I. Introduction

motif is germ of idea that can be expanding, contracted, etc.

types of motifs:

rhythm (an element that can be placed anywhere)

rhythm (of a whole bar or phrase)

direction (all up, all down, down up, up down up, etc.)

technique (bend, slide, vibrato)

1, 2 or 3 notes that catch your ear (and get repeated or emphasized over multiple phrases)

an interval (distance between 2 notes)

sequence (contour of 3 to 6 notes)

motifs – introduction

II. Types of Motifs

III. Examples of Melodic & Rhythmic Motifs