe  always used a piano, often going to some effort to obtain one  wherever he happend to be (hotel bar or remote rural cottage).
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