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Lilt: a theory of melody

A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Secondary Benefits

Secondary benefits are byproducts of productive life habits. For example, suppose I start playing some etudes to increase my technical ability, but the whole time I am doing this I am also reading music and thus improving my reading ability on the side. Or if I join the choir for socializing and then also improve my musical ear. I clean my house to feel more at ease here, and the side benefit is ... a clean house. Funny how that works.

A negative activity is less likely to have a positive side effect.

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