An understanding of how to communicate through the language of music is a key skill to becoming a complete musician. Here, get a complete crash course in key terms and vocabulary of the music language. Lari breaks down the meanings of several key words having to do with sound, pitch, and melody.
- Now we string pitches together…in a particular order…to create a melody.…So when we talk about a melody,…we're talking about a succession…or a series of single pitches…that we perceive as one single entity.…And melody, the word melody, comes from…the Ancient Greek word melos, which means song.…Melody, inherent in the word, we associate it with…something singable.…
A melody is how we define the singable line of a song.…(piano music)…That melody is (singing).…We would define melody as the series of pitches…that I just played.…Let's go back to Mary Had a Little Lamb.…
♫ Mary had a little lamb…Here's the melody.…("Mary Had a Little Lamb")…Those are the pitches that make up the melody…to Mary Had a Little Lamb.…Now, we happen to be playing that melody…in this particular key.…This is identified as E flat, because all of the…melody notes, all of the notes associated with that song…(piano scale music)…come out of the E flat scale.…
And if all the notes in a melody…land in or around the notes of a particular scale,…we call that the key that the melody is in.…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- The history of singing in human culture
- Reviewing the key ingredients needed to be ready to sing
- Understanding your vocal instrument
- Caring for your voice
- Building core strength
- Developing the correct mental approach to singing
- Key terms and vocabulary of the music language
- Using a piano to find the right key