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Learn (understand) what there is to know before you break new ground.

As learners of our craft we need to acquire a thorough grasp of our materials, thus becoming better musicians and composers.

This should not be confused with slavish adherence to outmoded practice.

Rather, it means engaging in the genuine study and understanding of principles of composition and the supporting theory.

In this way, we ensure our own efforts in composition become effortless rather than forced.