Farid Zoland Music composer and writer in the U.S.
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You can’t hope to become a better composer if you don’t listen critically to the works of others. Find a composer or two that you love and devour their work. Get your mitts on their scores. Listen over and over with the score in front of you. Make notes about what they do. Then make sketches of your own ideas based on those notes. (It just so happens I go through how to do this in a lot more detail and have done a bunch of analyses that can help you get started in my course, Introduction to the Composer’s Craft.)