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Sound of performance

Part 1

Music is the delicate marriage of notes, silence and sound. To understand the above statement fully we must look at sound and notes individually, define it, understand it and apply it practically. Because without notes there can be no sound, we will look at notes first. The most basic explanation of notes can be defined as scales, chords and melodies which is found in songs or compositions if you prefer. Let’s take a look at each one individually: Scales: Scales are the rudiments of songs. It forms the basis from which all music flow. It’s a group of scale degrees (pitches) arranged in ascending order. These pitches span an octave (7 notes) You get a lot of scales namely: Chromatic scales Major (happy) scales Melodic and harmonic Minor (sad) scales Blues scales Pentatonic scales Diatonic scales are scales that include half and hole steps. Octatonic scales Modulation Hexatonic scale Quarter tone Circle of fifths Persian scales Phrygian dominant scales Tetra chords Etc. And the list goes on! There are countless number of musical scales in the world and knowing them by heart gives you the advantage of playing circles around any player out there (not that it’s a competition). That being said. If you play in a band and there is weaker players in the ensemble, make sure to enhance the music by listening what the music wants and giving that to the music. And... for the love of music BE KIND!

Chords are basically two notes played either together at the same time or apart on different times. The last mentioned are called arpeggios.

Melody can be defined as the notes and silences in between notes at the core of a song. It is the most important thing that needs to be developed to its full potential before a piece of music can become magical.

Notes are the physical act of producing sound and should be studied thoroughly before trying to grasp the concept of the sound aspect of music. It can also be seen as the substance that makes up a composition.

A composition is a piece of music that you hear on the radio and see in books on learning to play songs. It is made up of parts for example; Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus, bridge and outtro typically. A great song or composition (if you prefer) has got a hook or a few hooks which serves the purpose of grabbing the attention of the listener. The verse normally is lower in pitch and the chorus typically has got the highest notes (I.e the money notes) in it. If a song is popular then it has ear-worms in it that sticks in you head and won’t leave unless you force it out by thinking about the end of the song.

I hope this was helpful for you. Please watch this space for the rest of this article regarding sound. Please let me know what you thought of this article. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you!


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