“A musical phrase is not the same thing as phrasing. Phrasing is the flavor you bring to the music. It’s your style. It’s the way you put your notes and chords together. A phrase is something different. Both are important.”
What is a musical phrase?
A phrase in music is simply a combination of motifs or the development of a motif that creates part of a melody. These are usually the things that stick in your head, whether you want them to or not. When you write songs, you basically create a musical essay. You can liken musical phrases to sentences in a paragraph. They contain the ideas.
Musical Phrases Examples
- 1st…the MOTIF / MOTIVE:
- short, to the point, could be repeated throughout easily and transposed or elaborated upon
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- 2nd…the PHRASE:
- much longer, contains an entire idea unto itself and possibly leads to another idea or phrase.