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

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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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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 ...
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Conflict of playing a note when both melody and chord require it [duplicate]

How do I finger a chord such as G (GBD) when the melody also requires playing one of these notes, such as B or D? Do I do an inversion to avoid the conflict? I'm brand new at this and using EZ Play ...
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Do Most Pop Songs Have An Instrument Play Chords While The Singer Sings The Melody

I'm very curious if most instruments play a melody at the same time, and work in counterpoint, or it's just a singer playing a melody while some instruments play chords.
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How does one describe the melody of a song?

I'm in a music appreciation class. I have to write a paper describing the various elements of two songs. By the time I get a reply, it will be too late, but I still really want to learn this as well ...
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how do you build chords from a melody idea? [closed]

i have all the notes for a melody line idea that came to me. how do i use it to build a chord progression?
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Listening for chord changes

If you look below I posted a link to a question I previously asked about the bass acting as the melody of a song and recieved multiple answer assuring me that it can. So in the case that you have a ...
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How to emphasise a note in a group of notes in right hand?

I am planning to work on the No.5 Prelude and Fugue in F minor, op.35 by Mendelssohn. When I saw the score and then heard a performance, I noticed that the right hand is playing a series of chords of ...
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Is there something unique about the interval at the beginning of West Side Story's Jet Song (because I can never sing it from memory)

My question is about the opening bar to this song (starting at second :20 in the video): I've transcribed it here: (in a more reasonable key signature): I have ...
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Switch from minor melodies to major

As a composer (and electronic music producer), I'm currently facing what I think is a big issue : each and every melody I compose is in minor mode, so it makes them gloomy. But now I would like to ...
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Does a melody (which will be used with chords) need to have the notes in the same scale?

I am trying to play a melody (that I got from a book) from piano to guitar and add chords to fingerstyle. Edit: I'd like to know if I need to play the notes of a melody at the positions from a ...
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A chord to follow B6 for use with melody?

I am trying to find a chord to follow a B6 chord. The melody I am writing sounds really nice, and I have noticed the first part follows the E6 chord, then the B6 chord, so my thought is that if I can ...
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Did Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez infringe on Mahler's Sixth Symphony?

I happened to hear Mahler's Symphony no 6 in A minor Tragic, 3rd Movement, Andante Moderato this week for the first time and was surprised to hear what sounded like the primary theme from Joaquín ...
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How to change the speed of a melody without changing the BPM?

I've written a melody in 4/4 time signature. The problem is that at 118 BPM the melody is ridiculously slow. I don't want to increase the BPM so I ignored the current time signature and simply ...
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How do you call when the same melody is played over and over with different bass notes

There are a lot of songs that have a melody, usually a simple one or even a two-note pattern, that is played during many bars, but the bass note for each bar changes, implying chord changes? One ...
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how can I develop my top-line melody writing style?

I'll try to use definitions from writing speech, in order to explain my question. In order to write an essay, you need to know the alphabet, some vocabulary, grammar, syntax and combine the words in ...
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Help making a remix [closed]

Recently I have been trying to make a remix for the song Revolution by Diplo. I have the acapella for it but every time that I try to make a melody for the song it just sounds off. Any tips for how ...
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What do you call this alternating melodic pattern?

I hear the following in string parts a lot in intense movie scenes or certain styles of music. I don't think that this falls under the categorization of Alberti Bass since it's functioning as a ...
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Why is the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star used everywhere?

We've all heard the lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It's madly famous. Today I noticed that the melody used in the piece is actually used in The Alphabet Song. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ or ...
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Does this transition have a name?

I'll try to explain this to the best of my knowledge, if I've misunderstood any concepts please do correct my misunderstanding; I became disinterested in music theory as a freshman in high school, and ...
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What Notes to Play as Accompaniment in Fingerstyle?

Example: I'm holding down the C chord with the melody note on C, second string and bass on C, fifth string. It seems like the only accompaniment notes I can play are on the D and G string. Why? ...
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How can I imagine original melodies, chords, and drum patterns

I've been producing for about a year now since November, granted it's been on and off. I can come up with a few things by improvising (although that hasn't been case lately). What I really want to ...
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Unaccented Appoggiatura

I'm looking to categorize a non-chord note that occurs before a chord note. The non-chord note occurs on the offbeat and the chord note can occur offbeat or on beat, it doesn't really matter. I've ...
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What is it called when the accompaniment and vocal melody don't match?

I decided I would like to learn to chord an acoustic guitar, primarily to play classic country music for relaxation. I also wanted to understand the basis and structure of music, especially chords. I ...
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Is there an app that shows the melody of a singer on YouTube songs?

Is there an app that shows the melody of a singer on YouTube songs? I've got a few songs that I want to analyse in terms of the melody and chords. I can easily work out the chords, but as for the ...
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term for when the melody stays the same, but the harmony changes?

Is there a term for when the melody repeats with the exact same notes (pitch and rhythm), but the harmony changes from under it? There are examples throughout music, but I just watched some Doctor ...
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Melody Extraction from Music

How would I extract a monophonic (single notes) melody from a song? I'm thinking in particular from ABC notation, but that doesn't matter. Is it reasonable to always take the highest pitch when the ...
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Should I play countermelody when trying to play and sing? [closed]

I'm a novice piano player. I know my chords, scales etc.... but I'm no professional. Just you guys know.... I wrote a song and I have the vocal melody but what I'm curious about is when I'm trying to ...
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Modal approach to soloing over this piece?

Is my approach for creating a melody over this harmony I have written theoretically correct? Harmony: (KEY OF A) F#m F#sus4 C#m C#msus4 Bm Bsus4 AMaj7 Now lets just take a really straight approach ...
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Improving musical memory

I have weak musical memory. I hear a line and I can sing it back almost immediately, but I can't retain it back a few minutes later. It is not imprinted in my head, and I have to listen to it a lot. ...
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What is the exact usage of harmony?

I have completely studied music theory (even diatonic chords) and have just started harmony but I don't know what I am studying in harmony!!! I have faced 2 specific questions and 2 general question :...
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Can the melody have more than one note sounding at once?

When more than one note is playing, it probably is a chord. But can the melody section have two or more notes, being played simultaneously? EDIT: I mean for a single instrument whose focus is either ...
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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) : C ...