• Michelle Ostrove

Patterns in Music for Singing or Playing Piano

Patterns are one of the most fundamental ingredients of music. Whether you are playing piano or singing a song, it’s all about repeated note patterns. Here are five musical patterns to look for in a song.

Rhythmic Patterns are sounds, silence (rests), and emphasis in certain places. It is a series of notes and rests (silences) in musical form that are written as repeated patterns that flow throughout the song.

Structural Patterns or the song’s form; this is how the song is put together. For instance, most contemporary songs have verse, bridge and chorus. The letters A, B, and C are used to describe the songs form (pattern).

Temporal Patterns has to do with tempo (how fast or slow), how many beats per minute and also the time signature, which means how many beats per measure.

Harmonic Patterns are the harmony of notes (chords) played or sung throughout the song. The chords/harmonies are played in a very predictable pattern and repeated in the music. You also have major and minor chords; major chords are bright and cheery while minor chords sound dark and mysterious.

Melodic Pattern (or motive), which is the melody being played or sung with a fixed pattern throughout the song. Listen to Vivian Nguyen play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and listen for the patterns.


What musical instrument from Spain helps you fish?

A cast-a-net (castanet)

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