Friday, October 2, 2015


Well, this is complicated... Normally the best way to practice this would be to just write a bunch in different textures, but some of you probably aren't at that stage yet, so let's keep things simpler. If you can, though, definitely try writing in the various different textures. You can also switch back and forth between them during a song, so keep that in mind.

1) The following are all the same melody with different textured accompaniments. Which is which? Remember, the 5 textures are Monophonic, Heterophonic, Homophonic, Homorhythmic, and Polyphonic.

2) Try to find examples of the different textures. See if you can find one for each: Monophonic, Heterophonic, Homophonic, Homorhythmic, and Polyphonic. Some of those will be harder than others, but they're all out there! Try to find a bunch of examples: Is there one texture that you find you like more than the others? If so, why do you think that is?

3) Aw, heck, let's write some stuff. Here's a melody, give me a countermelody that compliments it. A good rule of thumb is that when one is busy the other should be more calm. That doesn't mean resting, of course, but less active. If you don't feel up to counterpoint, maybe try a homophonic or homorhythmic accompaniment instead?

And that's textures! Thanks for trying the exercises, and we'll see you next week!

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