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After many years of practicing, performing and discussing this subject,
I will attempt to explain to all of you who have asked me... what is music?


By using selected patterns and rhythms, music is the art and science of combining sound tones.

The raw material of music is sound, yet all sound is not music. Sounds used in music are selected by pitch, volume and quality. The various frequencies of sounds and their physiological effects can be explained and measured scientifically; for example,the sound of a musical instrument may be studied according to the laws of physics. The sound can be seen as a complex pattern having a number of overtones based on a fundamental tone.

The mathematical relationships of all fundamental tones in music may be calculated to an exact ratio, and a standard set of pitches for each tone can be established. On the other hand, the quality of a sound cannot be measured scientifically.

Musical instruments invented by man produce many varieties of tonal timbre or what is referred to as "Color". The study of the effect of color, along with the various effects of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic qualities of sounds, enters the realm of art or esthetics. Esthetically, music can be described as concerned with hearing and time, rather than sight and space.

Rhythm can be said to be everything pertaining to the duration of musical sounds. It is the length or brevity of tones in music. Rhythm is the counterpart of motion.

Motion can be said to be everything pertaining to the pitch quality of musical sounds. Motion is the height and depth of the frequency of the pitch of a musical tone.

Together, rhythm and motion produce melody. Melody is a succession of tones that form an individual line of musical expression. Melody is a basic element of all music, with the exception of purely percussive music which deals with specifically with rhythms. The qualities of melody are pitch and duration. In musical composition, melody can occur with or without any other music; if it is without other music, it is said to be monophonic. If melody is combined with other melodies, it is said to be polyphonic. Melody combined with harmony is said to be homophonic. It is these three categories that cover the scope of music.

Harmony is any combination of tones played simultaneously. Although harmony is usually thought of as pleasant, it can be consonant or dissonant. Stacked tones are usually called chords. Harmony is the chordal aspect and vertical structure of music.

For thousands of years man has formally organized rhythm and motion of tones to assemble what is known as music.

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