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points, that your melody stands the test, and possesses all these essentials, you may then rest absolutely assured that so far you are on the right track.
Next comes the piano accompaniment to your melody. This requires a careful amount of thought. It must be easy in execution, it must lay under the fingers well, it must be rich in harmony, it must not, as a rule, contain chords of more than three notes, or, at the most, four; it must not lie written in difficult and unpopular keys, and it must be inter­esting. Reference to the chapter that follows will explain the salient points which it, is desirable to have in mind in writing au effective accompaniment.
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