Feb 25

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Play it the way you say it

One of the main reasons we choose to play certain tunes is because we like the melody. Yet, we often overlook how to phrase the melody, and just “play the ink” or copy the phrasing of a recording by rote. But, how do you phrase a melody in a personal and meaningful way?

The key to phrasing a melody is revealed by the lyrics. The lyrics are the story of the song. They indicate the mood and tempo. In many songs the lyrics are written first, and the music is composed to reflect the meaning of the words.

Try this. Speak the words of a song as you would in a conversation, without singing the pitches or the rhythms. Notice the rhythm and cadence of your voice. That is the beginning of learning how to phrase a melody.  Play it the way you say it.

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