CONTROLLING THE SPEEDPHRASAL ACCELERATION
You can change the speed of your song without changing the tempo (actual speed).Vary the length of the phrasesVary the rhythm within the phrases. This allows you to show contrast between sections.
PHRASAL ACCELERATION The length of your starting phrase establishes a pattern.
If the following phrases remain the same, they are Constant When
phrases move from longer to shorter they produce phrasal
This acceleration is a form of tension that highlights a
If the phrases return to the longer phrase it relieves
PHRASAL DECELLERATIONWhen phrases move from shorter to longer they produce phrasal decelleration.These
two devices will highlight specific sections of a song.
focus the listeners attention, (perhaps on the title line).
also provide contrast from one section to the next.
speed up the rhythm by playing more
rhythmic strikes, while maintaining the same rhythmic pattern.Or, moving from a larger rhythmic division to a smaller one.
RHYTHMIC DECELERATIONYou move from a smaller rhythmic division to a larger one. Playing slower, keeping the rhythm. Getting to the essence. Use
of rhythmic acceleration / deceleration creates a tension that is resolved when the music
returns to it's original rhythmic pattern.
This could also
be used to highlight a title line.