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Phrases

 

Most of the music we're looking at is simple dance music, and it can be broken down in to phrases, or distinct parts of the melody. At its simplest, both the A part and the B part will consist of four parts, the first and third parts being identical. The second part will probably be similar to the first, but with a variation, while the final part will tie everything up.

In a sense it can be viewed as a short conversation. The first phrase will be a question such as "Where does that bus go?" The second phrase may be a clarifying question: "You mean the red bus?" The third phrase, "Yes, where does that bus go?" The final phrase is a definite answer, and could be the end of the coversation: "That bus goes to Princes Street!"

 

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