Counterpoint Explained: Concepts in Writing Two or More Melodies


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Counterpoint is the technique of composing two or more melodic lines that are sounded at the same time. Whether a guitar riff against a vocal melody, a bass line against a keyboard melody, or a violin and cello duet, in good counterpoint, these musical lines work together while also maintaining a unique identity. This book combines the foundational principles of traditional classical counterpoint with modern-day examples, demonstrating how counterpoint can play an important role in today's popular music. Concepts include: intervals; melodic motion; writing melodies; voice leading; species counterpoint; practical uses in different styles; and more. Includes access to online audio examples of counterpoint analysis and exercises!

Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

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