Ideas Bank

THE IDEAS BANK – have you used any of the following features in your composition?

AoS 1 RHYTHM & METRE

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drum fills – marking new sections

melodic and harmonic rhythms – reflected/supported by percussive parts

think about chord rhythm, at the moment the chords always change once per bar

more use of syncopation – this can be any instrumental or percussive part

layering of percussive parts – could include shaker/ tambourine/congas etc.

use of dotted rhythms

remember that rhythmic development can apply to any part NOT just the drums -think about chord rhythms and melodic rhythm too.

variety of drum grooves – each section should have it’s own drum groove

Appropriate quantising applied

Solid sense of pulse established

Your grooves fit with your chosen style

Appropriate tempo set

Use of simple time

Use of half time to create contrast

Use of hemiola

Use of swing/shuffle rhythms

variety of drum grooves – every 4 bars or so you should edit the groove slightly, even when within the same section 

AoS 2 HARMONY & TONALITY

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use of broken chords to add variety to your harmonic texture

use of 7th chords

contrasting diatonic chord sequence – try relative major key

use of effective diatonic chord sequence

Use of middle eight with harmonic contrast

use of modulation

different chord sequences for verse and chorus

chord sequences have regular cycle lengths – typically 4 or 8 bars

AoS 3 TEXTURE & MELODY

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TEXTURE

doubling in unison – instrumental texture

Use of call and response

Harmonising melody – use of 3rds/6ths

Use of unison and/or octave to thicken melodic texture

Use of backing vocals

Strong riff ideas

Using countermelody

Use of imitation

Use of polyphony

MELODY

Use of pentatonic scale

Use of minor blues scale – A-C-D-D#-E-G

Use of anacrusis

Use of chromaticism

Use of blue notes

Use of variety in note lengths and melodic rhythms

Repetition and step-wise motion to be used in your melody line

Use of diatonic melody within an octave

Use of question and answer

Use of improvisation

AoS 4 TIMBRE & DYNAMICS

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DYNAMICS

Use of dynamic contrast

Use of crescendo/diminuendo

Use of sforzando (stabs)

TIMBRE

variation of instrumental techniques

Use of orchestral string techniques – pizzicato, staccato, arco (legato), tremolando 

Use of orchestral brass techniques – staccato, legato

Vocal techniques – falsetto, vibrato, glissando, ornamentation

Use of guitar techniques – picking, strumming, palm-muting, bends, hammer-on/pull-off, slides, fingerpicking

Use of guitar FX – distortion/overdrive, wah-wah, delay (echo), reverb, chorus

Synth sounds – editing

Aos 5 STRUCTURE & FORM

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Use of motivic development

Use of augmentation/diminution

Use of sequence

Clear intro

Use of binary form

use of middle 8

clear use of song form

Clearly defined ending

clear structure – Section A, B, A, C, A (Rondo)

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