MELODY Definition: A series of pitches that move forward (the sing-able part) within a piece of music. Types of Melody There are two types of Melody. CONJUNCT A conjunct melody is a melody that moves in stepwise motion. DISJUNCT A Disjunct melody is one that moves with more leaps (jumps) than steps. PITCH Definition: The degree of highness or lowness of a sound. Melodic Line • Melody is a timely arranged linear sequence of pitched sounds that the listener perceives as a single entity. It's the notes that catch your ear as you listen; the line that sounds most important is the melody. First of all, a melodic line of a piece of music is a succession of notes that make up a melody. Melodic Pattern • a melodic pattern is an intervallic and rhythmic repetition of notes, which you usually sequence through a scale or arpeggio. Melodic Contour • Melodic contour is the direction of tones ascending and descending in a melody without regard to the rhythm of the actual notes. Notes can move upward If you think of the lines as a ladder, it is easier to understand them. The higher you climb on the ladder of lines, the higher the notes will sound. The spaces count as steps on the ladder too. Notes can move downward Notes can repeat or stay the same Notes can move by step • This means there will be a note on every line and space, consecutively Notes can move by skip This means that notes are placed on the staff, or sounded by a pattern of skipping every other note. *In the example below, the space notes are skipped, so the notes move up by skip. Notes can move by leap • • This means that the distance between the notes is farther than a skip. Notes that move by leap will sound far apart as well.