16 Bar Melody Criterion C&D

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One of the main things I tried keeping consistent in my melody is the structure. We can see that in the piano section, for three bars, I have a half note and then a short melody. The same melody is repeated for the next two bars except the melody is one note higher. Then for bar four I have a melody consisting of only quarter notes. This is repeated up to bar twelve. I decided to have my piano section this way because it gives the audience a sense of repetition which makes them feel more comfortable with my melody. Then, for the bass part of the piano section, I have half notes chords all the way. The chords are the same all the way through the song until the last bar. Again, this is to make the audience more comfortable with my music. In my flute section I decided to repeat my first four bars in bar nine to twelve. I decided to do this because it sort of creates a chorus. It is one of the most memorable parts of my music so the audience can easily remember part of the chorus. In some parts of my melody I put a F or a mF in my flute or piano section and put a P or a mP in the other section. I did this because in some parts I feel like my music would sound better if they focus on one part of the music at a time. Next, every four bars (bar #: four, eight, not sixteen) I have a staccato on my quarter notes. I decided to do this because it effectively indicates that a new section of the music is starting. In my bass part of the piano, the first chords of every section starts with a slur. This again helps the audience infer that a new section of the song is starting. It also makes the music flow well. My use of  crescendo and decrescendo also help the music sound nicer. Most of the time, the crescendos and decrescendos lead to a F, mF, P, mP. it is either to make the audience feel whats coming or something unexpected to make my music sound more interesting. The last thing I will be talking about is fermatas. I decided to end my music with a fermata because it really marks the end of my music effectively.

I think that something that worked really well in my music was the last two bars. My last two bars really flow well and sound really nice to indicate an ending. I believe that this is due to the use of accents and the slur in my chords. A that I think would probably be one my weaknesses would be the third section of my piano melody. I thought it went to fast and it was to rough. I overcame this by adding slurs which made it sound smoother and nicer. To create this piece of music, I went through many steps. The very first thing I did was thinking of a melody the would sound nice. Once I sort of knew where I was headed, I added chords to my bass piano section. Then I thought of short melodies that would fit well in my overall melody. These melodies were divided by phrases one two three and four. Then I found the right notes for my overall melody. After listening to my music a couple of times. I noted down some places that sounded rough or that didn’t flow well with the music. I used accents, dynamics, slurs and crescendos and decrescendos. Once that was done, I listened to my music a couple more times to fix any thing I did not like.  I had my brothers and parents listen to it as well so I could see what my music sounded like in other peoples ears. After receiving feedback, I made final changes to finalize my music. This was how my music was made.

 

Greatest Song Ever Questions

What did you learn about Finale?
I learned how to use articulation, expression and how to add slurs, crescendo and decrescendo. To add articulation you have to click the articulation option, click where you want articulation and then choose what type of articulation you want. To add expression, the concept is the same. It is the same process. To add slurs, you double click where the slur starts and double click where the slur ends. For crescendo, you do the same thing. Double click where it starts and double click where it ends. For decrescendo, you double click where it ends and then double click where it starts. This is what I learned from Finale Notepad.

Did you find Finale easy to use?
At first it is quite difficult to use because there are so many things that are kind of hidden and you need to search them to find them. Then, you kind of get used to it and it is very manageable. Writing music would probably be much easier to write on paper but the thing that it very good in Finale Notepad is that you can play the music and see what it sounds like. This helps you see if anything sounds weird or unusual. Sometimes, it can be very frustrating but then you get used to it and you pretty much know where everything is.

Is there anything you found frustrating or difficult to do or find?
As I said above, at the start it is very hard to find things and you spend so much time navigating with no result. But then eventually you find it and it becomes much more clear and you know what you are doing. What I still wasn’t able to find was how to delete measures. There is a place where it says ‘delete measure but it doesn’t let me. It took me lots of time to understand how it works. Now, I am able to use Finale Notepad pretty well.

Is Finale easier than writing out the music using paper and pencil?
I think that at first it is easier to use paper and pencil. Then, when you start when you start getting used to Finale Notepad it is the same. It just depends on ones preference. What I prefer to use is Finale Notepad because you can listen to what you have made so you can listen as you are creating.

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Reflection on Composition Unit

I think that on my melody Idid alright. From the comments I got, I think that I should  have used dynamics. I completely forgot about using dynamics. I had people mention once or twice but I don’t know why, I didn’t think of using dynamics.

I think that I chose an interesting melody/. That is what I thought personally and what other people thought. When I made my melody I tried to pass the sense of excitement.

Some other popular comments that I got on my melody is flowing. People said that in some places I make it flow really well but in other places I could have added slurs to make it sound better. Also next time I should try to avoid big bounces to make it flow more. The last thing is tempo. I had a couple comments about tempo so I should keep that in mid for next year.

Overall I think I did quite well. I really enjoyed this composition unit.