Just to let you know, today I’m going to write a reflection about a class we had: MUSIC. I’m going to tell you what I learned in this lesson.
First thing, I learned what is called a interval. I knew this in Japanese but I didn’t know what is called in English. Interval is the distance between 2 different pitches :highest to lowest! For example, from the high C to the low C, the interval is always 7. So if there is an octave difference, the interval will always be 7! Other than that, if is it the low C to the low E, the interval is three because you count: C, D, E.
Second, I learned a word I never knew. I didn’t know that if your interval is at least 3, you call this a leap. This means that if we chose the low C and the low D, the interval become 2 (C, D) so this wouldn’t be a leap. Now we can know that when there is a leap, there needs to be a note in between of the 2 notes you chose. Ex; C-E (there is D in between C and E).
Third, I learned that melody can be without any instruments. I learned that you can make any kind of melody with your mouth or even your own body. Try hitting yourself in the head. There will be a thock sound and if you continue that for a while with different rhythm, you will create a melody. Now try it! Other than that, try kicking a wall with different beats. There will be a bum bum bum bum sound if you kick a wall. If you want to make a melody interesting, you can change the length of the sound.
Next, I learned that whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and rests can change the interest in melodies a lot.. A lot.. A LOT! So….. If you keep on playing quarter notes for a long time, the audience will get very bored even if you change the note. But if you add in eighth notes and half notes, the melody will become interesting. A plain interesting. If you want to put a “VERY” you will neeeeed to add rests. If you keep playing, then it will kind of just pressing the notes. But if you add rests, the audience will clearly understand the melody and rhythm. After you do this, the music will become “VERY interesting.”
Last, I learned how time signatures work. There are many different time signatures, but I will tell you the 3 main signatures that I use a lot. By the way, I don’t know what these numbers meant until this lesson! The 3 main signatures are: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8. Now I learned that the top number is the amount of beats that interacts with the bottom number. The bottom number means the note speed. So lets talk about the most common: 4/4. From the bottom. Since the bottom number is 4, this means there are quarter notes. Since the top is 4, that means there are 4 quarter notes in a phrase/measure. For 6/8, there is 6 eighth notes. For 3/4, there is 3 quarter notes in a measure.
Overall, I learned mainly about melody, rhythm related things (Signatures and etc.) and intervals. I think that music has many different ideas that creates a very good sound. Also I think the three things I learned are very important and they build up a very good melody.