A simple method for improvising 2 and 3 part canons

Aug 28, 2014

@googlekopf (http://musescore.com/user/22621) introduced me to this short but extremely insightful videoseries on youtube on how to improvise Renaissance style canons. I encourage everyone to watch them all - it will cost you less than 15 minutes and your life will be better :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n01J393WpKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxJa9YDP3MU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_-OfAABHw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w664qFsO9gg

The method presented is extremely simple and the result is guaranteed not to offend the ear. It might not be beautiful but it is at least a very good start, especially since you can literally improvise it.

I just tried it out myself and with just a few minutes I got this result:

http://musescore.com/rpbouman/a-simple-3-part-canon-stb

Enjoy! And share your results as well :)

EDIT: Here's another background article that treats this method:

http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.13.19.2/mto.13.19.2.cumming.php


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