One way to Subdivide the Beat is to play triplet chords in the left hand. Can you think of some
Trying play the melody in Sixths going up and down the C major scale…
There is no rule that says that the melody must be played in the right hand and chords must be
Here is a variation of the previous scale tone idea with suspended resolutions in measures 4 and 8. These suspensions
Although we are calling this a scale tone melody, notice how many of the scale tones are also chord tones.
Let’s play a melody using nothing but chord tones. Notice how we preserved the phrase structure of the original melody.
Let’s change the time signature from 4/4 to 3/4… and notice the nice lilt that three-ness gives to the piece.
Let’s shift the melodic contour to start on the next higher chord tone E, while preserving the exact same rhythm.
Changing the Tonality from C Major to C Minor transforms this piece from bright and happy to dark and sad.
Articulations have a huge effect on the mood of a piece. For example, playing the entire melody staccato gives it