The above are examples of three types of musical texture:
- MONOPHONIC – “one sound”
- POLYPHONIC – “many sounds”
- HOMOPHONIC – “same sounds – this is often melody with accompaniment”
Which clip represents which type of texture?
Other techniques to explore include using:
- CANON (Row, Row, Row Your Boat?)
Which of the above techniques is being used in the examples below:
Today we will explore some textural techniques to help support and create more melodic bang for your buck..
To begin with we will have a look at a tune you should all know well..
Your melodic mission is to:
1. Compose a four bar melody using the keys of G major or it’s relative minor key E minor (the notes for these keys are below). You must write your melody out using a wipe board – accurate PITCH is most important. Your melody must be singable. The melody can be played on any pitched instrument.
- If you have chosen G major, the chords for your melody are: G – D – Am – C (one chord per bar)
- If you have chosen E minor, the chords for your melody are: Em – G – D – Am (one chord per bar)
2. Develop your melodic texture to include a second instrumental part that uses at least two of the melodic devices below:
- HARMONISING (3rds/6ths)
We will continue with this work in the following lesson where we will also look at polyphonic and homophonic textures..