Lesson 67: The Elements of Music
The Elements of Music
The elements of music are:
Rhythm/ time is the most important element of jazz. Being able to
Melody, the recitation and creation of melodies, is the next most important element. A good melodic line has to have a direction, a forward motion which means that ultimately, it has to arrive somewhere.
You could think of jazz as a hybrid between
Color/ Sound/ Timbre
The concept of color is a very complex one. Color can be melody and harmony - the movement of the key centers within a tune or in a complete performance/ record.
Sound/ timbre is also a very complex subject: the use of acoustic versus electric instruments/ sounds, the use of effects and so on... Although these aspects never should be allowed to overshadow the content of the material, they are important. Using distortion/ overdrive is one matter - it is one possible color that you should have in your palette as an electric guitar player - you should not use it all the time in every tune, though. Different types of guitars are different tools that you can use, just as a keyboard player can use the grand piano, the Rhodes, the Hammond or the Wurlitzer - it is possible to get by with only one of these and you always have to be able to get different sounds/ timbres out of one instrument. Using effects is one way but you also have to explore different ways of playing one instrument in order to get different sounds/ timbres out of it.
Form is rhythm on a larger scale. Form exists on several levels, including:
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