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Schenkerian Analysis is a fairly advanced technique if you're just learning about music theory, and it was designed primarily for classical music, but one of its key concepts is prolongation -- the idea that some notes in a melody are more important (more functional, if you will) and can be, in some abstract sense, extended throughout an entire passage of a ...


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One way to label this is a melody that arpeggiates the tonic chord. To clarify what that means, the melody is only using the notes of the C chord, which is the tonic chord of that key (the chord that has the name of the key, also which has its root on the first note of that key). And it arpeggiates that chord, meaning it goes up and down the notes of that ...


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When Mann wrote: The tritone is to be avoided even when reached stepwise [examples] if the line is not continued stepwise and in the same direction. ...what he was saying is that the tritone must not be outlined in stepwise motion. With both melodic snippets [F, G, A, B] and [F, G, B], the F and B, which are the outside notes that outline these steps, ...


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Not being completely sure what you are asking - I will answer the question as if you are writing a melody for a song based on a pre-determined chord progression. If you were to approach writing a melody by first defining a chord progression, you would probably want to start with chords that fit within the key you decide your song should be in. So let's ...


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If you already have the song, the notes are already there to be sung. If you only sang a C note with a C chord etc, it would be a poor song. A C chord will work with several notes from the C scale. The best are C, E and G, as they actually make up that chord. Depending where in the bar you sing other notes over it, others may or may not fit. Your ear will ...


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To put it simply, in a song, there's melody and there's chords. They do have some relation (certain notes do not sound good with certain chords, to various degrees) but they are two separate things. In order to play the guitar you sould know the chords (you already have that), in order to sing the melody you should find the notes sequence that consist it. ...


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Good answers here. These are my two cents: Know who your favorite producers are. Have a good sense for what you love and what you don't. Sometimes knowing what you don't want is more important than knowing what you do want. Do your homework - read everything you can about your favorite producers. Through interviews, you will gain insight into their ...



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