Category Archives: Texture

Texture 2 – Monophonic, Polyphonic, Homophonic

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?)
  • IMITATION
  • LAYERING

Which of the above techniques is being used in the examples below:

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Texture 1 Task

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..

lean on me texture – 3rds 8ves

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:

    • UNISON
    • OCTAVES
    • HARMONISING (3rds/6ths)

We will continue with this work in the following lesson where we will also look at polyphonic and homophonic textures..