PART 1 – DEVELOPMENT OF MUSICAL MATERIAL
All ideas should be written with the same time signature (with either 2 or 3 or 4beat feel – not a mixture) and the same basic tempo. Whenever you have worked out any of these exercises well, play them into the computer, each to a new track or pattern (ask for advice, if you are not sure).
1. Create a short fanfare-like phrase of a few (2-4) bars’ duration. It should be intended to be played in unison (i.e. without an chords in the accompaniment) . It will work best if the notes of the I chord (maybe also those of the V chord) in C major are firmly emphasised.
2. Create a more lyrical (or melodic) melody in C major (which later will be accompanied). It should last 6 or 8 bars and finish on the note C. (Remember the work you have done on question-and-answer phrases and sequence.)
3. Create a more powerful melody of 4 or 8 bar’s duration, perhaps using sharp rhythmic ideas. Start and finish this on a C. (Using short sets of repeated notes might help you to build this melody.)
4. Invent a short musical idea (not really a melody) – maybe an adapted scale starting on C. It should last no more than 2 bars and you should be able to repeat it several times in SEQUENCE (starting each repeat on a higher or lower note) until a note of a D7 chord (D, F-sharp, A or C) is finally reached. The whole passage should not be more than 8 bars long. (In the sequences you might find the addition of some sharpened notes advantageous.) In the same way that the musical ideas you developed in sections 1-3 made a contrasting and complementary collection of themes, so too you should try to obtain similar variety and balance in the ideas developed in sections 5-7.
5. Make up a 4-bar tune in G major (remember this means no more Fs, but F#s!), The first bar should particularly emphasise the notes of the I (G-B-D) chord and the second bar, using the same rhythm as bar 1, emphasizes the notes of the V (D-F#-A-C) chord. Continue as you wish, but finish in the middle of the 4th bar on a note of the V (D-F#-A-C) chord. (You will probably feel that the melody sounds incomplete, wanting to continue in the way it started. This is fine!)
6. Write a similar simple melody of 4 bars. It should again use the I chord in bar 1 but now to a different rhythm. In the 2nd bar it should emphasise the IV (C-E-G) chord instead of the V chord. This time it should end on a G at the start of the 4th bar.
7. Write in G major a bass theme, which seems to be full of strength. It should start on G and also finish on a G at the beginning of the third bar. Also, if you emphasise the note D, it will help to create a sense of strength. On all accounts use a D before your final G.