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Scales, Intervals, Common Chords, Dominant Seventh Chord and Melody Making.

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reverse our first Section an it downward towards our
this process in the next Section, we reach our Tonic, complete the second Phrase, and
also complete the Period:
Here it is:
All this may seem very simple indeed, but it is necessary, in order to show how Melody is made to grow, and to aid in developing logical habits of musical thought.
Now, let the student go to work. Here is a Phrase. Let the student complete the Period, by adding a second Phrase, according to the method outlined.
Many good Melodies are to be found which are chiefly Diatonic, with very few skips. Many are as simple in Rhythm as our present examples. Take the familiar "Old Hundred ", for instance. Find this tune. Play and sing it.
Diatonic Melodies are the best practice at the outset, but of course, skips may be introduced. Melodies may be constructed by deriving the Motives from Triads or Common Chords. This is also good practice. Here is a Period constructed in this manner:

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