Category Archives: AoS3 Texture and Melody

Melody presentations

Two podcasts that help with the keywords for melody.

The melody (or tune) is one of the most important parts of music. This podcast covers the keywords diminutionsequenceinversionglissandoportamentoornamentationostinatoriff, methods of articulationpitch bend and improvisation.


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Also listen to this. It starts with diminution.
Here are two older presentations that help with melody keywordsPresentation 1Presentation 2

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Texture and Tonality keywords

Click on the word to link to a definition.

Texture – HomphonicmonophonicpolyphonicMelody and accompaniment.

Tonality

tonal        major        minor         modal

Texture      harmonic/homophonic             polyphonic/contrapuntal         imitation         unison          octaves         single melody line melody with accompaniment

antiphonal (watch the video and ignore the bloke…)

common signs terms & symbols

key signatures

 

Melody keywords

Click on the word to link to a definition and musical example.

Melody
intervals within the octave
conjunct
disjunct
triadic
broken chords (ex) The piano lower part is playing broken chords
scalic
arpeggio
passing notes
acciaccaturas
appoggiaturas
blue notes
diatonic
chromatic
pentatonic
whole tone
modal
augmentation
diminution
sequence (ex) Here the main tune is repeated several times at the beginning beginning on different pitches, hence in sequence.
inversion
slide/glissando/portamento
ornamentation
ostinato      riff
phrasing articulation pitch bend improvisation (ex) Here the trumpet improvises later in the piece.