Tip #80 – Variation with Anticipation

“I see you shiver with an-ti-ci…


Enough Rocky Horror Picture Show for now. Onto today’s tip:

Say you have a simple melody with all of the melodic notes appearing on the downbeats of the measure. But what if you wanted to make it more interesting?

One option is to take the original melody and adjust the rhythm with the use of anticipations. For a quick reminder: an anticipation is music is when a note is played BEFORE the beat.

Below is an example of variations using anticipatory melodic rhythm that you can take inspiration from:

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