Right. Now we have the engine running smoothly let’s consider the taste. Here’s my suggestion:


This taste has two components. Let’s call them salt and sweet. The notes are, first the GBgf , followed by eCA. This isn’t the tune, of course. The idea here is to familiarise ourselves with the way the melodic elements feel, what they taste like. It’s fun to improvise with the notes in these two tastes. [nb ‘Taste’ is not the same as ‘chord progression’, or ‘harmonic analysis’; these are rather different ways of analysing and understanding musical structure.]

Now we can hear the way in which these melodic tastes are composed into our verse.


You can hear that this verse, as with the engine, has four lines, two pairs, with a rhyming scheme of AB1AB2. Again, these are ‘semi-rhymes’; the two are very similar, but not quite the same. You can also hear, I hope, that the first line is made up of the ‘salt’ component of our taste, with the B repeated.


What’s more the third line is the same as the first - the question is the same each time; the answers however, are different. Here’s the final answer;


You can hear that this one is made from our ‘sweet’ taste. But what about the first answer?


It is a combination of the two tastes, three notes from each, a saltysweet. GBB ECA Let’s try that.

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