• Michelle Ostrove

IMPACTFUL MOMENTS WHILE SINGING OR PLAYING PIANO

We are all social beings and are hard-wired to interpret silence or breaks in the flow of music. A one-beat or two-beat silence creates an impactful moment in a song. In musical terms (music notation) the silence is called a rest (The attached animated joke is what a quarter rest looks like).


The length of the silence is determined by a few factors. Sometimes you want prevent the next line of the lyrics from getting intertwined with the last line that you sing or play on the piano. The break in sound creates a meditative space for the listener. To bring the music to a complete standstill demonstrates power of emotion being conveyed to the listener.


The rest is often used to create a mystery, drama, or pain. You carry the listeners on a ride of musical thought that leads the listener to think they know what’s coming next. The silence can be used to switch gears unexpectedly. Use the rest (silence) to create a more impactful and emotional moments in a song.


JOKE FOR THE DAY:

Why do fluorescent lights hum? Because they forgot the words


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