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A capella

A capella music is always for voices. It is vocal music that has no instrumental accompaniment.

A capella music can be polyphonic, homophonic or unison. The words 'a capella' in Italian mean 'in the style of the chapel'. This is because early music for the church was for unaccompanied voices.

Listen to this example of a capella singing - yodelling from Gabon in Africa.

Call-and-response

This texture is when a solo is immediately answered by another tune played or sung by a group. It is used a lot in popular, jazz and world music.

Here is an example of a call-and-response song from Latin America.

Melody and accompaniment

This is a melody which can be sung or played on an instrument, with an accompaniment. A song with piano accompaniment falls into this category.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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