“Treading Water” Between Hit Points

Writing music for film often has a danger of just writing “bridgeing” music that just fills time until the next hit point. While sometimes it can’t be avoided to just fill bars between hit points in order to not have an overly cluttered start-and-stop cue, it should never feel like you have nothing to say musically in between.

Always be conscious about whether you are actually saying something meaningful musically or whether you are just filling time till the next hit point. One uninspired idea while writing a “bridge” can really feel very out of place and spoil the whole perception of a cue so make sure to put enough effort into the “in betweens” and not only focus on the hit points.


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