Lesson 133: Composition - Melodic Development: "The 3 Times Thing/ Rule"
Melodic Development: "The 3 Times Thing/ Rule"
A very common pattern for melodic development is one I like to refer to as "The 3 Times Thing/ Rule". "The 3 Times Thing/ Rule" means that the same motif is played three times and the third time it continues/ is developed.
You can also think of this as
Yet another way to think of this is:
This development pattern is used in the first half ( the first 8 bars) of When the Saints Go Marching in ( trad.):
Motif | Motif Repeated | Motif Developed |
My composition Waltz #1 utilizes this pattern in the first 8 bars:
You can listen to it here.
More Examples of Melodies Following the "The 3 Times Thing/ Rule" Pattern
Listen to the following tunes:
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