Does anyone know Harmony and Melody?

I am gonna confess….I have been slacking lately in the blog department. But I have a good reason. I had my sixth child. A sweet baby girl named, Selah. Ok, that was almost a year ago, but you gotta cut me some slack. Remember I said she’s number 6!!

I was thinking about music lately. In case you are new to the blog, I am a very non-musical mama who is trying to figure out this new language. I have musical parents and a musical husband…and I think my kids might know more about music than me, so I am still on my mission to not feel so dumb. So, like I said, I was thinking about music. The thing that I can’t wrap my head around is the difference between melody and harmony. What is the difference and why does it matter?

The first thing I learned is that the harmony and the melody of a song are to work together. We usually focus on the melody first because it has a lot to do with the vocal quality. The melody consists of words and usually the main instrument in the song, while the harmony is the background tone created by the other instruments. The harmony is made up of the notes and chords, which is very important. That makes sense. But then someone started saying that the melody is horizontal and the harmony is vertical…not sure about that.

Here is a song with no melody. Make sure you don’t fall asleep.

Here is a song with no harmony. Go ahead and get some coffee.

Hearing the difference is very valuable. I do not have an “ear for music”. I need things broken down into the simplest form. But now that I have heard the separation, I can hear the difference more easily.

In my research, I learned that rhythm is just as important as melody and harmony. Rhythm is the organization of the notes on a time line. The key word is NOTES. If you pick up some sheet music you will see that all those notes determine the rhythm of a song. Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm are all important in comprising a song. The cool thing is that when writing a song or picking a piece to play, you can determine which of the three to accentuate. It all depends on the style of music that you want to play!

For more clarity, watch this guy. He speaks my language. And don’t forget to leave me some comments. Who introduced you to Melody, Harmony, and their best friend Rhythm?

~Kelly