Compose your own pentatonic melody
What do we mean by pentatonic?
A pentatonic scale has 5 different notes. There are hundreds of songs which use a pentatonic scale.
We can now make our own dragon dance
To make it sound even more authentic we can add some harmony. To do this, wherever you can, put a second note underneath your first one leaving two blank spaces between. This gives you two notes a 4th apart, which adds to the Chinese sound. The gap between two notes is called an interval.
Here is an example:
On my dragon dance I added a percussion part to give it more flavour and a thicker texture. I chose the woodblock sound but there are other percussion sounds you can choose.
The percussion part is a repeating pattern. What do we call this in music?
Try experimenting with different sounds or make your piece longer by adding some bars (increase the length) in the settings. You can also change the tempo to see what your piece sounds like faster or slower.
You can send your piece to me if you want by clicking on save, copying the link and emailing it to me here firstname.lastname@example.org.