Monthly Archives: November 2013

Active Listening

Got to be honest…I was pretty disappointed in the kind of music that was topping the charts when I did this lesson. The production on these tracks were good but I really sounded and felt like mass produced music. Sounded … Continue reading

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Secondary Melodies

Ok…….Secondary Melodies. Secondary melodies are used to interest and further enhance the main melody (musically or lyrically). It is another musical idea that takes back seat to the main musical idea…but it still has it’s own distinct melody. I have … Continue reading

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Harmony Part 5

Chord Substitutions are chords that can be used in place of another. This idea found it’s origins in mainly jazz music. Substitution chords are used to create variety and interest….and perhaps the muso from getting bored. It would be a … Continue reading

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Harmony Part 4

Modulation is a great tool for songwriters……it can really give your song a extra lift. There are many ways to modulate from one key to another……….I have used modulation in a few songs of mine and here is one example. … Continue reading

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Melody Part 4

This week we discussed Melodic Momentum, Minor Melodies and Melisma’s. In modern music there are melisma’s everywhere. I personally don’t really use melisma’s in my songs, as I can’t sing them. Whilst I enjoy a good melisma every now and … Continue reading

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Lyrics Part 4

This week in Comp studies we learned about different lyrical devices that can be used to communicate a message or emotion. Allegory is one of the literary devices discussed. I have used this device in some of my songs. It … Continue reading

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Harmony Part 3

Harmony Part 3 This week in class we looked at Pedal points, Ostinato’s and Chord Colors. Growing up in the church I have heard Pedal Points used quite a lot. In particular the Eb Bass’s in the brass band would often … Continue reading

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