4.20 Melodic deviation


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The exercise melodic deviation recognize a follow-up exercise of the exercise Chapter 4.19 Recognizing melody.

The purpose of this exercise is to learn to hear the difference between two melodies. One melody is played and the other melody is notated. The melody played deviates from the notated melody, by only one tone. Discover the wrongly played note.

Exercise melodic deviation

Ear Training exercise 4b: melodic deviation. Being able to hear a wrongly played note.

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Example question

In the next melodie a wrong note is played:

Which note is played incorrectly?

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Practical steps

Sing the notated melody to train your inner hearing abilties. Pay particular attention to:

  • the tonic of the melody.
  • the ascending and descending shape of the melody.
  • small or large skips in the melody.
  • the use of triads.
  • identical notes.
  • the leading tone, especially in a minor key.

Then play the melody and notice that:

  1. the tonic Bb (major) is being played in the first and fourth measure (try to remember how this note sounds).
  2. in the second measure, the skip from F to D (fifth - third) is notated.
  3. in the third measure, the same note D is notated.
  4. try to hear if the third D on the second beat in the second measure is being played (this note is the third D).
  5. try to hear if the third D in the third measure is the same as the third D on the second beat in the second measure (this note is not same).

Answer: the wrong note being played is the note in the third measure, D. An Eb is being played.