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  • Melody

    1. 1. Melody<br />
    2. 2. Melody<br />Difficult to define in words, but we’ve all heard melodies before<br />Technically:<br />A series of singles tones (pitches) that add up to a recognizable whole<br />Begins, moves, and ends<br />
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    4. 4. Melodies are easy to recognize by themselves:<br />Star Spangled Banner<br />But, you can still hear a melody when it’s not by itself:<br />
    5. 5. So how do you write a melody?<br />Let’s look at the piano:<br />
    6. 6. Practice:<br />http://www.musictheory.net/exercises<br />
    7. 7. So if it’s that easy, let’s make a melody<br />Everyone pick 2 numbers and put them in the order<br />
    8. 8. Modes<br />Monks used different modes as a template to write chants.<br />They did not actually originate in the church, but became known as “church modes”<br />
    9. 9. Ionian: C - C<br />Lydian: F - F<br />Locrian: B - B<br />We are only using white notes on the piano right now<br />Dorian: D - D<br />Mixolydian: G - G<br />Aeolian: A - A<br />Phrygian: E - E<br />
    10. 10. Each mode has a different feel…<br /> The Greek philosopher Plato felt that playing music in a particular mode would incline one towards specific behavior associated with that mode, and suggested that soldiers should listen to music in dorian mode to help make them stronger, but avoid music in lydian mode, for fear of being softened.<br />
    11. 11. Examples:<br />
    12. 12. Ionian:Most common songsHappy Birthday<br />
    13. 13. Dorian: Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles<br />
    14. 14. Phrygian:Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music<br />
    15. 15. Lydian:The Simpsons<br />
    16. 16. Mixolydian:Sweet Home Alabama<br />
    17. 17. Aeolian:What Child is This?<br />
    18. 18. Locrian:Unstable…songs are typically never in this mode<br />
    19. 19. Practice…<br />Compose an Ionian melody <br />8 bars<br />4/4 time<br />
    20. 20. Different examples of melody<br />Piano (12345671)<br />Pick melody (everyone picks a number, green for ascending, blue for descending)<br />Template for melodies: modes<br />Students will compose a melody in a certain mode<br />

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