Next play them as chords, instead of single notes, so for instance in the key of C, the first chord is C, the 4th chord F and the 5th chord G. Chord 2 is D minor and chord 6 is A minor. Use a guitar or piano or these instruments on an App like Garageband.
- C-F-C (1-4-1)
- G-G-C (5-5-1)
- G-G-Am (5-5-6)
- C-Dm-G (1-2-5)
Some handy videos with examples of cadences include:
Some new vocabulary to listen out for are the words: tonic, dominant and subdominant which means chords 1 (I), 4 (IV) and 5 (V).
Listen to the following songs:
- We are men, Amen (Plagal cadence)
- Imperfect friend (Imperfect cadence)
- Perfectly perfect (Perfect cadence)
- We interrupt this message (Interrupted cadence)
Each song outlines one cadence and aims to give you a little bit of context about them. What do you learn about each cadence from the song? What clues do the lyrics give you? Can you identify the examples of the cadences in the songs?
For ten minutes each day listen to music that you generally don’t listen to and try and see if you can pick out any obvious cadences as well as other features you need to know for GCSE such as the instrumental techniques used, the style of the music, the texture etc.
Compose your own cadences:
Create an 8-bar chord progression that features one of the cadences at the end. Try and record a bassline that follows the chord pattern, record the chords next followed by a melody over the top. Over the course of a few weeks do this for each of the cadences.