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Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm Notes MUL 1010*MelodyOne comes from the Greek, and that is the word “melos”. The word melos means “song”, and additionally, some early Greek melodies are based on musical theoretical works of ancient major Greek philosophers such as Aristoxenus, Quintilianus, and Aristotle.On the other hand, the Bible has many references to the use of music and melodies.Jewish scholars indicate that their synagogue melodies are of great antiquity as well.The Jewish musical tradition has enriched all the concepts that we have of melodies, especially for the traditional melodies from the Sinai.There are many views and many concepts and definitions of a melody.The simplest interpretation of a melody is a succession of pitches that happen consecutively, one after the other.Melodies can have a cultural overtone.In design, a good composer takes time to develop his melodies. This will make the audience remember and recognize every time that they listen to this melody.The highest point in a melody is called the climax, and it is the most important part of any melody.Any good melody had a beginning, a middle part, and an ending. And some melodies can have as little as four pitches, or notes.Some of the most sophisticated melodies can have probably 20 or more notes.Pitch is how high or how low you perceived a musical sound as you listened to it. It is also defined as the predominant frequency in a sound.This same frequency has its own unique rate of vibration.Individual pitches are represented by the vibrations per second, which in turn creates a fundamental frequency of sound.The speed of vibration is what determines the resulting note or notes, and this is what affects our musical senses.When you listen to a sound, you are actually listening to a physical frequency that has its own unique sound qualities.The musical frequency of sound gives each note a musical color, and this musical color is described as the characteristic sound of each note.You find 12 notes in the chromatic scale, and they have different shades of sound. A chromatic scale is also known as a cycle. This cycle also introduces the concept of an octave.An octave is defined as an interval; that is, the distance between one note and itself, but either oneoctave higher or one octave lower.This is how we recognize one note and its relationship with the same note at both the higher or the lower register.Women sing the higher octave and men sing the lower octave.Frequency is an acoustical vibration of any musical sound. This vibration is measured in hertz, which is a unit of frequency equivalent to one cycle per second.But hertz are not really crucial elements to enjoy music.Hertz are more than just beautiful sounds. It is a combination of science and emotions.

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