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Music Theory, 3E by Michael Miller

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CHAPTER11

Phrases and Forms

In This Chapter

  • Understanding the parts of a piece of music
  • Analyzing song structure
  • Discovering head tunes

Now that you know all about melodies and chord progressions, it’s time to think about the entire piece of music, from start to finish. A piece of music, after all, is more than just an eight-measure melody (and accompanying chords) played once. Most pieces repeat a melody several times, and often contain more than one melody.

When you’re constructing a song (or a longer piece of music), you have to consider the overall form of the piece. If you have a main melody, do you need to repeat that melody—and if so, ...

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