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Imagine life without music? Boring! Music influences your moods, inspires you, turns a simple gathering into a party, and makes you want to dance. But do you know how to talk about music in English?
Let’s pretend that music is like a book. In a book, there are lots of letters of the alphabet. In a song, there are lots of notes. Without notes, there is no music. Musical notes have different sounds with different names. There are seven notes in music – A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
Next is a chord. A chord is like the words in a book. When you put lots of letters together, you make a word, and when you put lots of notes together, you have a chord. It is lovely to listen to a chord because it sounds like the musical notes should be together. The sound is melodic.
Harmony in music is like the arrangement of the letters and words on a page in a book. If you put all the letters together correctly to make a word, and then you put all the words together in the right order to make a sentence – you have a page of a book that makes sense. If you read the page, you won’t know the whole story, but the excerpt will be interesting and it will give you an idea of the style of the book. This is harmony in music. All the notes and the chords put together in the right places makes sense, and we can start to distinguish a tune.
A tune is a series of notes in a sequence that sounds good. A tune in music is like a series of words in a book from the beginning to the end. One word follows the next word so that we have a story of sentences. But be careful, a tune is not the same as the lyrics in a song. Lyrics are the words in a song that tell us a story, but the tune is a story without words. Does that sound confusing? It’s not – read it again!
And when you love the sound of a tune and you want to dance, we say, “What a catchy tune!”
boring = ennuyeux, barbant
mood = humeur
a gathering = un rassemblement
a chord = un accord
lovely = agréable
should = devoir (conditionnelle)
arrangement = composition
to make sense = être logique
the whole (story) = toute (l’histoire)
excerpt = extrait
a tune = une mélodie
the lyrics = les paroles
catchy = entraînant