And it’s been loads of fun!
If you haven’t seen me mention it before, the 21 Day VGM Challenge is an event put on by Video Game Music Academy, a blog and facebook group that specializes in helping people improve their composing skills, specifically for composing in video games. This month, a challenge was set forth to create music for 21 days. It has to be 2 to 4 bars, and the entire thing is designed to get into the habit of making music every day, to get your composer juices flowing.
And I gotta say, it’s working super well for me, in more ways than one! Not only is it helping me come up with ideas, but it’s helping me learn how to play on piano in different ways. It’s also stretching my brain to look for different chord progressions, melodic structures, and ways to play both on the piano. I hadn’t realized how much of a practicing piano slump I had gotten into, until I started this challenge. I still play daily, but I was having a hard time finding things to teach myself that I hadn’t already figured out. With this challenge however, I’m doing things like mirroring left and right hand playing, looking for different chord voicings, figuring out how to do a different tempo in one hand as opposed to the other, and overall just striving to teach myself things I wasn’t really thinking of, because I wasn’t stretching my brain to think outside of the box. I’m much more of a teach yourself something when you need it type of person, so this write a melody or chord sketch a day process is working extraordinarily well for me!
On the Facebook group, people are sharing what they’re coming up with, and it’s really cool, and inspiring! It’s interesting to see how people are approaching the challenge differently: some people are doing simple piano sketches like me, other full blown tracks. Some people made a theme the first day, and are building upon said theme with the rest of the bars they’re making throughout the challenge – a great idea that got me thinking, I’ll see if any of my ideas can merge together after the challenge is done in such a way – and that’s the cool thing, too. Seeing everyone else’s compositions is giving me so many ideas just by listening to them. The crazy thing too, is we’re only four days in! There are so many pieces of music to listen to, the event is going awesome so far!
That’s basically been my experience thus far. I’ll write a wrap up post when this is all over, talking about what I learned and enjoyed and sniz in this little adventure. But honestly, I know I’m going to be doing this again on my own. It’s an awesome experience already, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
If you’d like to hear the musical sketches I’ve come up with, I’ve made a playlist for them you can listen to here. Fingers crossed I don’t run out of time on my soundcloud before the event is up XD