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Music Devices

An interactive version of some musical devices.
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Peter Bryant

on 4 July 2016

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Transcript of Music Devices

Musical
Devices

Riff
Call &
Response

Sequence
Inversion
Cyclic Patterns
Repetition
Canon
Ostinato
Riff:
A short rhythmic or melodic phrase that is repeated.
Common in
Jazz
Rock
Blues
Ostinato:
A musical phrase repeated
over and over again.
Canon:
A melody is imitated by one or more
voices at fixed intervals of pitch and time
Repetition:
When a musical idea is used
more than once in a piece.
Cyclic Patterns:
A repeated pattern of sounds which can be a
melody or an accompaniment. Similar to Ostinato.
Examples can be found in:
Dance Music
Gamelan
Minimalism
Inversion:
An inverted melody has been turned upside-down.
Instead of the melody rising by a third it goes down
by the same interval.
Sequence:
A melodic or harmonic pattern
repeated at different pitches.
Call & response:
Two phrases where the second phrase,
usually played by a different musician
'answers' or responds to the first phrase.
Found in:
Jazz,
Blues
African Music
Gospel
Deep Purple - Smoke on the water!
Bach's Neverending canon
Objectives
All Will Be Able To:
Recognise different musical devices
- to improve our own listening and
composing skills.
We Will Strive To:
Create our own examples of musical
devices.
Connection
Composers use musical devices to
add meaning to their compositions
and make them more appealing to the Listener.
A very popular device is REPETITION.
Listen and watch to find out why repetition
can be so important in music.
Activation
Repetition is one example of a Musical Device.
Here are some others.
How many have you heard of?
Demonstration
Mini Review
We have looked at
4 Devices:
Repetition
Ostinato / Cyclic Patterns
Sequence
Call and Response
All of them are based on Repeating ideas
In pairs, you will now create short musical examples of the following using voice and keyboards.

1/ Repetition
2/ Ostinato
3/ Sequence
4/ Call & Response


Consolidation
Reflect on the different Devices
you have learnt about today.
Can you list three examples
from music you know well?
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