A succession of notes which comprise the principal part in harmonized music.

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Counter-example of counterpoint technique?

I'm trying to fully understand the concept that "Counterpoint" entails... but I can't seem to think any situation in which a counterpoint is not present on a song/piece/whatever. If counterpoint is ...
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do ...
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In a song, what helps people distinguish between the main melody and the harmony?

It seems like people, regardless of their knowledge or "sense" of harmony, can naturally tell which one is the main melody and which is the harmony in a song--even if the melody is never played alone ...
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How to begin putting chords on variable melody?

One of the things that is mysterious for me is how to put chords on a melody which is so variable. I mean that just a chord is not enough to cover the whole bar. For example it contains (C key) : ...
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Technique: What is an effective way to create a song? [closed]

In detail, my question(s) are: Is it better to start with the climax, or drop, of the song rather than with the intro? What is an effective way to create your melodies? What is an effective way to ...
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When writing a melody, is the scale used determined by the current chord playing (in the chord progression) or by the song's key as a whole?

This is an embarrassingly basic question, but it's been in the back of my mind for a while, and I haven't been able to find an answer. I've been studying very basic music theory lately and trying to ...
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Musicology of Melody

I recently had a long discussion with my supervisor regarding the musicology of melody, which I can sum up as follows: Musicological studies of melody are not as rich and comprehensive as, say ...
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Fitting melodies to beats!

OK, need a head's up so I can practice this: the basic technique for fitting a tune to a beat. Take, for example, Red Red Wine. UB40 did it as a reggae song. I've heard it as a blues ballad, a pop ...
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How to find the most correct meter of a riff or phrase

When one comes up with a riff or phrase of music out of "context"(an inspired thing or whatever), how can one find the best meter to set the riff too... or the natural meter the riff is in? (Mainly ...
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How to make a melody line more full and interesting (piano)?

I'm a beginner piano player and just for fun I like to cover cool songs for piano. I can find chords for left hand and I can find melody line (single voice) by ear, but the problem is how to make ...
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How do I transcribe a melody without an instrument?

Suppose you're in a coffee shop without any instrument. In your hands are just your cell phone, headphones, a pencil and paper. Are there any technique or tool that can help transcribe a melody (eg ...
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If I have a good chord progression, how can I come up with good piano melodies?

I'm not really like anything I try with my right hand. It all just sounds dull. Even if I walk up and down the chord with my right hand it's a bit boring. So I try playing two notes at a time, and ...
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Where to start studying Jazz style? [closed]

Recently, I went to a Jazz concert. There was a bassist, a pianist and a drummer. I'm wondering what types of scales and chords they were playing. Is there a good material on the Internet for me to ...
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Question about melody phrasing begining on beat 3 of a 4/4 measure

In Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" the vocals seem to have an unusual phrasing (for a pop tune). Most other pop tunes I've covered seem to have the melody phrases starting somewhere around the first ...
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Ear training: the basics [duplicate]

What do I do to start ear training? I want to have to end goal of being able to hear a melody and be able to recognize the notes. But how to I get there? I don't even have a clue on where to start at ...
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Blues improvisation building blocks

I was taking jazz piano lessons but had to stop. My teacher's approach to teach jazz improvisation was to break it down into a series of "building blocks" which are small motifs found frequently in ...
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Melody Writing - Tension & Release

I'm back with a more specific question. I read in a book entitled 'Complete Idiots Guide for Music Composition' which has a detailed discussion on writing melodies and techniques to do so. As I have ...
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What causes notes to appear to follow a progression of melodic expectations? How does this work?

If I play a single note, it by itself doesn't evoke a melody or tune. But if I play a sequence of notes, suddenly relationships spring up between them. For instance, if I play CDEFGABC, I don't hear ...
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Is it more common for the main melody to be in the higher part and the accompaniment in the lower part? If so, why?

I have noticed in my own songs and in general that the main melody of songs in in the high part and the accompaniment is in the lower part. Why? Is there a biological or theoretical reason for why ...
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Note Accentuation (Dynamic) - When should/shouldn't you apply accentuation?

I am having some concern over whether it is appropriate or not to apply accentuation to every part of the song, apart from of course the drums, It's innately intuitive that these beats should be ...
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Is the bass line accompaniment in a song classed as its own melody / voice?

Lets take Fur Elise as an example. Would we class the left hand accompaniment as a melody in its own right? If this is so, would this be considered contrapuntal writing?
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How to determine whether a song is considered musical plagiarism? [closed]

When I a try to compose my own music, I often come up with melody that is a bit similar with songs that I have heard before, and sometime I just feel that I have heard the melody somewhere, but I ...
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Melody notes over Chord progressions

Is there any way of knowing what note in a scale would fit with a chord, or is it all trial and error, or do you just have to have that not you play in the melody feature in the chord you are playing? ...
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How to practice a song?

Few weeks ago I've started recording some vocal covers (rock/metal). But on recordings I've made I noticed some issues with exact note/melody matching. Can anybody give me advice how to learn song ...
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How does one go about harmonizing stepwise melodies?

I possess a whole book dedicated to harmonising. It coverrs perhaps if not all chords and how they can be harmonized with a melody. However, all the examples given so far, is only concerned with ...
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Singing the words to one song along with the music for another - what is this called?

Years ago I was setting out chairs during a pre-show rehearsal and since it was before everyone was due (rehearsal was scheduled to start in about five to ten minutes), folks were just playing around ...
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How do you write a corresponding bassline for an already written melody?

In my music theory class I have created a 16-measure melody, and have now been instructed by my teacher to create a corresponding bass-line for that melody. (I scored an 88% on my melody, so I assume ...
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Compare the similarity of flow and rhythm of 2 songs

First off, I apologize if I'm not able to articulate my question correctly due to my lack of knowledge on music terms. My friends and I were having an argument about whether two foreign songs we ...
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How to make C lydian not sound like G ionian?

What are some concrete melodic and harmonic tools to establish the correct tonic center in a lydian melody? The reason for asking about lydian specifically is that there is no minor seventh for the ...
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What do you call the melodic pattern with 3 notes?

I've noticed that in most, nearly all, popular music, the part that the singer sings usually follows the same pattern. Each bar has an emphasized note, and the same three notes are repeated in a ...
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1st Species Counterpoint Tritone Reached Melodically by Step

I'm reading Alfred Mann's translation of Fux's Gradus (original available here). On page 35, footnote 9 (presumably Alfred Mann, certainly not the original author) says "The tritone is to be avoided ...
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What notes to sing with chords

Ok, lets say you are playing a guitar and you have a song with 4 chords ( C D Am and F ). Should I sing the C note for C chord and D note for D chord and A note for Am and F note for F chord ? Or ...
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Why do some arrangements of notes make a good melody and some don't?

A note by itself is not always particularly pleasant to hear. Why do some specific combinations of notes make a good, pleasant melody? Why are some people good at coming up with such pleasing ...
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Is there some way to quantify melodic transitions?

Are there any theories that model how to measure the pleasantness of transitions between notes in a melody? I'm imagining some kind of "distance" measurement of some sort in a similarity space ...
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Extended melodic structures

I was reading a description of the musical "light in the piazza" and it described the music as having "extended melodic structures" Does anyone know what's that means?
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Are there reliable free/cheap software tools which will transcribe a sung melody/lyric?

I am not after product recommendation but information on if this type of product exists outside of expensive dedicated music software. For instance I sing a little melody line while strumming a ...
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Any quick way to know if my tune is already used?

When I come up with a lick/melody, there always lingers that question of "Has this melody already been used?" Should I worry about it or is there a way to find out without too much hassle?
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How can I figure out the key of the song I'm writing on the guitar? [duplicate]

I write songs and play guitar but am having trouble knowing what chords to play to go with what I've recorded acapella, and then winding up with a "stiff" song which isn't anything close to what I ...
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Learning a guitar tab: separating bass line from melody

I've been playing guitar for a year now and I don't know much theory. I typically learn tabs, practice them, and finally (the climax) is to play while the song is playing. The way I learn guitar tabs ...
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How to determine the key and write melodies for a chromatic chord progression?

I've been playing around with some chromatic chord progressions recently but I am having a hard time analyzing the changes and figuring out the key for melody/soloing purposes. How do you know which ...
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Research and studies in Melody

Are there any published articles to get started with in order to learn about research in music cognition and musicology specific to melody? I just need a few names to get me going and can find the ...
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Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

I can write decent original guitar / keys melodies in my own time. But when I'm with other musicians I'm lost in a jam session (unrehearsed). I have a handful of times been lucky enough to produce ...
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Do all jazz musicians [in a band] need to know a song's melody?

[As a bassist] when I learn a new jazz song, I try to learn the melody as well as the harmony. That way [I believe] I can improvise better and sound that I improvise on the song and not just on the ...
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How do I become a better electronic music producer?

I am 18 years old. I love music and I would love to make it and maybe become a music composer. However I do not know anything about music theory or anything. I can't play any instrument or so. When I ...
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Melodic Minor - Uses

The one problem I have with the Melodic Minor is that I just don't know how and where to use it. From my comprehension, it is the Minor scale when descending and when ascending it has a maj6 and maj7. ...
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Elements of a horror musical song?

When composing horror music for musical drama in general, what does one need to consider as in harmony, melody and rhythm, etc.? For harmony, I am especially interested in what chords are normally ...
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Polyphony vs Homophony in Hymns

I understand that polyphony is multiple melodies, while homophony is a single melody with chordal accompaniment (in my own words). I've read that hymns are generally homophonic, yet I find that hymns ...
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Composing melodies for a song on finger-style guitar

I'm attempting to learn how to create finger-style guitar arrangements of songs. In finger-style arrangements it is very important to include melody, I'm just not quite sure how I should compose a ...
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Techniques for creating melodies

I've posted this question: Learning to create melodies I've got a few ideas of techniques towards creating melodies but wanted to ask if there are any specific methods to help get better. I've read: ...
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Determining Vocal Melodies in Contemporary Music

I've been learning to sing over a year or so. I'm also an adept guitarist (for context). One of my biggest challenges in learning a song is the vocal melody. I'm unable to find sheet music for some ...