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Elements of Music Notes-Melody and Harmony

by: Breuna Hayward

Elements of Music Notes-Melody and Harmony MUS 1030

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These notes go over Melody and Harmony
Introduction to Music
Maureen Moeller
Class Notes
Music Appreciation
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Breuna Hayward on Sunday August 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 1030 at Middle Tennessee State University taught by Maureen Moeller in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Music in Music at Middle Tennessee State University.


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Date Created: 08/28/16
Melody Pitch- “highness” or “lowness” of a sound Frequency-Rate/speed of vibrations per second (determines pitch of sound)  rate of vibration per second  high pitches = fast vibrations  low pitches = slower vibrations  measured in Hertz (Hz)  A = 440 Hz Pitch Names  Syllables = solfege (1600 in Europe) Do re mi fa sol la ti do  Numbers = which notes to play (Asia) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Letters A B C D E F G Melody-Selection of pitches in the succession (horizontal thinking) Melodic Contour  Outline (like a city’s skyline)  Conjunct = moves by step  Disjunct = moves by leap  Combination Examples: “Joy to the World”-conjunct “Live Your Life”-Disjunct “Moves Like Jagger”-Disjunct “Ode To Joy”-Conjunct Intervals-distance between 2 pitches nd rd th th th th  Naming intervals 2 , 3 ,4 ,5 ,6 ,7 , octave Auto-Tune-Pitch correction software  Antares Audio Technologies  Created by Andy Hildebrand (Exxon engineer) Scale-pitches in ascending or descending orders  Diatonic = pattern of half and whole steps  Chromatic = all 12 pitches in an octave  Pentatonic = five-note scale Harmony Harmony: Pitches Heard Simultaneously = Thinking Vertically Half step  Minor second  Smallest intervals in Western Music  12 steps per octave Interval review  Distance between two pitches  Naming intervals (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, octave)  Type of interval (major, minor) Major/Minor  Half step  Minor second  Smallest interval in Western music  12 half steps per octave  Whole step  Major second  2 half steps Microtones  An interval smaller than the Western half step  Feature of Arabic music o 24 pitches per octave Chord  3 or more pitches stacked vertically o 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 o 1 (2) 3 (4) 5 (4) 3 (2) 1 o 1 3 5 3 1 o 3 groups: 1 3 5 Dissonance and Consonance Dissonance  Tense, unstable, discordant  Produces tension Consonance  Stable, free of tension, aesthetically pleasing  Releases tension Pitch Hierarchy  Some pitch(es) more important than others  Tonic = tonal center  Key = tonal center named after specific pitch  Dominant = 5th note of scale o Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet  Subdominant = 4th note of scale  Leading tone = 7th note of scale Chords Progression-Sequence of chords


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