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RULES FOR SPECIES COUNTERPOINT 1:1 Considerations for Melodic Writing 1. Melodies must be singable and fall within an acceptable vocal range. 2. Stepwise motion and skips should predominate. A leap or two is acceptable. 3. Treat leaps with care. A leap should be followed by a step in the opposite direction. 4. Avoid melodically dissonant intervals – 7ths, 9ths, augmented/diminished intervals. 5. The leading tone has a strong tendency to move up to the tonic. The submediant in minor has a strong tendency to move down by half-step. Follow these tendencies, unless the notes in question are part of scalar patterns. 6. A good melody has a clearly distinguishable contour, usually with a climax near the middle of the phrase. Avoid centering on one note, or staying within too narrow a range. Considerations for 1:1 Counterpoint 1. Consonances should predominate between voices. NOTE : The Perfect 4th is a DISSONANCE in two-voice counterpoint!!!
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