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Author Perricone, Jack.

Title Melody in songwriting : tools and techniques for writing hit songs / Jack Perricone.

Imprint Boston, MA : Berklee Press ; Milwaukee, Wis. : Distributed by Hal Leonard, ©2000.

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Description ix, 180 pages : music ; 31 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Berklee guide
Berklee guide.
Note Includes index.
Contents Introduction -- pt. 1. Melody : its components -- 1. Melody : some basics -- Melody : melodic phrase -- Conjunct/disjunct melodic motion -- Writing for the voice -- The lead sheet -- Guidelines for lead sheet writing -- Repeat signs -- 2. Pitch -- Harmonic series -- The major scale -- Stable and unstable tones -- Tone tendencies -- Tonally open and closed phrases -- Independent melody -- Unstable tones ending phrases -- "My old Kentucky home" -- "Yellow rose of Texas" -- 3. Rhythm -- Pulse, meter, and rhythm -- "Gregorian chant" -- Stress symbols -- Summative stress -- Additional considerations in stress -- Masculine/feminine endings -- Beyond simple prosody -- "Love is you" -- 4. Tone tendencies -- Immediate resolution, delayed resolution, and no resolution -- 5. Symmetry/asymmetry -- Compositional variables -- The number of phrases -- Balance vs. symmetry -- Phrase lengths -- Phrasal balance -- The rhythm of the phrase -- Matched, inexactly matched, and unmatched phrases -- Correspondence of matched phrases with rhyme -- Outer matching -- Matched rhythms -- Inner rhythmic matching -- Open and closed -- 6. Melody in minor -- Overtone series -- The minor scales -- Natural minor or Aeolian mode -- Harmonic minor -- Melodic minor -- 7. Melodic outline; melodic contour -- Melodic outline -- Melodic step progression -- Embellishing the melodic outline -- Analysis of structural tones and embellishing tones -- "Can't take my eyes off of you" -- Melodic contour : ascending, descending, arch, inverted arch and stationary -- "Because you loved me" -- 8. Controlling the speed of your song -- Phrasal acceleration/deceleration -- Use of phrasal acceleration/deceleration in songwriting -- Rhythmic acceleration/deceleration -- 9. Melodic placement -- Phrase endings -- Phrase beginnings -- Pickup notes -- Beginning on the weak part of the measure or metric grouping -- "Love is you" -- 10. Building sections -- The order of the phrases -- Building a symmetric section -- Building a balanced but not perfectly symmetric section -- Open or closed? -- Creating open sections -- Unbalancing a section -- Creating interesting balanced sections -- Fragmentation -- 11. Developmental techniques -- Motive -- Variety within unity -- Development technique #1 : retain the rhythmic structure, change the pitch, sequence -- Use of developmental technique #1 in the compositional process -- Developmental technique #2 : varying the phrase structure -- Extension and truncation -- Developmental techniques -- 12. Form -- Song forms -- The central statement -- Song sections : verse, refrain, chorus, bridge, transitional bridge, primary bridge -- Frequently encountered song forms -- The "standards" song form -- The introductory verse -- The chorus -- The concept of open and closed and its relationship to form -- Verse/refrain -- Verse/chorus -- Bridge sections --
pt. 2. Melody-harmony relationships -- 13. Functional harmony and harmonic progression -- Tonic function triads -- Subdominant function triads -- Dominant function triads -- Stability/instability in harmonic progression -- Functional harmonic progressions -- 14. A unified theory of melody and harmony -- Melodic progression -- INdependent and dependent melodies -- Why a unified theory? -- "Come rain or come shine" -- 15. Non-chord tones and tensions -- Non-chord tones -- Neighbor tone, changing tone, passing tone, unprepared approach tone, escape tone, anticipation, suspension -- "Killing me softly" -- Tensions -- Non-chord tones and tensions -- 16. Making harmonic choices -- Harmonic choices -- 17. Melody/bass relationships -- Motion of the bass to the melody : oblique motion, parallel motion, similar motion, contrary motion -- chord inversions -- Consonance/dissonance of intervals -- 18. Harmony in minor -- Traditional harmony in minor : natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor -- The harmonic minor scale -- The melodic minor scale -- Melody/harmony relationships in minor -- Minor to major/major to minor -- Use in form -- Modal interchange -- 19. Additional melodic/harmonic considerations -- Harmonic rhythm -- Harmonic cadence -- Use in form -- Harmony's effect on the phrase -- The harmonic-metric phrase and the melodic-rhythmic phrase -- "The long and winding road" -- 20. Starting with a chord progressions -- Melodic integrity -- Front-heavy, back-heavy melodic phrases -- 21. Pedal point, sus chords, and chords without thirds -- Pedal point -- Sus chords and chords without thirds -- Chords without thirds -- 22. Blues/rock -- Major pentatonic -- Minor pentatonic -- Independence of melody and harmony -- Characteristic rock harmony -- Root motion -- "Addicted to love" -- Form in blues and early rock -- Emphasis at the beginning -- Emphasis at the subdominant -- Emphasis on the dominant or on the final cadence -- Adding a bridge to the blues -- Other blues-derived forms -- Stylistic considerations -- 23. Modes -- Aeolian mode or natural minor -- Chord progressions in the Aeolian mode -- Strong cadencing progressions -- Root motion -- Dorian mode -- Chord progressions in the Dorian mode -- Mixolydian mode -- Typical Mixolydian progressions -- Use of pedal point.
Summary This comprehensive guide unlocks the secrets of hit songs, examining them, and revealing why they succeed. Learn to write memorable melodies and discover the dynamic relationships between melody, harmony, rhythm, and rhyme.
Subject Popular music -- Writing and publishing.
ISBN 063400638X
9780634006388
Music No. HL50449419 Hal Leonard

 
    
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