Which pitches do some West African melodies use and why?

In this lesson, we will learn the vocal part of the song "Kuku" and where it fits in the structure of the song. We will also explore how melody is used in some West African music.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.Percussion instruments

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Q2.What is/are the main role/s of tuned percussion instruments ?

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Q3.Axatse, balafon, djembe, gankogui, sabar, talking drums are percussion instruments typically played in which continent?

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Q4.What role might a balafon play in a West African ensemble?

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Q5.How can you make the pitch of a rubber band higher?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Percussion instruments

1/5

Q2.What is/are the main role/s of tuned percussion instruments ?

2/5

Q3.Axatse, balafon, djembe, gankogui, sabar, talking drums are percussion instruments typically played in which continent?

3/5

Q4.What role might a balafon play in a West African ensemble?

4/5

Q5.How can you make the pitch of a rubber band higher?

5/5

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Melodies in West African Music

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Q1.Melody describes

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Q2.What is the definition of a diatonic scale?

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Q3.What is the definition of a pentatonic scale?

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Q4.What other style is mentioned as also using the pentatonic scale in the lesson?

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Q5.How is melody used in some West African music?

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Melodies in West African Music

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Melody describes

1/5

Q2.What is the definition of a diatonic scale?

2/5

Q3.What is the definition of a pentatonic scale?

3/5

Q4.What other style is mentioned as also using the pentatonic scale in the lesson?

4/5

Q5.How is melody used in some West African music?

5/5

Lesson summary: Which pitches do some West African melodies use and why?

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