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2 - Creating a new Pattern

MelodicMatch allows you to search for a series of horizontal (melodic) intervals expressed in MelodicMatch's own numeric notation. In the Adagio-Presto movement, the Presto begins at bar 24. The first violin part is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1

There are a number of approaches available to you in creating a pattern that models this music. As an intervallic pattern, you might model the opening quavers of the violin part as an ascending scale. In MelodicMatch, you can create a pattern to model this outline by configuring the Pattern Options dialog box. On the Edit menu, click Add Pattern... and select A pattern of intervals in the What to search for group.

Figure 2

The screenshot in Figure 2 shows an intervallic pattern configured to start on the A below Middle C. The numbers in the Pattern field are used to indicate the distance in semitones from one note to the next. In this example, the pattern represents a major scale from A rising to F-sharp, ending on a G-natural. The numbers representing each interval are separated by spaces. You can use 0 to represent repeated notes and negative numbers to represent descending intervals. The Pattern Options dialog box automatically shows the names of the notes in the pattern as you type the numbers.

You can leave the number in the First note field set to 0 if you don't want to specify a starting note. MelodicMatch can still search for a sequence of intervals regardless of the pitch on which they start. However, if you specify a starting note, you can restrict the pattern to match only at specific transpositions. This can be a useful technique when you're working in tonal music and want to trace the modulations throughout a piece.

You can specify as many intervals as you want to in an intervallic pattern. A good technique is to start by specifying a small number of intervals - two or three - and then refining your search to exclude results that don't reflect the identity of the pattern.

Having created the first pattern for the search, click OK on the Pattern Options dialog to save the details.

The tutorial continues by Setting the Search Options.



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