How to Name a Piece of Music (schoolofcomposition)

How to Name a Piece of Music (12+ tips)

Traditionally, composers stuck to 2 ways of naming a piece of music. The first is by describing an element of the music itself such as its form and key (for example, ‘Sonata in A major’). The second is by an extramusical suggestion of a mood, an inspiration, a dedication, and so on.

What's the difference between a hook and a riff

What’s the Difference Between a Hook and a Riff?

The riff is a short and catchy melodic idea and it recurs so often that it gives character and structure to a song. The hook is any part of a song that is meant to grab the listener’s attention. The hook is also catchy but it doesn’t recur as often so that it makes a greater impact when it turns up.

Why are there 3 minor scales

Why are there 3 Minor Scales?

There are 3 minor scales, or more precisely, 3 variants of the minor scale because of how harmony and melody interact in tonal music. Composers change some notes of the minor scale to achieve a specific sound for a particular style.

How to tell if a song is major or minor

How to Tell if the Music is Major or Minor

There are two ways to tell whether a song is major or minor: by ear and by sight. When doing it by ear, listen to the major vs. minor qualities in the music. When reading the sheet music, the answer is in the key signature and in notes and chords are used.

Does every song have a chorus?

Does Every Song have a Chorus?

No, not every song has a chorus. While most songs do have a chorus, there are plenty of great songs without one. These songs are just as effective and prove that is not necessary for a song to have a chorus.