If you play a song on the piano or sing a beautiful melody without feeling or emotion, the song will fall flat. If you’ve ever paid attention to music in a movie, you’ll find loud and pulsating music in dramatic, scarry, or terrifying scenes. Or you could have soft, soothing violins in a sad moment or love scene. It’s all about the dynamics.
Dynamics create the mood of the song; it’s the ever-changing loudness and softness of way a song is played or sung. You can play or sing a crescendo (which gradually gets louder) or decrescendo (which is gradually getting softer).
FOR VOICE: Try singing a note and gradually get louder (that is crescendo). Keep a constant airflow as you increase volume. Now continue singing the same note while gradually getting softer (that is decrescendo). Keep the airflow constant as you soften the sound.
FOR PIANO: Place your right thumb on Middle C and play C-D-E-F-G. As you play each note going up, increase the volume for each note (crescendo). Now starting with your pinky on G and go down G-F-E-D-C. As you go down, gradually get softer (decrescendo). You might have trouble with dynamics on a keyboard. Some keyboard have that capability and some do not.
What do dynamics look like in music notation? They are letters: ppp (very, very soft), pp (very soft), p (soft), mp (moderately soft), mf (moderately loud), f (loud), ff (very loud), fff (very, very loud).
JOKE FOR THE DAY:
What is a mummy’s favorite kind of music?