Is Twinkle twinkle little star based on a drone/bourdon? If you say no then what is it based on?

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    Drone in English but bourdon in french. – Hank Dec 7 '19 at 11:25
  • "In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece." – Mazura Dec 7 '19 at 22:11

I’ve just played it on bagpipes so it certainly works with a drone, but I don't think it’s particularly based on a drone, no.

It’s more based on straightforward open up and down chords if anything.

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    What are open up and down chords? – Hank Dec 7 '19 at 13:39
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    Arpeggios is the word I was struggling for! Although really it's pretty much all chromatic runs apart from the I - V leap at the start. – Steve Mansfield Dec 7 '19 at 17:05

Yes, we can! (of course not the variations by Mozart)


Actually there can play every tune based on I IV V accompanied with a drone as example the canon "frère Jacques" can be harmonized I V I or just with a drone... another known example with more chords is "amazing grace"

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    You can add a drone to just about any melody with at least interesting results. :) – Scott Wallace Dec 7 '19 at 14:10
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    yes, "joyful, joyful" will work too ;) – Albrecht Hügli Dec 7 '19 at 14:29
  • In der Tat. Unisono kommen wir weiter. Wenigstens als Anfang. :) – Scott Wallace Dec 7 '19 at 15:38

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