Melody

Melody refers to a tune or song with notes written horizontally on a music staff and played one at a time on the piano.



Have you ever wanted to play a song that you heard on the radio, on television or just sung by a friend? You can sound out the notes on your keyboard before even learning to read them on music paper. These tones, can be of different frequencies (pitches) and can have the same or different lengths (durations) going up (ascending) to the right on the piano, or down (descending) to the left. The notes can include conjunct intervals, (a close stepwise relationship of notes); and disjunct intervals, (leaps or skips) of pitch relationships.

Have you ever experienced a tune you can remember for a long time because you like it?  How amazing it is that a beautiful song you may want to learn to play that was written many centuries before you were born can bring these emotional experiences to you even though the composer is no longer living!

Melodies may appear as only markings on a page of lines and spaces. But these notes can be thought of as bits of energy that are waiting to be expressed from the pure high notes to the depth of low notes. A simple tune may bring all kinds of emotions to us such as fun, great joy, frustration or sadness that reminds us of events we experienced before, at the present time, or with hope for the future. How great it is to be able to play these notes that evoke all kinds of moods through music via the acoustic piano or digital keyboard.


Go to the Comments Page to tell me about songs you like so I can help you learn to play them.


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