Getting the Most Out of a 2- or 3-Note Melody

February 11, 2015

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It can be easily argued that when it comes to melodies, audiences don’t remember notes – they remember patterns. That notion extends beyond notes, by the way. They remember patterns of notes which get placed over patterns of chord progressions, and delivered to the listener attached to a pattern of rhythms. In other words, good music is a series of interrelated patterns.

All that is because humans rely on pattern recognition to make sense of the world around them. We take comfort, whether we’re talking about music or our daily schedules, in recognizing patterns.


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