March 3, 2015 - 074060
16 Bar Melody Reflection
Over the past couple of weeks we have been working on a 16 bar melody composition in music class.
Something that worked really well in this composition was the Alberti bass because while the chord and the harmony were playing, I still felt that some parts were a little bit empty and the Alberti bass filled out those spaces very nicely because the sounds worked well together. Something that didn’t work as well was that some of the staccato’s that I put in, I didn’t feel like they were in the right places until I listened to it after I was finished. Luckily, I still had a couple days to change it, so it now sounds better but I still feel that one or two notes in my composition could be changed to make the rhythm sound better. The reason I didn’t change those notes was because I couldn’t put my finger on which notes they would sound better on because I feel that I worked on it for too long with no breaks and eventually after I did that, it all blended together, but in a negative way. The reason for this was because it all started to sound the same because I had listened to it so many times and I couldn’t tell if something needed improvement or if it was a positive aspect of the song.
Some of the patterns that were in my song were that in most of the bars, the notes were kind of like a mountain, because it starts off low than in the middle it is the peak of the bar. In my ending, it is not a cliffhanger, it sounds like it is an ending. Something that I changed during my composition was originally I was going to do C Major for my chords but then I decided to change it to F Major because I thought that it sounded better after I wrote my melody. I also did a lot of editing with my dynamics because I couldn’t exactly put my finger on what sounded good because if I thought something didn’t sound good, I would do so much editing before finding the perfect sound.
Something that I could improve is that instead of doing everything at once and only editing some parts slightly, I should do drafts and get more feedback on my song. Some of the challenges that I faced while writing my 16 bar melody were that sometimes I got stumped on what sounded better in the melody, and which chords I should use because sometimes the jump in the pitch would be half an octave, which is too big and then I would have to change it to sound more similar.
To view my composition (.pdf), click this link: 16 Bar Melody FMajor.