John Carpenter’s theme for ‘Halloween’ is a great example of using a motif to build a composition. A motif is a repeating series of notes used throughout a piece of music. The melody is the motif in this song, and it is repeated throughout the arrangement in a downward modulating movement.
This song is know for building tension, and I stressed that in the arrangement. The tension and dynamics build greatly from the A melody to the D melody. The D melody builds us up, until we resolve back to the A melody for the outro. The tricky part of this arrangement is the dependence of the pinky finger. While the pinky finger is generally the weakest finger, try to make it equal in strength to the other fingers. This is a great song for developing pinky finger strength.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson