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

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Songs melody range

I'm writing a vocal song and I'm worried about the range of the melody.. for example in C Major key what is the lowest and highest melody I could go ? I appreciate every answers..but..I don't want ...
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melody starting point on song parts

Hi I'm writing a song in a Bb Major key and the chords goes something like EbM7 , F7 , Gm7 and the first note of the melody starts with G note. (this is the main chorus part) And if the verse part ...
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Do melodies often use the same combination of intervals?

I've been a touch typist on the keyboard for a long time, and the reason is that I've internalized the shape of every word in my mind because I've typed the same words so many times throughout my life....
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A melody to dissect [closed]

I am trying to understand the melody in a track but i am quite not get the structure of it. Here is the Track The melody line starts at 1:04 .. I want to understand ...
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Motifs in melody writing

I read in many books/teachings etc. that the first step for creating a melody is to come up with a motif, and use that for further development. Are all melodies created like that? I hear melodies that ...
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How to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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Turning lyrics into melody

Ive currently been having great difficulty turning my lyrics and poems into a melody. i've considered aligning the accented syllables as well as the meter with accented beats but am still having ...
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Converting Vocal Line into Guitar - Speed, Dynamics

I'm struggling with creating a vocal-less cover version of a song that does have a vocal line in my digital audio workstation. I know exactly what's going on in terms of notes/chord progressions in ...
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Sources of musical tension

I understand that harmonic tension occurs when you hang on a chord which "wants" to resolve, like a chord with a leading tone or certain dissonant intervals. Are there other sources of harmonic ...
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How to write melody in a way as it is leading to end? [duplicate]

How to write melody which not just feel like jumping towards end, ie tonic note...?
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I was wondering about theory when it comes the rhythm and contour of melody lines [closed]

Like i was wondering if theres was any kind of way of making sense on how melody lines move or their rhythm. for examples are there rules when it comes to notes being held across bars.
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How do you actually learn how to compose music? [duplicate]

How do you compose a rock song like the person in the video? I've gone through all the books and video tutorials and I still don't know how to make music. I just want to make songs like the person ...
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How do I make melodies out of these chord progressions? [closed]

Key: D Major I ii IV I I: D Major ii: e minor IV: G Major I: D Major
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What is the maximum time for which same note is used in a song? [closed]

Generally songs have different notes one after one .Which songs had same note continuously many times without interruption by other notes?
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Term for improvisation (or Melody) based on specific intervals, not notes?

Is there a term for melodic improvisation where only specific intervals are taken into consideration? As an example, Beginning on C, the player then has the option of moving either up or down, (Or ...
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Eartraining: What to learn after mastering interval recognition?

(This is for relative pitch, absolute pitch gods please don't descend from heaven) I've been learning to recognize intervals for the past year or so, and I have to say I'm very good at it. (Mostly by ...
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Writing a melody that forms second harmonies with a chord progression

When i write a melody over a chord progression, i notice that some of the notes from the melody, form second interval harmonies with the chord notes. Am i allowed, at least as a beginner, to do this ...
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What's a good technical way to come up with melodies in a certain scale?

I'm planning on composing a piece for bassoon and flute. I want to use the whole tone scale mixed with lydian. What are some good practices to come up with melodies?
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I can hear the melody, but I can't hear the chords (Lift Every Voice example)

I have been charting chords to gospel songs lately. I did fine on a few but I came up short on "Lift Every Voice" by James Weldon Johnson, version in the key of G. The intro lick is a good example: I ...
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Trick to figure out what the proper note to play is when playing in thirds?

Take for example the melody C D E F G A B in the key of c major. If i play the melody in thirds, I have been told that you would play it C E; D F; E G; etc. but some of those form minor 3rds and some ...
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Why does O Little Town of Bethlehem have two melodies?

The version most familiar to us doesn't seem to be the original, and it is not favoured as the original tune. The one we are accustomed to hearing starts with the note on the third degree of the scale,...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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Have John Cage's 'Dream' and 'In a Landscape' (1) Harmony, (2) Melody?

Cage ostensibly shunned harmony, but Dream and In a Landscape (both composed in 1948) sound Impressionist and tonal to me, and obviously not aleatoric. So have they 1. Harmony? 2. Melody? I hazard '...
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Do you always play the melody louder than the accompaniment, unless specified?

The moonlight sonata 1st movement by Beethoven, for example, has a melody on top with an accompaniment with the left AND right hand (starts at measure 5). People usually say that you play the melody ...
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Relation between Pini di Roma and Rutter Magnificat?

I just noticed that the closing of "Quia fecit mihi magna" from the Magnificat by John Rutter (starting at the "Sanctus") is a near-verbatim citation of a passage from movement 2 of Respighi's "Pini ...
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What contributes to an artist's melodic “signature?”

Studying the vocal melodies in recorded pop music, from a theoretical perspective, I have the impression that there are certain musical characteristics that make up the melodic"fingerprint" of an ...
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How does AMEB exams mark melody writing?

I just did an AMEB music theory exam online, since it is a practice exam it doesn't get marked (music theory from grade 4 and up is manually marked, instead of marked by a computer). One of the ...
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chopin melody movement explanation

Hi I Would like to understand the melody movement in Chopin's op.9 number 2 at minute 01:28 in this youtube video (you can find the score also). it's in the key of Bb But it seems he jumps to other ...
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Why do certain vocal melodies work in context when those same melodies would sound dissonant on instruments?

I've been transcribing more vocal lines lately in songs I like, to go along with the usual instrument transcription I do, and I've noticed something interesting - a lot of my favorite vocal parts ...
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What determines if counterpoint is good or bad?

I am currently reading through the Complete Musician and the current subject is second species counterpoint. I've written about 5 or 6 counterpoints so far in first and second species. That said ...
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Writing single voice melodies

As far as i understand there are several descriptive concepts to help us analyze the characteristics of a particular melody (such as steps, leaps, melodic contour, disjunct or conjunct motion, for ...
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Music database design and availability [closed]

Is there a searchable database of melodies available that contain multiple genres (pop, classical, etc)? There are music recognition services (e.g. midomi, watzatsong) which take voice input and find ...
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What would fit over this chromatically descending chord progression? Am, Am/C, B7 and BbMaj7

I was messing around with some arpeggios and stumbled on some chord progression that I really liked. It's something like Am, Am/C, B7 and BbMaj7 The thing is I couldn't play anything on it that ...
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How to turn a “tune” into a “symphonic melody”?

I'm a hobbyist composer and I just started reading Piston's Harmony handbook to recover the basics I never learned. One of the limits I'm trying to overcome is my inability to conceive melodies that ...
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Switching from a guitar - Need advice [closed]

I've been playing guitar for about 10 years. Just as a hobby, not on a professional level and mainly for myself alone. I became less fond of guitars, mainly because they are great for playing chords, ...
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Chords and Melody

I have a chord progression in Octave 3 , Bassline in Octave 1 , and the chorus and verse melody in Octave 2. ( Verse melody is lower pitch than chorus melody ) I wrote the verse and chorus melody in ...
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What distinguishes the melody from the harmony? [duplicate]

What is it about the melody of a song that makes it unique from the harmony? To illustrate, if I hear a men's quartet sing a song I've never heard before in four part harmony where the melody is not ...
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enumeration of all melodies [closed]

I was wondering if there are standard emumerations of certain finite length or finite rythmic interval melodies. Like for example, extracting rhythm completely, you would have so many million possible ...
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Melody vs harmony and context

When a song is playing, what the bass is doing is called harmony. But what if you mute all the other tracks: would the bass alone be called a melody?
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Is there a name or method for the way melody works with harmony?

I noticed that when there's a new chord, the melody is usually one of the chord tones. Then the melody goes off on its own and usually then transitions to another chord tone when the harmony changes ...
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What are name and other examples for the type of break/tempo change near the end of “Be our guest”

My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with the new (2017) version of "Beauty and the Beast" and we are listening to the music non stop for weeks and albeit being a musical grouch it really grew on me. ...
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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...
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My melody looks awful

I was just improvising on my piano when I came across a melody that I liked. I sat down and tried to write it down. It resulted in excessive triplets and time signatures changing every bar. So could ...
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How do I find a rhythm that goes under a melodic line?

I have to accompany a singer on guitar for a wedding and I am having trouble finding a good rhythmic pattern that fit nicely under the melody. What should I pay attention to regarding the melodic line ...
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Having trouble understanding my homework

I have some questions about this and my teacher is not understandable at all so I came here looking for answers. I am supposed to write a bassline that has C Am F and G chords on a provided ...
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What is the Easiest Way to Synchronise Chords and Melody?

I just started learning the piano a week ago. I am finding it very difficult to synchronise the chords and the melody. Are there any methods that will make it easier? Is it natural to find it ...
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Why do some parts of a song sound better than others?

Disclaimer I have no sophisticated taste in music, I most of the time listen to what's on the radio (which is mostly pop and charts). I have a basic understanding of what a note is and what ...
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Struggling to identify the name of a track element that plays alongside the melody

I'm deconstructing a track in order to create a track template in Ableton for the kids I teach at a youth centre. A base they can use to start when creating a song. I'm struggling to label one of the ...
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How to put chords (POP-EDM) under a given lead vocal melody (starting from a good knowledge in music theory)

I have quite a good knowledge in music theory, scales, modes, and all different kinds of chords (basic triads, sus, add, all extensions, slash, inversions, ...), but I'm having a tough time when it ...
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How to use modes in popular music?

Can a pop song be written using a specific mode for the vocal melody, and another for the chord progression, when both of the modes share the same key signature? (Please note that I am not referring ...