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Index - Melody

Creating a melody by combining pitches and rhythms

The following group of pitches as they stand do not constitute an interesting melody. They represent a group of pitches played to a specific rhythm, but the music is not going to grab the listeners’ attention.

Pitches without rhythm:
Melody of pitches without rhythm

The following line is much more interesting rhythmically, but it only has one pitch.

Rhythm with only one pitch:
Rhythm with only one pitch

When the above pitches and rhythms are combined, the resulting music produces a melody that is much more likely to grab the listeners’ attention. It is not likely to win a Grammy, but it is much catchier than the example at the top of the page.

Pitches and rhythm combined = Melody:
Combining pitches and rhythm to create a melody

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