Lesson 128: Ostinato
What Is an Ostinato?
An ostinato is a motif or phrase that repeats in the same musical voice. Ostinati are often used in modal jazz, latin jazz, traditional African music and film/ TV music.
Some Examples of Ostinatos
Listen to the following tunes:
Example: Elevator Tune #2 by me
I came up with this nice bass ostinato:
I then made a tune out of it. It became rather repetitive, so I called it Elevator Tune #2. Writing and producing elevator music might well become a hobby of mine. I have always wondered who makes the "music" we hear in elevators, hotel lobbies, public toilets, cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, waiting rooms etc. or while waiting to get through with a phone call - and if I did it myself then I would know! :-P Anyway, you can listen to the tune here.
Writing a Tune Starting with a Bass Ostinato
It can be very easy to write a tune starting with an ostinato and building from there.
First, you have to come up with a good bass ostinato:
Then you can add chords:
And finally you have to find a good melody or a melodic riff to go with it:
If we add one more note we get a very interesting saxophone line/ riff in thirds and fourths:
You can listen to the tune here.
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